Looking for a great Canada vacation?
Look no further! Our road trip through Quebec province via Montreal, Mont Tremblant (the Laurentian Mountains), and Quebec City was splendid, and I’d like to share the itinerary with you so you can choose which stops and route might best fit YOUR travel cravings.
We took this trip with our traveling toddler, but it would be a fit for couples or solo travel, too. Before getting into the details of what to do in each destination, however, let’s examine the overview.
Our Quebec Itinerary: How Long in Each Place?
The 5-night Quebec province itinerary was as follows:
- Drive from Boston to Montreal (5.5 hours)
- Stay in fun Montreal 2 nights at (note: hotel links here are affiliates) the Omni
- Drive to Mont Tremblant from Montreal (2 hours)
- Stay in Mont Tremblant 1 night at the Fairmont
- Drive to beautiful Quebec City (4 hours)
- Stay in Quebec City 2 nights at the Saint-Paul
- Drive to Boston from Quebec City (7 hours)
Depending on your driving desires, if you’re coming from anywhere around Boston or New England, you may want to break up the trip into or out of Canada with an overnight stay in Vermont. There are plenty of cute towns on the way, including covered the bridge beauty, Woodstock, VT. and the kid-friendly family resort, Smugglers’ Notch.
Montreal or Quebec City?
For people with limited time, the question always arises: “Is Montreal or Quebec City better if I can only visit one?” Now, the conventional wisdom in Boston is to pick Montreal because it’s a shorter drive, and has excellent food, music, and European flavor, BUT… I urge you to read on.
Though Montreal is very cool, I found Quebec City positively MAGICAL. In my opinion, if you can only choose one, Quebec City is WELL worth the extra hour and a half driving. It is one of my favorite cities in the world, and I’ve been to a lot of cities! There is nothing like it, and I cannot recommend it enough.
Now without further ado, here are tips on what to do in Montreal, Mont Tremblant, and Quebec City, Canada…
Montreal to Quebec City and Mont Tremblant!
Get excited for a Quebec, Canada road trip! Here is an itinerary of things to do and places to go from Montreal to Quebec City and Mont Tremblant: great for family travel, a couples trip, or solo fun.
Montreal, Quebec: Old Montreal and Vieux-Port
At just 5 and a half hours from Boston, Montreal is the gateway to Canada and Quebec province with its European, French-infused charm and delicious food scene. See tips on some of the most charming neighborhoods to visit.
Montreal Travel Tips: The Best Park, Art, and Festivals
Montreal is world famous for its festivals. See information on museums, hikes, and live jazz for all ages.
Mont Tremblant is Quebec, Canada's Mountain Playground!
Next on the Quebec, Canada road trip itinerary, I suggest Mont Tremblant: 2 hours driving from Montreal in the delightfully relaxing Laurentian Mountains. We spent two days and one night here during summer and found plenty of activities to do, but the number of nights you stay depends on your tastes.
Delicious Food of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada
We were thrilled to find the wide variety of food options offered in Mont Tremblant. There are also a number of live music options and festivals at any time of the year, so check the calendar.
The Crazy Birds of Prey Show in Mont Tremblant
For further entertainment, check out the animal demonstrations on the mountain, including this bird extravaganza.
10 Reasons Quebec City is a Perfect Vacation
Quebec City was hands-down our favorite part of our Canada road trip. We spent hours just wandering Old Quebec and taking in the cobblestones and European-style architecture, not to mention the public art and excellent food. See this article for other reasons I highly recommend visiting.
Quebec City's Amazing Market for Fresh, Local Foods
My #1 tip for making a trip to Quebec City even better is to explore Marche du Vieux-Port: a glorious and affordable spot for local foods that's perfect for varied, economical meals, souvenirs, and scrumptious flavor.
Things to Do in Quebec City, Canada in 31 Beautiful Photos!
Still not convinced that Quebec City is a fairy tale destination that's worth the trip? Ogle these beautiful photos. Do visit!
What Would You Add to This Quebec Trip?
Now that you’ve seen the overview and details, what would YOU add to this Montreal, Mont Tremblant, and Quebec City road trip plan? Do share!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is a 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 4.2 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!
Sunday 15th of September 2019
Canada is one of my favourite countries and I travelled a lot of the country on two separate trips, five years apart, only using buses and the train. You’ve definitely made me add the road trip through Quebec province via Montreal and Quebec City to my list!
Sunday 15th of September 2019
Tuesday 3rd of September 2019
Thanks for collecting all these blogs in one post for us. Nice work.
Friday 6th of September 2019
Friday 9th of August 2019
Any tips for places to visit/eat on the drive from Quebec City to Mont Tremblant (with kids)?
Sunday 11th of August 2019
Hi Kathleen, Thanks for this good question! We've had really good luck with pulling up my Yelp app on the route and looking for places near the highway with 4-star or higher ratings. Sorry I can't be more specific, but there should be some delicious options!
Harmony, Momma To Go
Wednesday 17th of July 2019
last year we did Long Island to Montreal and that was so great! Since it was like 6.5 hours we didnt venture further north - maybe next time!
Friday 19th of July 2019
I'm hoping that this article will help people see that the extra driving to get to Quebec City is 100% worth it!
Tuesday 16th of July 2019
Love Montreal and Quebec City! So much to see and eat. ;)
Friday 19th of July 2019