As much as Québec City deserves exploration of every crack and crevice, there are some spectacular destinations outside the city that make excellent day trips. While some require a vehicle, others can be reached by bus or train if necessary. Here are the Favourite 5 you should consider:
Possibly one of the most charming villages in the Charlevoix area, Baie-Saint-Paul is tucked away in a cove along the St. Lawrence River, about an hour from Québec City. Spend the day shopping and eating in the village. Don’t miss having a pint and eating at le Saint-Pub, one of the province’s most renowned microbrewery. (Photo by Onionne)
Whale Watching in Tadoussac
Located 3 hours east of Québec City, Tadoussac is the number one destination for whale watching in the province. You can see different species of whales in the St. Lawrence River: Minke whale, Fin whale-finback whale, Humpback whale, Blue whale, White (or beluga) whale as well as grey seals. Take an organized tour from Québec City, which includes transportation, or consider driving. (Photo by Hans Bernard).
Casino de Charlevoix
Did you know there is a casino near Québec City? Venture out to La Malbaie for exploring this charming city along the St. Lawrence River. Make your way to Casino Charlevoix for dinner, a show or a little gambling. Located next to Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Casino Charlevoix is a not-to-be-missed day trip from Québec City. (Photo by Bernard Gagnon)
Heritage Discovery on Grosse Île
Grosse Île is a National Historic Site a short drive from Québec City, open from early May to mid-October. From 1832 to 1937, Grosse Île acted as a quarantine site and the entry point for immigrants coming to Canada – many of whom were of Irish descent. Hike Mirador Trail, visit the monuments and take a tour of the village. In 2017, admission to the site is free due to the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. (Photo by Christian T).
A Tour of Cosmopolitan Montréal
Making a day trip to Montréal while you are in Québec City is definitely feasible. Montréal is a great day trip from Québec City. Simply catch the 5:27 am train to Montréal and the 6:15 pm train back to Québec City. If you have a vehicle, the drive will take about the same amount of time but will allow you to sleep and stay later. Once you’re in Montréal, pick a neighbourhood or two to explore. A great suggestion is to start with Old Montréal or Mile End. (Photo by Anna Kucsma)
Article Concept via Pamela MacNaughton @ Quebec City Tourism