Eastern Townsihips, photo credit Tourisme Cantons-de-l'Est - Stéphane Lemire
Tour Distance: 435 km (270 mi.)
Duration: 3 to 4 days
Your journey begins in one of Quebec’s most picturesque regions: the Eastern Townships! From Interstate 91 in Vermont, take Autoroute 55 to Autoroute 10, where you can admire Quebec’s beautiful countryside. After spending time in the country, you’ll be ready for an urban adventure! This route suggests these cities: Montréal, Trois-Rivières and Québec City.
A. On the Border. When you arrive in Quebec, drop in at the provincial tourist information centre in Stanstead, where you can plan every detail of your trip. Then, head back out on the road for a pleasant drive through the Eastern Townships and Montérégie regions.
B. Going to Montréal. As you get closer to the Island of Montréal, you can start to see its skyline peeking through on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. Crossing the Champlain Bridge (Autoroute 10) is the most direct option to get onto the island, but the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (via Autoroute 20 and Route 112) affords a great opportunity to admire many landmarks: the quays of the Old Port of Montréal and downtown to your left, the Olympic Stadium to your right and, under the bridge, between the two shores, Parc Jean-Drapeau and the islands that are home to some of the city’s biggest attractions, including the La Ronde amusement park and the Casino de Montréal.
Heading to the North Shore. Your journey continues along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. You have two options: the faster route, Autoroute 40 East, or a more scenic option, the “King’s Road” (signposted Chemin du Roy). Either one will lead you through the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions.
C. We suggest you stop by Trois-Rivières to explore many tourist attractions, including these museums: the Musée québécois de culture populaire and Boréalis, showcasing Quebec’s paper industry.
Old Québec City, photo creditMichel Julien
D. History, Entertainment and Activities. Ready for more tourist attractions? Then head toward Québec City to get your fill of family fun, historical attractions and outdoor activities! Québec City offers a wide range of sites and places to discover. Be sure to visit the Plains of Abraham, the Aquarium du Québec, Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, as well as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée de la civilisation (museums). And, of course, you’ll want to stroll around Old Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.