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Picturesque to Urban
Distance: 435 km (270 mi.). Plan for a three- to four-day trip.
Regions: Eastern Townships, Montérégie, Montréal, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Québec City
Your journey begins in one of Québec’s most picturesque regions: the Eastern Townships! From Interstate 91 in Vermont, take Autoroute 55 to Autoroute 10, where you can admire Québec’s beautiful countryside. After spending time in the country, you’ll be ready for an urban adventure! This circuit suggests several cities for you to visit: Montréal, Trois-Rivières and Québec City.
1. When you arrive in Québec, stop in at the provincial tourist information centre in Stanstead, where you can plan every detail of your trip. Then, head back out on the road for an enjoyable drive through the Eastern Townships and Montérégie regions. If you are looking for more detailed itineraries, check out the "Family Fun Circuit" or the "Wine Road."
2. As you approach the island of Montréal, you can already see its skyline looming on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. Crossing the Champlain Bridge (Autoroute 10) is the most direct option onto the island, but the Jacques-Cartier Bridge (via Autoroute 20 and Route 112) affords a great opportunity to admire many landmarks: the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal and downtown to your left, the Olympic Stadium to your right and, under the bridge, between the two shores, Parc Jean-Drapeau and the islands that are home to some of the city’s biggest attractions, including La Ronde amusement park and the Casino de Montréal.
3. Your journey continues along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. You have two options: the faster route, Autoroute 40 East, or a more scenic option, the King’s Road (signposted Chemin du Roy). Whichever one you choose through the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions, we suggest that you stop in Trois-Rivières to explore many tourist attractions, including the Musée québécois de culture populaire and Boréalis, a museum showcasing Québec’s paper industry.
4. Ready for more tourist attractions? Then head toward Québec City to get your fill of family fun, historical attractions and outdoor activities! Québec City offers a wide range of sites and places to discover. Be sure to visit the Plains of Abraham, the Aquarium du Québec, Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, as well as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée de la civilisation. And, of course, you’ll want to stroll around Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.