New France was one of the first places settled in Canada, and the European influence combined with indigenous traditions helped create a unique identity. The regions we visit on this tour are not only home to some beautiful landscapes, quaint villages and majestic fjords, but also offer that contagious French-Canadian joie-de-vivre!
We begin (and end) our tour in the vibrant city of Montreal with its delightful mix of the old and new.
Then we’ll enjoy a 2-night stay in Quebec City - one of North America’s oldest cities and a designated UNESCO World Heritage City. The city has a distinctive European flair, with its spectacular stone buildings and winding streets. We will take the picturesque Route of New France to Côte-De-Beaupré, visiting local artisans and prominent Quebecois heritage sites.
Our first stop in the Charlevoix region is the cultural hub of Baie-Sainte-Paul, and from there we’ll ferry over to the Isle-Aux-Coudres in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence, with its spectacular views in every direction. The island is renowned for its signature delicacies, breathtaking coastlines and the legendary hospitality of the locals.
We then proceed to the 230-kilometer-long Saguenay Fjord with its rugged mountains, dense forests and high cliffs dotted with tiny villages. Our scenic drive along this magnificent fjord is a highlight of our tour.
Next is spectacular Lac-Saint-Jean, surrounded by dairy farms, quaint villages and dramatic wildlife. We will visit attractions here such as a wildlife conservation zoo, a ghost town and some important First Nations sites.
We end with a stay at a breathtaking mountain resort in the Mauricie region, before heading back to Montreal for our final farewell to La Belle Provence.