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Totally Epic Road Trip
Distance: 1400 km (870 mi.), from Ottawa to Percé. Plan 10 to 14 days, or more.
Regions: Outaouais, The Laurentians, Montréal, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Québec, Saguenay, Charlevoix, Manicouagan, Duplessis, Gaspésie.
Welcoming visitors from Ontario, this Totally Epic Road Trip is designed so you can discover some of Québec’s greatest icons, from Ottawa to Percé, and even further, should you wish. Get in your car and sweep across a beautiful province, from east to west, discovering amazing attractions and formidable landscapes. More detailed circuits are available for certain portions of this trip, including: Along the Ottawa River, Whale Route and Gaspésie Tour.
1. Ottawa - The capital city of Canada, bordering the province of Québec, is a great place to start your totally epic road trip with its history, culture and museums. Also make sure you stop at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, just across the river from Ottawa. It is the most-popular and most-visited museum in the country. Another attraction that’s a great bet is the Casino du Lac-Leamy. Once you’ve fully enjoyed the sites, hop on Route 148 to head to Montréal.
2. Montréal - A dynamic city mixing up Old World and New... and there’s something for everyone all summer long, thanks to attractions, festivals, cafés, bistros and more. After the drive from Gatineau, an excellent place to stop and stretch your legs is in Old Montréal and the Quays of the Old Port. Here, you can visit many attractions, including Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History and the Montréal Science Centre. While in the city, you will also want to stop by Montréal’s Olympic Park where you can see the tallest inclined tower in the world and tour a Space for Life in the city.
3. The King's Road - The time has come to leave behind the “city of a hundred bell towers” and head to Québec City. For a panoramic and historic ride, take Canada’s oldest roadway, the King’s Road (signposted Chemin du Roy), Route 138. You can also opt for Autoroute 40. Either way, about halfway to the province’s capital, you can stop in Trois-Rivières and explore downtown on foot; restaurants, cafés and art galleries abound.
4. Québec and Old Québec - You’ve come to the city where the river narrows. But on this trip, it’s only going to get wider as you make your way to the sea! First and foremost, take a tour of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city, founded over 400 years ago, has distinct European charm, thanks to cobblestone streets and stone buildings, not to mention the charming accent of its people. During your tour, you can learn more about the city’s military history at the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site or on the Plains of Abraham. In the area around Québec, you can take a break from the city for a taste of nature at Parc de la Chute Montmorency, with its impressive falls, and on Île d’Orléans.
5. On the Road to Chicoutimi - Leave the province’s capital and its attractions behind to head north on Route 175 into the vast territory of the Réserve faunique des Laurentides. On the other side of this wildlife reserve, you’ll find yourself in the Saguenay region and can stop in Chicoutimi.
6. A Fork in the Road - the Fjord Route - From Chicoutimi, you have two choices for exploring the Saguenay Fjord, the longest of its kind in Eastern Canada. The slopes of this glacier-carved beauty are so steep that bridges do not cross it often; you can opt to explore the southwestern shore and pass through the Charlevoix region, or the northeastern shore, via Manicouagan.
On the southwestern segment of the Fjord Route, stop in the lovely city of La Baie, located alongside the majestic Baie des Ha! Ha! Here, you can learn more about the Fjord and its creatures at the Musée du Fjord. Continue along Route 170 until Rivière-Éternité, where you can access Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, home to some of the most spectacular views of the fjord. Stop at the Baie-Étérnité Information Kiosk in the park for options on cruises, hiking and more. When ready to continue your epic road trip, follow Route 170 to the St. Lawrence River, and take Route 138 to Tadoussac. Should you opt for the northeastern segment of the Fjord Route, which runs along Route 172, you’ll also want to stop in Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, but in the Baie-Sainte-Marguerite Sector; a perfect place to camp or hike! This sector is named after a unique bay, which is fancied by beluga whales that gather here in the summer. You can learn more about these fascinating, but near threatened animals with a park warden at the scenic lookout. Then, make your way to Tadoussac by following Route 172 until it meets Route 138, which you will take south to your next epic stop...
7. Tadoussac – Whale Watching and the Fjord - This resort town has been recognized as a favourite among travellers to Quebec by Trip Advisor. And for good reason. In Tadoussac, you can climb aboard a variety of boats, from a thrilling Zodiac to an observation boat, and meet the giants of the sea: whales. If you’re lucky, you might catch glimpse of a stupendous humpback whale breaching. Other animals you may encounter: fin whales, seals and belugas.
8. The Whale Route to Baie-Comeau - Take Route 138 north along the Whale Route (signposted Route des baleines) to Baie-Comeau. You will continue your discovery of some dozen species of whales found in the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf with stops at different observation points. If you like diving, you will want to stop in Les Escoumins, one of Canada’s best diving destinations. It is also possible to go scuba diving in Baie-Comeau.
9. Ferry to Matane - Before taking the ferry across the St. Lawrence Estuary to Matane, why not stop at the Garden of the Glaciers interpretation centre in the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Bisophere Reserve to learn about the last ice age, climate change and migration of the first peoples.
10. The Gaspésie Tour - Here you are in Matane, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, in the Gaspésie region. Continue driving down Route 132 which will take you through Sainte-Anne-des-Monts (the gateway to Gaspésie National Park, Forillon National Park and Gaspé, which comes from a Micmac word meaning “end of the land.” But you haven’t yet come to the end of your trip. Push on to Percé, a town that has been attracting tourists since the 1930s.
11. Percé Rock - The ocean crashing. The seabirds calling. In Percé, you can’t miss the magnificence of the Rock and shouldn’t skip a tour of Bonaventure Island, home to North America’s largest colony of n orthern gannets.

If you want to make this fun trip last even longer, you can drive to Chandler and take a C.T.M.A. discovery cruise to Îles de la Madeleine. Ferry service to the islands is offered in Souris on Prince Edward Island.