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History and Flavours of Quebec

Canada
Charlevoix, Saguenay and Lac-Saint-Jean
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.

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart by coach for Montreal. Upon arrival we check-in to our centrally located hotel, and enjoy our Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Our first stop will be at the breathtaking Montmorency Falls - a magnificent cascade 100 feet higher then Niagara, before we proceed to Québec City for a 2-night stay. On our guided city tour we’ll see Place Royal, the Little Champlain Quarter, the Plains of Abraham and the port where so many immigrants first set foot on this new land after their long crossing over the Atlantic.
Today we take the New France route from Quebec City to Côte-De-Beaupré, one of the most historic roads in North America. On this scenic route we will travel back through four centuries of history and discover magnificent 18th and 19th century homes. We will visit a museum of traditional Wood Sculpture, and enjoy a guided visit of “Aux Trois Couvents” - one of the first French settlements in North America. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Old Quebec’s enchanting streets, boutiques and museums - all within walking distance of our hotel.
We proceed to the beautiful Charlevoix Region and its “Flavour Trail”. Our first stop will be Baie-Saint-Paul - a charming artisanal town, for some free time to visit the many art galleries and enjoy lunch at one of the quaint bistros. Then we will ferry over to the L’Isle-aux-Coudres - a small island in the middle of the St-Lawrence river, renowned for its 360 degree views of magnificent landscapes, breathtaking sunsets and beautiful shingle beaches! We will have a guided tour of a local flour mill on the island.
On our drive around the island we will make breathtaking photo stops and enjoy some of the local artisanal fare. We will then tour the Pedneault Orchard, where cider making is an art form passed on through generations. The rest of the day is at leisure.
We continue on in the beautiful Charlevoix region and continue on the “Flavour Trail”. Our first stop is Laiterie Charlevoix to see the traditional method in which cheese is made. We then proceed to the “Bootlegger” for lunch and a guided visit of this prohibition-era speakeasy. Our next stop is Hautes-Gorges-De-La-Rivière-Malbaie National Park - the centerpiece of the UNESCO Charlevoix reserve, where we will walk along the colourful “Maple Trail” along the Malbaie river, with its spectacular maple grove and beautiful fall colours! We then proceed to Malbaie for an overnight.
We travel along the magnificent fjord route, which offers the most breathtaking views of the Saguenay Fjord. We’ll stop for lunch in the village of L’Anse-Saint Jean - known as one of Quebec’s most beautiful villages, and then proceed to the Fjord Museum to learn about Saguenay’s history and the fjord. We overnight in Chicoutimi.
Our first stop is Chicoutimi’s famous “Little White House” - an early 19th century home that withstood massive floods while everything around it perished. We then proceed to Val-Jalbert in Lac-Saint-Jean - a historically preserved town from the 1920s. This heritage town was known for its pulp mill, and it was a pioneer town of electricity in Canada due to the nearby massive Ouaitchouan Falls!
We begin with a visit to the Wildlife Zoo of St-Félicien - dedicated to wildlife conservation of the Boreal Climate. Later we proceed to the Mashteuiatsh Museum, to learn about the First Nations communities who originally arrived over 6000 years ago!
We make our way to la Mauricie Region for an overnight stay at a spectacular mountain resort. En route, we will stop in La Tuque to see the waterfalls “De-La-Petite-Riviere-Bostonnais” - a hidden gem in the region! The afternoon is free at the resort to enjoy the many activities offered such as canoeing, hiking or relaxing in the spa!
We proceed to Montreal, and in the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the city’s highlights; Mount Royal, lively Sainte-Catherine Street, Notre-Dame Cathedral and quaint Old Montreal. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
We travel home, bringing with us fine memories of “La Belle Province”.
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