Are you a fan of Eastern Canada and looking for new horizons to explore, authenticy and coastal landscapes far away from the beaten track? This selfdrive might be just right up your alley! You start with two icons: Montreal and Quebec City. After that, the focus is on the north coast of eastern Canada, home of the Innu. Via Tadoussac, a famous whale spotting town you travel further northwards and explore a lesser known but culturally rich and picturesque region.
Day 1 - Montreal
Arrival in Montreal. Time for an afternoon exploration or even a night out in this lively metropolis.
Day 2 - Montreal > Quebec City (255 km)
You exchange the urban environment for a ride through the French-speaking province of Quebec along the banks of the St. Laurent. Next your arrive at Quebec City, the only fortified city in North America and a place you coul dnever get bored. Hop on the old funicular from 1879 and visit the historic city center. That is pure enjoyment.
Day 3 - Quebec City
This extra day at Quebec City is just perfect in order to explore the typical attractions of this awesome city: the Abraham battlefields, the citadel, the upper and lower cities, the Basilica of Notre Dame. Strolling through the pedestrian streets of Vieux-Quebec is not just a nice experience, thanks to its European charm it will make you feel at ease right away.
Day 4 - Quebec City > Les Escoumins (255 km)
Via Charlevoix, a natural area with forests and lakes, you reach the north coast of Canada. Tadousssac and the river delta of the Saguenay fjord is a popular spot for whale watching.
Day 5 - Les Escoumins > Sept-îles (390 km)
Route 138, also known as the Whale Road, takes you along to seven islands. In Baie-Trinité the river takes on such huge proportions that the inhabitants simply refer to it as 'the sea'. Welcome to the Gulf of St.-Lawrence. Make sure to make some time for a leisurely stroll in the Pointe-aux-Outardes nature park.
Day 6 - Sept-îles
You have all day to explore Sept-Iles located at the beginning of a huge circular bay. Do not miss a visit to the Regional Museum of the North Shore. If you prefer people-watching or a good chat a stroll down the Old Quay is an absoultute must as it the place to meet up with the locals. The promenade along the bay and the Sept-Iles archipelago are the palces-to-be to witness the local fishermen to work or watch the sunset.
Day 7 - Sept-îles > Natashquan (370 km)
On your programme today feature the Mingan Innu village 'Ekuanitshit' and Natashquan, the first settlement on the Lower North Shore. In Kegaska, the road is a dead end and you are forced to travel on by boat. We recommend you to take a guided tour in order to understand the history and to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this village. Do not miss a stroll to ‘Les Galets’, located near the beach. These traditional fishermen's cabins are classified historical heritage.
Day 8 - Natashquan > Havre-Saint-Pierre (155 km))
You travel to Havre-Saint-Pierre where you will spend the next two days of extraordinary experiences. A visit to the Interpretation Center of the Mingan Archipelago National Reserve provides you with the necessary knowledge and insights to unlock the secrets of the surrounding islands. During the boat trip, the particularity of this island group will not escape your attention. This is where you will find the largest concentration of erosion monoliths in Canada ! A paradise for lovers of nature, landscapes and seabirds.
Day 9 - Havre-Saint-Pierre
Follow one of the many hiking trails, make an excursion to the islands, Niapiskau, Quarry or Perroquets or visit the lighthouse station. Just a few ideas to set you on your way. There are a myriad of exciting things to do and see.
Day 10 - Havre-Saint-Pierre > Baie-Comeau (450 km)
Baie-Comeau is your next stop. Be sure to visit the Glacier Gardens, a theme park addressing climate change where you end your visit by a walk through the valley of the shells, a natural agora millennium located in boreal forest.
Day 11 - Baie-Comeau
A highlight of your stay in Baie Comeau is definitely the largest multi-vaulted and fortified dam in the world, the Daniel-Johnson Dam, nicknamed 'Manic-5'. This stunning piece of architecture is +/- 366 m above sea level and offers a unique view of the water reservoir and the glacial valley. In the high season the access is free.
Day 12 - Baie-Comeau > Rimouski (160 km + 2h20 boat ride)
The ferry (not included) takes you to the south coast, 60 km away. On board you will be spoilt for splendid views before you reach Rimouski. Once you set foort on land the Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historical Site is a definite fascinating place to visit. Not only do you find Canada's tallest lighthouse here, you'll also discover the fascinating story of the Empress of Ireland, a magnificent passenger ship that shipwrecked here in 1914.
Day 13 - Rimouski > Montmagny (240 km)
You follow along the banks of the picturesque St-Lawrence River. The village of Kamouraska with its rich architectural and historical heritage invites you to stop and visit.
Day 14 - Montmagny > Montreal (305 km)
Stroll through the old harbour front and visit the Basilique Notre dame or hop onboard a boat and discover the city on the banks of the St Lawrence river from the water.
Day 15 - Montreal
Hotels & Meals
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- In The East (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa): - 6 h.
- Alberta (Banff, Jasper, Calgary): - 8 h.
- British Colombia (Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops): - 9 h.
Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th. Canada turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Canadian Dollars (CAD); 10 CAD = 6.62€ / 1€ = 1.50 CAD (16/08/2018)
Methods of Payment
A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Credit cards are very convenient and widely accepted and ATMs are readily available.
The climate is comparable to ours. In spring, days are nice and nights are fresh.
In summer temperatures can reach peaks, especially in the East. In the West, there is more chance of precipitation and it is cooler than in the East.
On the coast and around the lakes it is usually a lot cooler.
Average Temperatures (in °C):
- 14 nights’ accommodation in the listed hotels or equivalent
- The listed breakfasts (AB= American breakfast; CB = Continental breakfast)
- Your roadbook
What's not included?
Your international flights, car rental, optional excursions, meals and beverages, tipping and personal expenses.
Good to Know
MONTREAL: due to the F1 Grand Prix held from 08/06 - 10/06/2018 & the Oshaga Festival from 20-23/062018 there is no vacancy in Montreal.
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