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 Montreal 2 nights at the Omni (note: all hotels are affiliates)
- Drive to Mont Tremblant from Montreal (2 hours)
- Stay in Mont Tremblant 1 night at the Fairmont
- Drive to 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.
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, 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!
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