Side Trips from Quebec City

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  • 1. Basilique Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré

    Named for Québec's patron saint (the mother of the Virgin Mary), this small town is on Route 138, east of Québec City. It attracts more...Read More

  • 2. Réserve Faunique du Cap Tourmente

    Recognized as a Wetland of International Significance, this nature reserve protects a vital habitat for migrating greater snow geese, and sees more than a million...Read More

  • 3. Atelier Paré (Economuseum of Wood Sculpture)

    Two centuries of wood sculpture tradition are showcased at this "economuseum," a combination workshop and store. Visitors can watch artisans at work, tour an outdoor...Read More

  • 4. Casino de Charlevoix


    The casino is one of four gaming halls in Québec (the others are in Montréal, Gatineau, and Mont-Tremblant) owned and operated by Loto-Québec. Charlevoix's, the...Read More

  • 5. Cassis Monna et filles

    This family farm has won international awards for its crème de cassis, a liqueur made from black currants. In its vast and attractive tasting room...Read More

  • 6. Centre d'Interprétation des Mammifères Marins

    You can learn more about the whales and their habitat at this interpretation center run by a locally based research team. They're only too glad...Read More

  • 7. Chapelle Commémorative

    Across from Basilique Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, this chapel was designed by Claude Bailiff and built in 1878. It was constructed on the transept of a church built...Read More

  • 8. Chute Montmorency

    The river cascading over a cliff into the St. Lawrence is one of the most beautiful sights in the province—and at 27 stories high, the...Read More

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  • 9. Église St-François

    Built in 1734, St-François is one of eight extant churches in Québec dating from the French regime. At the time the English seized Québec City...Read More

  • 10. Église St-Jean

    At the eastern end of the village sits a massive granite structure built in 1749, with large red doors and a towering steeple. The church...Read More

  • 11. Église St-Laurent

    The tall, inspiring church that stands next to the village marina on chemin Royal was built in 1860 on the site of an 18th-century church...Read More

  • 12. Église St-Pierre

    The oldest church on the island dates from 1717. It's no longer used for worship, but it was restored during the 1960s and is open...Read More

  • 13. Église Ste-Famille

    This impressive church, constructed in 1749, is the only one in Québec to have three bell towers at its front. The ceiling was redone in...Read More

  • 14. Île-aux-Coudres

    A free, government-run ferry from the wharf in St-Joseph-de-la-Rive takes you on the 15-minute trip to the island where Jacques Cartier's men gathered coudres (hazelnuts)...Read More

  • 15. La Forge à Pique-Assaut

    This working forge belongs to the talented local artisan Guy Bel, who has done ironwork restoration for Québec City. He was born in Lyon, France,...Read More

  • 16. La Halte Miel

    Things are buzzing at this workshop and store devoted to bees and honey. An exhibit explains every aspect of honey production, and you can taste...Read More

  • 17. Maison d'affinage Maurice Dufour

    The Dufour family produces some of the best cheese in the region, made from the milk of the herds of sheep and cows that can...Read More

  • 18. Maison Gourdeau de Beaulieu

    The island's first home was built in 1648 for Jacques Gourdeau de Beaulieu, who was the first seigneur (a landholder who distributed lots to tenant...Read More

  • 19. Maison René Richard

    Many of Québec's greatest landscape artists, including Jean-Paul Lemieux and Clarence Gagnon, have depicted the area, and a selection of these works is on show...Read More

  • 20. Manoir Mauvide-Genest

    St-Jean's beautiful Normandy-style manor was built in 1734 for Jean Mauvide, the surgeon to Louis XV, and his wife, Marie-Anne Genest. The most notable thing...Read More

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