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August trip to Montreal, Quebec and the Eastern Townships

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Hello all. My husband and I are hoping to go to Quebec province later this year and would really appreciate your help. We’re in our 60s and walk a lot, love architecture, history, gardens, walking but not strenuous mountain hiking, and good food. I am of French Canadian background and remember my Dad’s stories of visiting family in the Province. We love the mountains and forests and are not particularly into laying on the beach, golfing, or boating. I’d say that we are not New York City kinds of people (it’s too fast paced for us), but we do love Paris, and our favorite place to go close to home is Santa Barbara - just to give you an idea of what we enjoy.

The plan at this point is as follows:
LAX-Montreal, 3-4 nights
http://aubergeduvieuxport.com
train to Quebec City, 3 nights
http://hotelsduvieuxquebec.com/en/auberge-place-d-armes/
Rent a car and perhaps stay one night on the Ile D’Orleans
http://www.danslesbrasdemorphee.com
Drive to the Eastern Townships, 3 nights
http://www.manoirhovey.com/en

From there we’ll either return the car and fly home from Montreal, or arrange to get to the Portsmouth NH area to visit my brother and fly home from Boston.

I think we’d take at least one walking tour to learn more about the history of both cities. In Montreal, we'd like to see the Botanical Gardens, Basilica and Oratory, etc and just wander around the city. In Quebec, a day trip to St Anne de Beaupre, the falls, the Musee des Beaux Arts, and again, just walking around. And eating:)

Based on the kinds of things we like, would you suggest three or four nights in Montreal, or switching and adding those nights to Quebec City? It looks like there are more “places” in Montreal, but I’m not sure.

For the second part in the countryside, I was attracted to the Ile D’Orleans as well - it sounds lovely, In the ET we’d maybe stay in North Hatley at the Manoir Hovey - I think I bookmarked that several years ago. I’ve read all of Louise Penny’s novels, and the picture she paints of the area sounds so relaxing!

We don’t want to have a car in Quebec City, and it’s my understanding that there’s no public transportation ON the island, so we would need to see it after departing our QC hotel. Do you think that a day on the island will be different enough from the Eastern Townships?

We’re unfortunately limited to the last two weeks in August because of work considerations. Originally we were looking into Switzerland, but the cost is a lot (and it went up last week), we loved coastal Maine a few years ago, and we love Canada. We were a little concerned about the humidity, but figured that maybe going to the countryside and forests will help out a little…?

Thanks you in advance for your help!

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