A 10-12 day RV road trip taking you to provincial parks, national parks, Quebec City and picturesque Charlevoix, beginning in the Laurentians and ending in Saguenay.
Mont Tremblant Ski Resort Village
The Laurentians, or Laurentides, have an abundance of natural beauty to discover. This region is home to the largest protected area in Quebec, Parc National Du Mont-Tremblant. With more than 1,000 campsites, you’ll definitely want to camp at this park for a night or two. The park has 3 major sectors, but if your stay will be short, you may want to spend most of your time in the Diable sector. The park offers 29 different hiking trails with 20 of those located in the Diable sector.
Four waterfalls make up one of the park’s most loved sights with 2 of them, Chute-Du-Diable and Chutes-Croches in the Diable sector, being family-friendly 30 min hikes just north of the cozy Discovery Center. The park also has many observation decks and offers the chance to spot wildlife.
Make a stop at the Mont-Tremblant ski resort any time of year. Mountain biking and skiing are available depending on the season, but there is something for everyone. If you’re driving the RV, you’ll want to park in lots P3 or P6 to explore the resort and its many shops and restaurants. Depending on the season there is a shuttle that will take you the rest of the way or you can take a charming hike among the trees on the Chouette Nord foot and bike path. Once inside the village there are plenty of food offerings or you can also stick to Quebec staple St. Hubert’s.MORE ABOUT THIS STOP
La Mauricie National Park
La Mauricie National Park will quietly take your breath away. RVers will find the Mistigance campground a comfortable place to stop and spend time among the pines. The facilities at this park are modern and clean, with even more improvements completed as recently as 2018.
Wildlife is abundant at La Mauricie National Park. It’s possible to spot wolves, bears, duck, geese, foxes, loons, and turtles. During the Summer and Fall try participating in the naturalist-guided A Hike to the Bear’s Domain activity (the activities are led in French).
For an easy hike, try La Tourbière in the Saint-Mathieu sector. If a challenging hike is more your speed, try the Vieux-Brûlis trail.MORE ABOUT THIS STOP
Your travels along the Chemin Du Roy will come to an end in Quebec City. Here you can enjoy strolling the streets of Old Quebec, the only walled city north of Mexico. Old Quebec as the best-preserved fortified colonial town in North America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop in at the Fortifications of Old Quebec national historic site for a close up look at the walls that surround Old Quebec. You can also tour the Citadelle de Quebec which is the largest active military fortress in Canada.
Don’t miss visiting the iconic Chateau Frontenac, also a national historic site, and so well-known there is a replica of its facade at Walt Disney World’s Canada attraction in Epcot. The cobblestone streets are easy to explore on foot and there are dozens of charming boutiques, cafes, and restaurants to explore. Be sure to grab coffee and a croissant along your way.
Visit Montmorency Falls, which can actually be seen from the highway, on your way to Île-de-Orléans. The falls are actually 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls. In Île-de-Orléans you can stay at one of two charming campgrounds to give you a chance to tour the island. This heritage site, the largest in quebec, is full of rural charm. The serene countryside setting can be explored by following the Chemin Royal, which is the road that will loop you around the entire island. Stop in at farms, vineyards, art galleries, and fruit stands along the way. Keep an eye out for the historic architecture of churches and hundred year old homes. Île-de-Orléans provides a serene country setting perfect to recharge in.
Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park
Explore the region’s nature in the backcountry, where winter activities like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are popular. Hautes-Gorges-De-La-Rivière-Malbaie provincial park has stunning natural beauty that will captivate you upon arrival. Be sure to plan a campground stay here to ensure you have enough time to take in all the sights. If you plan a day trip, arrive early–the two famous highlights are the Le Riverain trail and the L’Acropole-des-Draveurs trail which require 4 to 6 hours to complete. If adventure calls out to you try the via ferrata experience on Mont Du Lac De Cygnes in Parc National de Grands-Jardins.
While in the area, you need to also check out Charlevoix. Charlevoix is a well-known destination, especially for leaf peeping during the Fall season. You can head north along the St. Lawrence River, exploring quaint villages with foodie delights. Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie are charming villages to stop in. Stroll down Rue St. Jean Baptiste, stopping in the small boutiques. Make dinner reservations at Ah La Vache, a cozy Swiss restaurant, or grab a bite at Microbrasserie St. Paul.
As you travel on, be sure to stop in for some cheese tasting at La Maison d’Affinage Maurice Dufour, and enjoy a delicious locavore meal at their on-site restaurant, Faux Bergers. The farm-style setting cannot be beat.MORE ABOUT THIS STOP
Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay
Tell most locals that you’re heading up to Saguenay and they’ll tell you not to miss whale watching in Tadoussac. After all, it is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Book a tour from May to October.
For some self-guided exploration, drive around the entire Saguenay Fjord by following the blue signs for the Route Du Fjord. The route comes complete with an audio guide to help you discover the villages and attractions along the way. The audio guide is available at visitors centers or as a downloadable app.
Spend a night or two camping at Fjord Du Saguenay National Park. The park covers both shores of the Saguenay Fjord. To be fully immersed in the beauty of the fjord book a sea kayak tour. You can book a guided sea kayak expedition lasting from 3 hours to 3 days. If you’d rather keep your adventures on land, try some of the park’s hiking trails. They have hikes ranging from easy to difficult, guaranteeing there is something for everyone.
To continue exploring Quebec you can take your RV across the St. Lawrence on the Traverse Ferry from Saint-Simeon to Rivière-du-Loup.MORE ABOUT THIS STOP