Here’s a tour that satisfies both the nature lover and the city sophisticate within you. You begin in the cool, cosmopolitan environs of Montreal; a sleek modern city with a French twist, and a list of great sights to see. Then the world around you changes into a landscape of shimmering lakes, deep forests and imposing mountains as you journey to Sacacomie through the province of Quebec, alongside to amazing Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve. And then another contrast; you arrive at quaint Quebec City with its 400 year old walls, its historic buildings lining twisting cobbled streets, its superb French restaurants and romantic ambiance.
Fly into Montreal and you’ll be met and taken to your hotel. Then it’s time to browse the shops and sights of stylish, modern Montreal. But don’t miss the Old Montreal, the charming residential and financial districts and the atmospheric French Quarter with its mix of Continental and Canadian cultures. The Olympic Site, McGill University and the observation point on Mount Royal also await.
Stay: Three nights in Hotel Nelligan.
Collect your car and head for the horizon. Saint-Alexis-des-Monts – in the beautiful heart of the province of Quebec – is astonishingly scenic, as is the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve. The great outdoors experience includes watching black bears, hiking and mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, swimming and fishing, taking ATV tours and exploring the waterways on rafts or aboard motorboats.
Stay: Two nights at Sacacomie Lodge.
Drive to Quebec City along the St Lawrence River and you’ll want to stop often – the scenery is absolutely irresistible. But leave yourself plenty of time to explore this 400 year old walled city – the only one in North America – which is so pretty it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
Can’t bear to leave Quebec just yet? Extend your car hire and travel on to the Eastern Townships or the province’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.
Stay: Three nights in Hotel 71.