Meandering the Backroads of Québec

Fancy a Little Adventure with your Croissant?

Mathieu Dupuis

The French-speaking province of Québec is nearly three times the size of France, so it is well worth spending longer here, to really explore the landscape, culture and people of this unique part of Canada. And as usual we make sure that there are plenty of optional activities for you to get out there and explore in a way that suits you best.

  • Starting From

    $2,590 USD

    per person
  • Trip length

    12 days

    11 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Montreal, Magog, Rivière-du-Loup, Rimouski, Tadoussac, Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec City

Montréal & Québec City

Montréal is buzzing, cosmopolitan; the commercial heart of French Canada and a magnet for French-speaking people from around the world. Québec City is more quaint, historic – and the place to learn about the fascinating history of France in North America.

The Eastern Townships & Bas-Saint-Laurent

We get you away from the main centres – out into the countryside and the quaint villages of Québec. Here you can enjoy exploring the region’s beautiful countryside and the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River in a more intimate setting – and you’ll be amazed by the local cuisine, wine, and adventures awaiting you as you travel the backroads at a leisurely pace.

Days of Exploring and Nights In Charming Inns

With our almost daily tour and adventure options there is something for most tastes and abilities (and we can always give you more choices when you call) – and our carefully selected accommodations are the perfect places to share stories over a glass of wine and a great meal.


Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Arrival in Montréal

Welcome to Montréal! Rich in culture and beautiful architecture, Montréal makes for a fabulous city to explore. Venture by foot along the cobblestone streets and narrow lane-ways discovering what makes this city fabulous.

Intermediate Sized Car Rental

(1 of 2 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Montréal in Summer

(2 of 2 activities)

Montréal has the old world charm of Europe with a contemporary design. There is a real joie de vivre here and since most Montréalers are bilingual, there’s no need to worry about speaking any French. During the summer months, the smell of fresh made pastries and live music waft from open air cafés, and outdoor patios. A days wander can take you past stunning heritage landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Basilica and Place Jacques-Cartier and along the quays of the Old Port, where a host of river excursions and activities take place. Known for their festivals, the Montréal Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs comedy festival and yearly Formula 1 Grand Prix make Montréal an exciting destination in the summer months.

Overnight in Montréal

Overnight in a Boutique level hotel, such as the Hotel Nelligan. You'll enjoy the unique character of these properties, which are often in historic buildings. They feature intimate service, excellent restaurants, and modern luxuries.

Day 02

Montréal to Eastern Townships

Today you’ll begin your exploration of the French-Canadian countryside. You’ll find yourselves travelling over rolling hills, through quaint villages and past picturesque pastoral vistas today as you enter the Cantons de l’Est or the Eastern Townships.

Eastern Townships Trail in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Nestled between northern Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, the Townships share a similar climate and architectural & cultural heritage with much of New England. Three heritage trails that include 66 historical and culturally-important buildings, one historical mining route, and a general store transformed into a cultural and community centre make the area of the Eastern Townships a site worth seeing! The Townships Trail, is a marked tourist route highlighting the natural and man-made heritage of the area.

Overnight in Magog

Overnight in an Inn or B&B, such as Au Saut Du Lit. These character properties include clean, cozy accommodations plus the hospitality of your local hosts.

Day 03

Taste of the Eastern Townships

Today the day is yours to explore the treasures of the Eastern Townships. Whether you choose to explore the region’s two wine routes, taste its delicious wares, or march up a mountain - you will not be left wanting.

Memphrémagog in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Memphrémagog is one of the largest tourist regions in the Eastern Townships, boasting an exceptional location, the stunning Lake Memphrémagog and the Appalachian Mountains as its backdrop. The area is a lively place year-round, with a multitude of cultural, sporting, gourmet activities and events. Come during July and see the beautiful colours of the lavender fields or visit in September for the fall colours festival.

Countryside Train Tour and Dining Experience

(1 of 2 options)

All aboard the Orford Express! Immerse yourself in the Quebec countryside on this train and dining excursion featuring locally-sourced seasonal delicacies paired with some of the most beautiful scenery this province has to offer.

Lake Memphremagog Gastronomy Cruise

(2 of 2 options)

Enjoy a gastronomic cruise on Lake Memphremagog featuring gourmet food from local Eastern Township ingredients. Live music entertains you as you cruise along the lake and take in the beautiful surroundings from your window on the luxury boat.

Day 04

Eastern Townships to Lower Saint Lawrence

Today you have a full day to explore this rich countryside further. After departing the Eastern Townships you’ll find yourself in two distinct areas of Québec: Central Québec (Centre-du-Québec) and the Lower Saint Lawrence (Bas-Saint-Laurent). You have plenty of time to explore each, so be sure to make stops along the way to indulge in all this beautiful province has to offer.

Overnight in Riviere-du-Loup

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Auberge de la Pointe. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 05

Explore the Lower Saint Lawrence Region

As you travel today along the southern Saint Lawrence River, enjoy the spectacular vistas, charming villages and many activity options the area has to offer.

Lower Bas-Saint-Laurent in Summer

(1 of 2 activities)

Located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, lies the picturesque region of Bas-Saint-Laurent. Rich in beautiful nature, wildlife and history, the region offers a little something for everyone. Visit the quaint coastal villages, historic lighthouses, museums and artisan shops, as you drive along the shore to gain a deeper knowledge of the history and heritage of the area and the people who call this stunning region home.

Admission to Site Historique Maritime

(2 of 2 activities)

The amazing historical site provides an interactive and in depth look into over 200 years of maritime history. Onsite you have access to the HMCS Onondaga, the first submarine open to the public for viewing, a pavilion displaying artifacts and tells the story of the wreckage of the ocean liner Empress of Ireland, and the Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse buildings.

Overnight in Le Bic

Overnight at Auberge Du Mange Grenouille. This charming Auberge faces the Bic Islands, just minutes from Bic National Park. Enjoy the whimsical decor and amenities including a restaurant and wine bar.

Day 06

Lower Saint Lawrence to the North Shore

Following the shores of the St. Lawrence River you’ll make your way to the local commuter ferry and traverse across the St. Lawrence River to Les Escoumis. Keep your eyes peeled for whales and other wildlife on your journey. Once in Les Escoumins, make your way to the seaside town of Tadoussac located at the mouth of the Saguenay River.

Ferry from Trois-Pistoles to Les Escoumins

(1 of 1 activities)

Board the Heritage I and cross the Saint Lawrence River northbound from Trois-Pistoles to Les Escoumins. Keep your eyes open for marine wildlife and enjoy the views as you make the crossing.

Overnight in Tadoussac

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Hotel Tadoussac. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 07

Discovering Tadoussac and the North Shore

Enjoy a day of discovery in the beautiful Côte-Nord region. Its idyllic location at the junction of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Charlevoix area, offers ample wildlife opportunities, outdoor adventure, and culture discovery.

Tadoussac in Summer

(1 of 2 activities)

Tadoussac is a small village located on the North Shore region of the St. Lawrence River and the Saguenay Fjord making it the perfect place to view humpbacks, minkes and blue whales steaming through the area. Whales are not the only reason to visit Tadoussac! The tiny walkable town has a rich history as the center of the fur trade between First Nation's peoples and the French in the late 17th century.

Saguenay River Cruise to L'Anse-Saint-Jean

(2 of 2 activities)

Glide along the Saguenay Fjord from Tadoussac on this return riverboat-style cruise to quaint L'Anse-Saint-Jean, where you will stopover for 1.5 hours to explore. The return journey includes a detour to the fjord's highest rock formations and the famous Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay statue.

Day 08

Whale Watching / Tadoussac to Baie-Saint-Paul

Before you leave Tadoussac today, head out on a whale watching adventure to get up close to the magnificent creatures that call this area home. Later today, travel the spectacular landscapes of the Charlevoix on the Flavour Trail (Route de Saveurs) to discover local Charlevoix products such as ciders, craft beers, pâtés, cheeses, fine chocolates, and more.

Charlevoix Region

(1 of 1 activities)

Following the shores of the St. Lawrence River, you’ll be treated to unparalleled views of the St. Lawrence River against a backdrop of rugged mountains and National Parks. A cultural hub, the region is home to artisans, painters, poets, writers, and musicians. Explore the bohemian towns where you can pass the day exploring art galleries, cafes, and colourful, centuries-old buildings. Alternately, grab a map of the Charlevoix’s famous ‘Flavour Trail’ and sample local ciders, traditionally made beers, cheeses, chocolates, organic meat, and bread - all made fresh from the farm. Or take a ferry and visit nearby Ile Aux Coudres, with its small historic chapels and farm-to-table eateries.

Tadoussac Whale Watching Tour in Covered Boat

(1 of 2 options)

Guided by a local and knowledgeable marine naturalist, encounter majestic marine life on boat tour at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River.

Tadoussac Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac

(2 of 2 options)

Guided by a local and knowledgeable marine naturalist, encounter majestic marine life on a zodiac boat tour at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River.

Overnight in Baie-Saint-Paul

Overnight in an Inn or B&B, such as Auberge La Muse. These character properties include clean, cozy accommodations plus the hospitality of your local hosts.

Day 09

Discover Charlevoix

Take the day to explore the beautiful town of Baie-Saint-Paul and the surrounding Charlevoix region. Known for its gastronomy, farming, and beautiful nature, it will be sure to satisfy and amaze any visitors cravings.

Baie-Saint-Paul in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

As the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, Baie-Saint-Paul boasts a beautiful blend of nature and culture. Positioned between mountains and sea, this is where poets, painters and buskers have forever found larger-than-life inspiration. Find your own inspiration at the Tourist Information Centre where you can pick up a self-guided tour map including the Streetside History Tour or Architectural Heritage Tour and immerse yourself in their tales. Or, for a quick glance at Charlevoix’s history, pop by Rivière du Gouffre (behind Caisse populaire Desjardins) where, under Leclerc Bridge, an immense mural spins the narrative of Charlevoix.

Charlevoix Helicopter Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Discover some of Québec’s most beautiful landscapes and scenery by helicopter. Follow the meandering Gouffre river out to the stunning Saint Lawrence river. Look down at Baie-Saint-Paul and Isle-aux-Coudres surrounded by blue water!

Gourmet Food and Nature Tour by Electric Bike

(2 of 2 options)

On this guided tour, you will explore the nature, culture and flavours of Baie-Saint-Paul and its surroundings by electric bicycle. You’ll indulge in lovely prepared lunch composed of terroir products, and a Charlevoix wine and cheese tasting. Pure fun!

Day 10

Baie-Saint-Paul to Québec City

Make your way to Québec City through the stunning countryside along the north shores of the St. Lawrence River. Be sure to take your time to stop in at the charming villages and attractions along the way before settling into the walled city tonight.

Québec Countryside in Summer

(1 of 2 activities)

The Québec countryside has so much to offer within a short driving distance of the city. You have access to boundless nature, rich history and unique cultural experiences. Explore the coast of the St. Lawrence river and follow in the footsteps of pilgrims with a stop at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine for a living history lesson. Located just over the bridge from Québec City, visit the many artisan shops and farm stands of Île d'Orléans where you can indulge in the delicious flavours of local products. Another must is Montmorency Falls, they are simply breathtaking and located only 15 minutes east of Québec City.

Admission to Canyon Sainte-Anne

(2 of 2 activities)

With a waterfall flowing into this spectacular canyon, three suspension bridges, and activity options for people of all fitness and ability levels, Canyon Sainte-Anne is the perfect place to immerse yourself in this region's great outdoors.

Overnight in Québec City

Overnight in a Boutique level hotel, such as the Hotel Port Royal. You'll enjoy the unique character of these properties, which are often in historic buildings. They feature intimate service, excellent restaurants, and modern luxuries.

Day 11

Explore Québec City

Welcome to Québec City, one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th century houses and soaring church spires. The city’s compact size makes it ideal for walking, and it shines brightest when you slow down.

Québec City in Summer

(1 of 1 activities)

Visitors to Old Québec soon see why UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure! You'll love Château Frontenac (the world's most photographed hotel), the centuries-old architecture, and the historic sites. The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to the city’s European charm. Highlights of a visit to Québec City include the Place Royale, the Vieux-Port de Québec, Plains of Abraham, Quartier Petit Champlain, and La Citadelle de Québec. A short cruise on the St. Lawrence river is also a great way to spend a day or evening.

Privately Guided Walking Tour of Québec City

(1 of 3 options)

Discover the essence of Québec City with a private walking tour! This private tour covers the architecture, culture, economy and the pivotal events of Québec's history.

Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Pass

(2 of 3 options)

Enjoy the convenience and freedom of a hop on hop off tour experience around Québec City on a double decker bus. Top attractions include Old Québec, Fortifications of Québec, Quartier Petit Champlain, Place Royale, Vieux-Port de Québec, and La Citadelle de Québec to name just a few.

Old Québec Culinary Walking Tour

(3 of 3 options)

On a guided walking tour, treat yourself to a behind the scenes experience of Old Québec City and discover its gastronomy and culinary history. Let the aromas and flavours transport you through the historic walled city!

Day 12

Depart Quebec City

All too soon, your Quebec adventure comes to an end. Check out of your hotel and drop off your car at the Quebec City airport.


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  • 11 nights in a range of inn and boutique accommodations

Eastern Townships Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Countryside Train Tour and Dining Experience
  2. Lake Memphremagog Gastronomy Cruise

Lower Saint Lawrence (Rimouski area) Included Activity:

  • Admission to Site Historique Maritime

Tadoussac Activity Options:

Day 1 – Included:

  • Saguenay River Cruise to L'Anse-Saint-Jean

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Tadoussac Whale Watching Tour by Covered Boat
  2. Tadoussac Whale Watching Tour by Zodiac

Baie-Saint-Paul Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Charelvoix Helicopter Tour
  2. Gourmet Food & Nature Tour by Electric Bike

Charlevoix Included Activity:

  • Admission to Canyon Sainte-Anne

Québec City Activity Options:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Privately Guided Walking Tour of Québec City
  2. Old Québec Culinary Walking Tour
  3. Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Pass

Transportation Inclusions:

  • 12-day intermediate sized car rental including: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Unlimited Kilometers, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million), fee for 1 additional driver, and vehicle licensing fee
  • Ferry Crossing from Trois Pistoles to Les Escoumins

Meal Inclusions:

  • Most breakfasts at your accommodation (varies by location)
  • Dinner in Rimouski (varies by location)

Other Inclusions:

  • Digital Travel Documents
  • Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

Important Schedule and Trip Note:

  • All tours and activities are subject to availability. Some tours run on certain days of the week, or may run seasonally. Ask your Fresh Tracks Vacation Advisor for more help.
  • Car Rental: Fuel and refueling fees, Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type, Fee for drivers under the age of 25
  • Vehicle Parking
  • Airfare
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation and Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended, please ask for your personalized quote)
  • Canadian federal taxes
  • There are currently no seasonal restrictions


This trip is available for departures between May and October.

Starting From

$2,590 USD
per person

based on double occupancy, May 2020 departure and our base class.

We offer a range of packages across all four seasons. Please speak with one of our travel advisors about personalizing your trip and getting a comprehensive quote.

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