Best driving route Ottawa to Quebec City

Jul 24th, 2004, 04:40 AM
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Best driving route Ottawa to Quebec City

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We're planning a trip in Oct 2nd driving a rental car from Ottawa to Quebec City. Can anyone tell me what is the quickest route to take? And is it scenic? Thanks!
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Jul 25th, 2004, 05:10 PM
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The shortest route is not necessarily the quickest, but as you are travelling on a Saturday, traffic in Montréal may not be too bad.

Take Highway 417 East from Ottawa. Once you cross the Québec border, it becomes Route 40. Continue on Route 40 through Montréal until you reach Québec. This takes you along the north side of the St. Lawrence through Trois-Rivières. The problem could be that through Montréal, Route 40 is the notorious Metropolitan Boulevard, which is often subject to stop and go through congestion or construction.

An alternative would be Route 20 to the south of the St. Lawrence Don't take the Lafontaine tunnel, but rather the Champlain Bridge. Follow Route 40 as far as Route 15, and follow it to the Champlain Bridge. When you exit the bridge, you can immediately join Route 20. Alternatively, my preferred way is to leave 40 at Route 13, then 20 to the Champlain Bridge and continue on to Québec.

None of these routes are particularly scenic, but they are all autoroutes and will get you from Ottawa to Québec in somewhat under 5 hours, barring delays in Montréal. Route 20 from Montréal to Québec is particularly boring.

There are more scenic ways to go, using secondary highways, but they will certainly take longer.
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Jul 26th, 2004, 02:11 PM
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You should get good fall color at that time though, it will still be a nice drive.
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