Quebec instead of France

Old Jul 27th, 2002, 04:13 PM
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Quebec instead of France

Unfortunately, we may have to postpone a trip to France that we have planned for two weeks in early September. I was thinking that maybe we would go to Quebec for a week: spend a couple of days in Quebec City and then rent a car and drive to some quaint little villages and stay in inns or b&b's. Can anyone suggest an itinerary?
 
Old Jul 27th, 2002, 04:47 PM
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Quebec City is spectacular. You will not be disappointed if you wish to feel the French influence. Spend a few days -3 at most in Quebec and the surrounding area-Montmorency Falls are just a 10 minute drive away(waterfalls-higher than Niagara). Then drive along the not so scenic route towards Montreal---where I live...Party the night away here-as nightlife is nothing else in Canada. Try Crescent Street for the clubs and pubs or St. Laurent Blvd(a.k.k the Main) for spotting any famous movie stars and chill at a club lounge. Old MOntreal is Great for walking and taking in the day at the Old POrt. Lots of cute restaurants and cafes. Then on to Ottawa-Canada's boring capital...nevertheless might as well visit it since you're so close by. Quebec City to Montreal is at most a 3hr drive..Mtl-Ottawa is at most a 1.5-2 hr drive.

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Old Jul 27th, 2002, 06:29 PM
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Thank you, Jetsetter. Any suggestions for quaint villages/rural areas to visit after a few days in Quebec City?
 
Old Jul 28th, 2002, 12:33 PM
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Hey Jetsetter, Fran said she wanted a taste of France not England! Ottawa? Really...

Fran: When in Quebec City, you can easily go to Ile d'Orléans. Nice French colonial villages there. Then for a trip from Quebec City, do the south shore of the St-Lawrence first (that way you'll be saving desert for last). Take route 132 east. Stop for one night in Kamouraska or St-André and then drive up to Le Bic (one night). See the Parc national du Bic.
Come back towards Rivière-du-Loup and take a mid-afternoon ferry to St-Siméon. (Check schedule at www.travrdlstsim.com/e/horaire/index.htm)

From St-Siméon take route 170 ouest. Stop in Anse St-Jean for a beautiful village and great view of the Saguenay fjord.
Continue to Chicoutimi (1 night). Don't miss the museum at the Vieille Pulperie.

From Chicoutimi return via the North Shore of the Saguenay (Route 172 east) Stop at Ste-Rose-du-Nord. (one night) Don't miss a cruise on the Saguenay fjord aboard "La Marjolaine" Two cruises per day from Ste-Rose-du-Nord.

From Ste-Rose-du-Nord head towards Tadoussac on Route 172 east. The road follows the valley of the Ste-Marguerite river. At Tadoussac, take the ferry towards Baie Ste-Catherine (free). Take 138 west to La Malbaie, then 362 West to Baie-St-Paul. Stop in Baie St-Paul, an artists' mecca (one night).

Places to stay & eat:

Kamouraska: Auberge Foin de Mer. Right on the St-L. Beautiful view. (www.aubergefoindemer.com)

Le Bic: Auberge du Mange-grenouille. Very nice decoration & fabulous food.
(www.aubergedumangegrenouille.qc.ca)

Chicoutimi: Auberge des Gouverneurs. Modern, but convenient on blvd Talbot. www.gouverneur.com/chicoutimi/accueil.html). Excellent restaurant nearby is Le Deauville. La Cuisine on rue Racine in Old Chicoutimi is also excellent.

Ste-Rose-du-Nord: Gîte Le Presbytère. is also an excellent restaurant. No web site.

Baie St-Paul: La Corbière. 10 mins outside of town, but very nice. (www.lacorbiere.com). A good bistro in Baie St-Paul: Le St-Pub on rue St-Jean-Baptiste.

Have a great trip!
 
Old Jul 29th, 2002, 05:56 AM
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Fran:

Here's a great resource for planning your trip:

www.beauxvillages.qc.ca/anglais/accueil_a.html

This is the web site of the "Association des plus beaux vllages du Québec". (Nicest villages Association). You will find many downriver from Quebec City.
 
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