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The King’s Road
Tour Distance: 252 km (157 mi)
Regions: Québec City & Area, Mauricie, Lanaudière and Montréal
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Linking the cities of Québec and Montréal since the beginning of the 18th century, the King’s Road, which was the first navigable highway in Canada, is a sign of the province’s development. Laden with history, this road will carry you along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, leaving you free to discover our heritage as you wish!
1. After having explored Old Québec from the Lower City to the fortifications, we suggest you hit our ancestors’ road leading to Montréal. Take Route 138 West and head out to discover cities and villages, the first markers in the province’s history.
2. The Portneuf region has its own special charm. It is home to the municipalities of Neuville, Cap-Santé and Deschambault, among others, which are members of the Most Beautiful Villages of Québec association, and the region has an extraordinary architectural heritage that is well worth admiring!
3. Then you will go through the village of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, where you can visit the superb church touting the same name. Built in 1855 and bearing the features of a neo-Gothic cathedral, the church was modelled after the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal.
4. Capital of the Mauricie region, founded in 1634, Trois-Rivières gets its name from the Saint-Maurice River that splits into three where it meets the St. Lawrence River. In this lively activity-filled city, you can visit the Québec Folk Culture Museum and Old Prison and the magnificent Our Lady of the Cape Shrine adorned with magnificent stained-glass windows or enjoy a walk through Old Trois-Rivières. This is also an ideal place for a little gastronomic break in- or outdoors at one of the many restaurants found downtown.
5. As you continue along your way down Route 138, you will catch glimpses of the St. Lawrence River and the magnificent Lake Saint-Pierre. Designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Lake Saint-Pierre archipelago, accessible via Berthierville, is a place all nature enthusiasts should visit and is heaven on earth for anyone who likes padding.
6. Once in Repentigny, you have almost made it the end of your trip down one of Canada’s oldest roads. You can continue on in a westerly direction to find yourself at the heart of the metropolis or decide to head north to explore the Country Roads circuit in the Lanaudière region.
7. Montréal! Here you are, finally at the heart of the metropolis, buzzing with boutiques, cafés, bistros, tourist attractions and festivals that take over the city streets all summer long. During your stay, make sure to visit the famous Olympic Stadium and surrounding attractions, or visit the city’s old districts with their many attractions, including the Montréal Museum of Archeology and HistoryPointe-à-Callière, the Notre-Dame Basilica, or the Quays of the Old Port, a hub for events and activities.