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Montréal to Québec City Tour

Check out the many historic cities and major metropolitan areas along the St. Lawrence River. Explore the trail from Canada's Cultural Capital to La Vieille Capitale – and most everywhere in between.

Montréal

The province of Quebec’s largest city – and the second largest in the country – Montréal is a cultural hub of eastern Canada to say the least, and is appropriately nicknamed, “Canada's Cultural Capital.”

Must See
Montréal’s architecture is well known, as it is home to 50 National Historic Sites of Canada and in 2006, was awarded the UNESCO City of Design.

Must sees include the 1823 National Historic Site of Canada, the Notre-Dame Basilica, Canada’s largest church, the Saint Joseph's Oratory, and the Olympic Stadium – featuring the world’s tallest leaning tower and home to the Montréal Botanical Garden.

Local Guide
Party like a local at the annual Montréal High Lights Festival – held each February in downtown Montreal at the Quartier des Spectacles. The Montréal en Lumière draws nearly one million people for food, arts, and special events.

Outdoor
Mount Royal Park is the outdoor spot in Montréal. Check out Beaver Lake, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument, a short ski slope, a sculpture garden, historic sites, and more.

St. Jerome

Known as a gateway to the Laurentian Mountains, St. Jerome is a historic city set in southern Quebec along Autoroute 15.

Must See
The Cathédrale Saint-Jérôme is an impressive, castle-like structure built in 1897. Open throughout the year and offering tours in French and English, the Saint-Jérôme cathedral also features a museum focusing on Curé Labelle.

Local Guide
Set in the Lower Laurentian Mountains, Nid'Otruche is a quaint ostrich farm ideal for those interested in Quebec agritourism. Guests enjoy tractor rides, a farm café, and visiting over 200 onsite ostriches.

Outdoor
All this Laurentian Mountains talk should make you want to get out there. Check out the Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord for hiking, cycling, fishing, and kayaking – plus winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Laval

Roughly 40 kilometres southeast of St. Jerome, Laval lies as Montréal’s biggest suburb, and the third largest city in Quebec.

Must See
First stop in Laval is the Cosmodome. A combination of the Space Science Center and Space Camp Canada, the Cosmodome features two lunar rocks, Zero G Wall, a Space Station Mobility Trainer, and more.

Local Guide
For a real vacation feel, head to Centropolis – an entertainment district offering restaurants, shopping, events, and more.

Outdoor
Open throughout the year, the Centre de la nature de Laval is great for hiking, biking, picnicking, and lake activities like kayaking and canoeing. Winter fun at Centre de la nature includes ice-skating, cross-country skiing, tubing, and more.

Dorval

Set south of Laval, Dorval is yet another fascinating suburb of Montréal. Dorval is an incredibly historic city, known for being founded in 1667 – making it the West Island’s oldest city.

Must See
Check out Dorval’s lengthy history at the Museum of Local History & Heritage. The MLHH has featured exhibits like “Tinker, Tailor, Farmer, Soldier” and “Treasures from the Richelieu River.”

Local Guide
Enjoy a picnic, browse through the general store, or stop by the petting zoo at the Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park's Ecological Farm in nearby Pierrefonds. Outdoor
Dorval yields plenty of picturesque parks throughout town. Try the sledding hill at Courtland Park, enjoy kayaking at Pine Beach Park, or stroll through the Peace Park Arboretum.

Brossard

Set on the Saint Lawrence River, Brossard is the ideal gateway to southern Quebec’s Montérégie region.

Must See
Enjoy a picnic at the historic Chambly Canal National Historic Site in nearby Chambly.

Local Guide
Back in Brossard, hit the many stores of the Quartier DIX30 shopping district. Covering over 250,000 square metres, Quartier DIX30 features boutiques, bars, restaurants, department stores, and much more.

Outdoor
Anticipate more hiking, nature viewing, and winter activities at the Parc National du Mont-Saint-Bruno – just north of Brossard.

Drummondville

Found along the Trans-Canada Highway, Drummondville lies over 100 kilometres northeast of the Montréal area. Cross the St. Lawrence River by way of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, and head for Quebec's Capital of Expression & Traditions.

Must See
The historic Village Québécois d'Antan is a living museum depicting the Drummondville of the 1800s. Covering nearly three square kilometres, this festive village features 70 structures, the La Ferme d’Antan, and holiday events like Le Village Hanté, Le Village Illuminé Desjardins, and Le Village Sucré.

Local Guide
Head to Woodyatt Park in July for the annual Mondial des Cultures – a folk dance festival founded in 1982. Special events include the International Parade, the Youth Area Hydro-Québec, Flavor’s Alley, the International Market, and the Grande Place SAQ.

Outdoor
Winter travelers, try snow shoeing, tubing on three trails, skiing, and of course snowball fights near the St. Francis River at La Courvalloise.

Sidetrip! Quebec's Eastern Townships

Drummondville also acts as a gateway to Quebec's beautiful Eastern Townships. Explore small and scenic cities like Victoriaville, Thetford Mines, Sherbrooke, Granby, Magog, and Cowansville. Check out historic sites like the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and the Louis S. St-Laurent National Historic Site of Canada, or ski areas like Mount Orford, Mount Sutton, and Owl's Head. Plenty of antique shops, walking tours, museums, wineries, golf courses, and restaurants are found throughout southeastern Quebec. Explore this unforgettable region along the 418-kilometre Townships Trail, the scenic, 157-kilometre Summit Drive, and the Wine Route Brome-Missisquoi – hitting over 20 wineries.

Québec City

The capital and second largest city of Québec, Québec City lies 150 kilometres northeast of Drummondville along Trans-Canada Highway. Intersected by the Saint Lawrence River, the La Vieille Capitale features even more famous landmarks in QC.

Must See
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Town Québec is THE historic neighbourhood of Québec City. Also known as the Vieux-Québec and loosely the Latin Quarter, the 135-hectare area features over 14,000 historic structures. Iconic sites include the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral and the Séminaire de Québec – all surrounded by the fort-like Ramparts of Québec City.

Local Guide
The annual Carnaval de Québec is great way to get to know true Québec City. Held in late winter, the Québec Winter Carnival is one of the world’s largest winter festivals, and offers art, food, competitions, a market, parades, and much more. Be sure to check out the famous Ice Palace.

Outdoor
Set in northern Québec City, the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is home to the 84-metre high, 46-metre wide Chute Montmorency. Montmorency Falls Park features stairways, a suspension bridge, and an aerial tram to allow visitors to get a closer look of Montmorency Falls – and you’ll be thankful.