Getting Here and Around

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Getting Here and Around

To reach Montmorency Falls, take Route 440 (Autoroute Dufferin–Montmorency) east from Québec City approximately 9½ km (6 miles) to the exit for Montmorency Falls. For Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, take Route 440 (Autoroute Dufferin–Montmorency) east from Québec City for approximately 35 km (21 miles). To get to Île d'Orléans, take Route 440 (Autoroute Dufferin–Montmorency) northeast. After a drive of about 10 km (6 miles) take the Pont de l'Île d'Orléans (a bridge) to the island. The main road, chemin Royal (Route 368), circles the island, extending 67 km (42 miles) through the island's six villages; the route turns into chemin du Bout de l'Île in Ste-Pétronille.

To get to Charlevoix from Québec City, take Route 440 (Autoroute Dufferin–Montmorency) northeast and then continue on Route 138 past Côte-de-Beaupré. From there you'll be able to branch out for destinations such as Petit-Rivière-St-François or Baie-St-Paul. Though taking it will add a half hour to your trip from Québec City, Route 362 between Baie-St-Paul and La Malbaie is much more scenic.

Another way to explore the exceptional beauty of the region is to hop aboard Le Massif Charlevoix, a train that takes 3½ hours to travel along the shoreline from Parc de la Chute-Montmorency station to La Malbaie. A round-trip costs C$275, including lunch and dinner.

Train Information

Le Massif de Charlevoix train (418/632–5876 or 877/536–2774. www.lemassif.com/train.)

That said, most people traveling to this region do so by car, making it easy to spend as much or as little time in any given area as desired. Québec continues to expand its Route Verte (Green Route), a 3,600-km (2,230-mile) network of bike trails in the southern part of the province.

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