The Voyageur's Quebec Trail

  • Start: Quebec, Canada
  • End: Quebec, Canada
  • Last Modified: 2011-12-28 19:40:34
  • Total Mileage: 0 Miles
  • Number of stops: 38

Description

Montreal store clerks greet you in French and English. Cafe au lait is served in a bowl. Pet owners bring their dogs to upscale hotels like Le St-Sulpice and Loews Hotel Vogue. There's a bit of North American flair to this European style. French fries come served with mayonnaise or smothered in cheese curds and gravy, an artery-clogging treat called poutine. You'll find all this and more in a scenic drive northeast along the St. Lawrence River from Montreal to the mouth of the Saguenay River, at Baie St-Catherine. Tours, artists, and shopping are all here in the Editor's Picks, shown in bold, our way of sharing with you those special things we call "Best of the Road." The French history of the area began in the 1600s, when fur traders started to ply the St. Lawrence. At the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site, a short drive from Montreal's Dorval Airport, you'll learn how the desire for soft beaver-fur top hats launched an economy that survives to this day. From Lachine, head to Old Montreal-- Vieux Montreal-- for a continuation of the history lesson. At the Montreal Museum of Archeology and History, patrons actually walk under the streets and see excavations of early times. Settlers were important to the area, and France encouraged young women to find sailor husbands in this new territory. A church in the old port area, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, was dedicated to those sailors and their brides. Lighted miniature ships hang from the ceiling. A tour of the adjacent museum includes a climb to the top of the belvedere and an unparalleled view of the city. Other must-see sites in Vieux Montreal include Notre-Dame Basilica, Place Jacques Cartier, Sulpician Seminary, and St-James Street. Shopping in Montreal is legendary. In the old city, there are loads of souvenir shops as well as a few stores selling native Canadian art. But don't stop at the old city borders. Along with the public markets, there are 31 kilometers of underground shops in the downtown area, as well as the well-known St-Catherine Street shopping. Museum-goers and culture lovers will delight in the offerings here, including the famed Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, McCord Museum of Canadian History, the large and beautifully designed Botanical Garden and Insectarium, the Biodome, and more. Of course, food entices everyone. A few places to try: Rosalie, a restaurant near the St-Catherine Street area, and St-Viateur Bagel, a Montreal institution serving smoky-sweet bagels daily. For a beautiful view before leaving the city, head up the hill to take advantage of a scenic overlook at Mont-Royal Park and to see the magnificent church at St. Joseph's Oratory, a Catholic pilgrimage site. Be sure to ask for directions to the overlooks -- the park is large and it is sometimes difficult to find the spots. From Montreal, the highway is the fastest route to Quebec City. But the Royal Road (le Chemin du Roy), the first road in Quebec, dates from 1737 and is far more bucolic. It passes through farmlands, paralleling the river from Trois Rivieres east to Quebec City. In the summer and fall, farmstands dot the roadside, selling strawberries, corn, tomatoes, and other goods. Many bicyclists ride the wide shoulder in summer. The first site for most visitors to this oldest walled city in North America is Le Chateau Frontenac. The imposing Norman-style chateau was built in 1893 inside the walls of the old city overlooking the old port and the St. Lawrence. Rooms here are lavish, meals gourmet, and amenities extensive. A fascinating peek into the chateau's history can be had for a small fee, as tours take place several times daily, led by guides dressed in Victorian-era costumes. From Le Chateau Frontenac, tourists scramble down the stairs just outside or ride the funicular down to the crowded streets of the old port. At the bottom, a right turn to the end of rue du Petit Champlain street leads to a wonderful mural.

Stop #1:

Lachine National Historic Site
Quebec, Canada

Stop #2:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal, QC

Stop #4:

Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
Montreal, QC

Stop #5:

Notre-Dame Basilica
Montreal, QC

Stop #6:

Place Jacques-Cartier
Montreal, QC

Stop #7:

St-James Street
Montreal, QC

Stop #8:

Worn Doorstep
Montreal, QC

Stop #10:

Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
Montreal, QC

Stop #11:

McCord Museum of Canadian History
Montreal, QC

Stop #12:

Rosalie Restaurant
Montreal, QC

Stop #13:

St-Viateur Bagel
Montreal, QC

Stop #14:

Mont-Royal Park
Montreal, QC

Stop #15:

St. Joseph's Oratory
Montreal, QC

Stop #16:

Atwater Public Market
Montreal, QC

Stop #17:

Botanical Garden and Insectarium
Montreal, QC

Stop #18:

Montreal Biodome
Montreal, QC

Stop #19:

Royal Road (le Chemin du Roy)
Montreal, QC

Stop #20:

rue du Petit Champlain St. mural
Quebec City, QC

Stop #22:

Choco-Musee Erico
Quebec City, QC

Stop #23:

Epicerie Europeenne
Quebec City, QC

Stop #24:

Epicerie J.A. Moisan
Quebec City, QC

Stop #25:

Gourmet Shops on Rue Saint-Jean
Quebec City, QC

Stop #26:

Ursuline Museum
Quebec, Canada

Stop #27:

Le Chateau Frontenac
Quebec, Canada

Stop #28:

Canadian Museum of Civilization
Quebec, Canada

Stop #29:

Musée de l’abeille
Quebec, Canada

Stop #30:

Sainte-Anne-du-Beaupre Sanctuary
Quebec, Canada

Stop #31:

Baie-St-Paul artists village
Quebec, Canada

Stop #32:

Microbrasserie Le Saint-Pub
Quebec, Canada

Stop #33:

Papeterie St-Gilles paper economuseum
Quebec, Canada

Stop #34:

Charlevoix Maritime Museum
Quebec, Canada

Stop #35:

Les Moulins de I'isle-aux-Coudres
Quebec, Canada

Stop #36:

Le Manoir Richelieu
Quebec, Canada

Stop #37:

Poterie de Port-au-Persil
Quebec, Canada

Stop #38:

Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park
Quebec, Canada
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