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Oh Canada - Quebec City, Montreal & Chemin du Roy Advice

Oh Canada - Quebec City, Montreal & Chemin du Roy Advice

Jan 30th, 2019, 05:48 PM
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Oh Canada - Quebec City, Montreal & Chemin du Roy Advice

Now that we have done our best to wreak havoc on the European continent, we have decided to invade our friendly neighbors north of the border. This autumn we are planning for four nights in Montreal and four nights in Quebec City (with perhaps a drive along Chemin du Roy one way).

Although I have turned over planning to Mary on this one (it's tough for me to give up control, but I promised), I'd appreciate any input on some of your favorite sights and restaurants in those two cities. Mary has picked a couple of good hotels, or at least we hope so. Also, I have read about Chemin du Roy, but still don't get a good feel to what to see along the way. Any help there would be welcomed.

Thanks, and we hope we will be let into your country with no problems.

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Feb 1st, 2019, 09:54 PM
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I only recently discovered that Canada was “my” country. My Mom was born in Calgary and apparently that’s all it takes for me to have (or at least apply for) dual citizenship. That said, I haven’t spent a ton of time there, but my husband and I did take a trip to Quebec City this past December and really enjoyed it!

We loved our stay at Hôtel du Vieux-Québec. Great location, really nice room with a fireplace and the staff was friendly and helpful. If you book through their website you get a free breakfast picnic basket delivered to your door each morning. They use a bakery across the street Paillard - St-Jean - croissants that made you think you were in Paris. https://www.hvq.com/en

We got restaurant recommendations from Trip Advisor forums which are more active than this one. We really didn’t have a bad meal. We always like steak frittes in Paris so we wanted to try L'Entrecôte Saint-Jean which was right down the street from our hotel and liked it. Had a very good Italian meal at Portofino. Excellent gravlax and onion soup at Bistro Sous le Fort. We had the famous Sunday brunch at the Frontenac and enjoyed it. Not cheap but a good variety of food in a beautiful room and the view of the snowy boardwalk was fantastic.

I know you are the master of research and thus don’t often take tours, but in case Mary hasn’t learned quite enough to keep up with you, I highly recommend Robert Vandermeer. We did a walking tour of the old town with him and he was great. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you his contact info.

I’ve been to Montreal twice but long enough ago that I can’t make any meaningful recommendations. Both are great cities but we loved the European feel of Quebec!

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Feb 3rd, 2019, 11:46 AM
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For restaurant assistance:

These classify restaurants by area, type of cuisine, with contact information for reservations.They have user-driven reviews. They also indicate which places are AVV -- that's bring your own wine, in French. A number of smaller places allow this service, usually without any corkage fee.
(Note: I gave links to the French versions of the resto pages. There is a little box top right hand corner to click on for English.)

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Feb 4th, 2019, 02:10 PM
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Thank you both. Looks like we are staying at Hotel Le Priori.

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Feb 5th, 2019, 01:07 PM
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We think you'll really like that region of Canada. It's been a while since we've been to Montreal, and probably a lot has changed. But we visited Quebec City in 2011. The TR of visit is one of our first. Under our screen name and reports, it's " Pt. 2:3 Pronged Trip Report: Maine, Quebec City, New Hampshire".

Will you have a car? There are a few things outside the city we enjoyed. But Quebec City itself is interesting to explore. We liked staying near the St Jean Baptiste Gate-lots of restaurants and walking distance to Chateau Frontenac, the TI Center for walking tours, etc. Interesting to learn about the history of the French in the area; Samuel de Champlain and Jacques Cartier. Also high level meetings between Churchill and Roosevelt. Lots to see and do. We think you'll enjoy it. We want to return-when it's warmer weather.
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Feb 7th, 2019, 07:41 AM
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Thanks T&M, We are spending four days in Montreal and four in QC (taking the train). We are renting a car for last day since we have a late afternoon flight out of Montreal. We will drive part of the Chemin du Roy on the way (any suggestions on places to see along that route?) . Merci!

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Hi T & T,

Our trip to Montreal was up through Toronto and Ottawa; then heading west to Algonquin Park. Our visit to Quebec was from Maine. So we didn't travel that Chemin du Roi, except for a small section from Quebec to Trois Rivieres before turning south toward Vermont. So, unfortunately, we don't have any info to offer. But knowing your intensive research, you'll come up with some interesting things to do that last afternoon. Happy Planning!
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The Chemin du Roy is the old road between MTL and QC on the St-Lawrence north shore. It's mostly the same as highway 138 with some bits on parallel roads where with the occasional ancestral home, villages and their big churches as well as roadside farmers' stands. I'd say the best parts are between Cap-de-la-Madeleine (Trois-Rivières) and Neuville. Follow the blue signs.

If you're there during fall colors, I suggest driving further inland from Trois-Rivières to Montréal. Frankly, unless you plan on staying in QC (it's really small), I'd rent a car in MTL or for at least 2 days in QC. The train ride is really boring. It doesn't even stops in QC. You have to transit to a bus in Charny.

East of QC, the old road continues as "Boulevard Royal" and there are more ancestral houses, big churches including Ste--Anne basilica, Montmorency falls, Cap Tourmente if you're there during the Snow Geese migration and you could even drive up to Baie-St-Paul which has a completely different scenery.
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We agree about renting a car out of Quebec City if your group is open to it. You'd probably enjoy visiting Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre. Also, the drive along the St. Lawrence Seaway to the charming town of Baie-St-Paul.
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Feb 10th, 2019, 08:09 AM
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My husband and I live in north central VT about 3 hours from Montreal and 5 from Quebec City. We have always visited using our own car so i can't comment on the train between Montreal and QC other than to say I think that it is easy to take it and there is a shuttle built into the schedule that gets you to the main QC train station. That is quite an impressive building, by the way.

We have driven the Chemin du Roy from Quebec City to Trois Rivieres, and it is a pleasant drive. There aren't a lot of sites to see inside. In general, if you are going to be traveling in the fall you may find some places already closed for the tourist season.
One museum that shows the history of New France is the Maison Saint-Gabriel in Montreal. It is a little out of the way (not in the current Old Montreal neighborhood) but very interesting.

Some restaurants we like in Quebec city are the Lapin Sauté and the Bistro St. Malo. Le Paillard in the Upper City is very good for pastries and sandwiches. If you take the ferry across to Lévis (recommended as a way to get great views of the city) there is a brew pub in Lévis called Le Corsaire.

I agree that there are lots of good day trips from Quebec City but I also think you would find plenty to do right in the city especially if you are interested in museums. The Île d'Orléans would be another good day trip right outside the city.
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Feb 11th, 2019, 09:28 AM
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Thanks everyone! Great info.

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