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nannydallas Feb 9th, 2010 11:50 AM

Toronto to Quebec City
We're planning to drive from Toronto to Quebec City in June stopping in Ottawa and Montreal, are there any places in between that are worth a visit / stopover and what kind of scenery can we expect during the trip?

Daniel_Williams Feb 9th, 2010 01:39 PM

Hello nannydallas

Scenery Montreal-Quebec City: mostly flat pastureland, industry or suburban sprawl on the highway; ditto for Ottawa-Montreal and Toronto-Montreal. Sorry that's what it mostly is... if you get off the highway, however, there are some pleasant lake & river views to be had.

Kingston, Ontario has some handsome(especially limestone) architecture, lakeviews and friendly charm (between Toronto and Ottawa/Montreal). Kingston was capital of United Canada at one point, and as a result has more stately buildings than one might expect.

Trois-Rivieres between Montreal and Quebec City is one of the earliest settlements in the region and although much was destroyed in a fire in the early 1900s, has a number of beautiful homes and churches in the undestroyed remnants of the old quarter that truly bring one back to a forgotten time. A predominantly French-speaking city that since it is off the tourist map, it's not a bad place to go if practice your French is what you want to do!

Best wishes, Daniel

almcd Feb 10th, 2010 05:34 AM

You could go to Gananoque, just east of Kingston, and take the Thousand Island cruise. It is about a two hour trip and is a very enjoyable way to see how the other half live. The cruise from Gananoque is better than the one from Kingston.I hope you have enough time to do all these cities. It is about 6 hours from Toronto to Montreal and another three to Quebec City.

nannydallas Feb 10th, 2010 02:02 PM

Thanks for your help, we're from England so haven't a clue about the area. The cruise sounds good, might go for that.

almcd Feb 11th, 2010 05:37 AM

Have you never been to this part of the world before? Driving in and around Montreal is not easy. For example, in almost all of Canada, you can turn right on a red light if the way is clear, but not on the island (the centre part)of Montreal. You would be well advised to avoid using your car in Montreal and to use the Metro where possible. It is also possible to take the train to Quebec City from Montreal. It is a three hour journey either way and you probably will have little need for a car once you are in Quebec City. How long are you planning for your whole trip?

nannydallas Feb 11th, 2010 08:52 AM

Hope to go for 3 weeks in June, we've only travelled to the west of Canada never been to the eastern side.

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