Quebec Multisport New!
- Historic Québec City, with impressive architecture and French heritage
- Ride bucolic roads stopping to visit artisans, vintners and organic farmers
- Kayak the St. Lawrence River at beautiful Paradis Marin
- Spot beluga, minke and fin whales on a boating excursion with a local naturalist
- Stay in the stunning village of Tadoussac, Québec, on the Saugenay Fjord
Rich History, Idyllic Landscapes & Superb Cuisine in New France
It would have been easier for Québec to abandon its roots. Lose its European ancestry. Turn its back on the French language. But it didn't. Everything about Québec oozes old-world Gallic charm. You'll feel it during your stay at Hotel Tadoussac, set directly on the shore of the majestic Saint-Lawrence River. You'll experience it riding through idyllic farmland on tranquil islands. You'll taste it in every exquisitely prepared farm-to-table meal. And the more you discover the region's distinct culture, the more you'll appreciate why Québec has stayed true to its heart.
Days 1-2 Hike and kayak near the mighty Saint Lawrence River and next to one of the most beautiful bays in the world Explore Tadoussac, the first European fur trading post in the New World Today the town is considered the preeminent spot for whale-watching in eastern North America Dolphins at two o'clock! You never know what you'll see as you walk and paddle along the majestic Saguenay Fjord and Saint Lawrence River.
Days 3-4 Look for breaching beluga, minke and fin whales during a boating excursion with a naturalist Hike in the beautiful wooded countryside of Charlevoix at Palissades Park and pedal on tranquil roads to the riverside town of Saint-Simeon and the picturesque village of Port-au-Persil Ferry to pristine rural Isle-aux-Coudres and spin past old stone cottages, white-steepled churches and farms selling cider Stop at Les Moulins, an early 19th-century stone windmill and adjoining watermill that still churn out wheat and buckwheat flour for fresh bread.
Days 5-6 Ride bucolic roads stopping to visit artisans, vintners and organic farmers on Île d'Orléans, a little island with apple orchards, stone windmills and Normandy-style cottages Enjoy sweeping vistas and pastoral roads before zipping to Québec City in our private Zodiac water taxis Bike to the Plains of Abraham, site of a famous 1759 battle between the British and French Try local delicacies on a gastronomic walking tour of old Québec City.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Another fantastic getaway with Backroads! The itinerary for the trip really offered a glimpse of the diverse terrain the Charlevoix region has to offer. My partner is French Canadian, born in Quebec, and he was quite impressed with the places selected to visit. The views, the food, and the weather were all that we could have hoped for...but Philip and Michelle really made the experience just outstanding!- Atlanta, GA
Québec was beautiful, with the quaint villages, flower boxes on the charming houses and the abundance of wildflowers in the fields. The people were French-speaking and very friendly. We discovered that the Quebecers love to put maple syrup on everything - and everything tasted great! My husband and I loved the trip!- Gardnerville, NV
The trip was a wonderful experience. As a first trip and introduction to Backroads, I am very impressed and hope to enjoy many more trips with Backroads in the future. The whole experience was a treat for all my senses, the smells, feel, sounds (often just the quiet surroundings) and most definitely the tastes were beyond anything I could have hoped for.- Denver, CO
Premiere & Casual Inns*
Tadoussac (2 nights) Scenically perched above the Saugenay Fjord, this historic hotel offers incredible views of the fjord, where whales can often be spotted breaching. (pool, spa)
Fairmont le Manoir Richelieu
La Malbaie (1 night) Nestled majestically between sea and mountains, this "Castle on the Cliff" combines quiet countryside charm with world-class elegance. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa, golf)
Hôtel La Ferme
Baie-Saint-Paul (1 night) Situated in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, the jewel of Charlevoix, this hotel features thoughtful design and décor that pays tribute to the surrounding landscape and the regions cultural heritage. (spa)
(1 night) Located in a former 17th-century warehouse and skillfully blending history and modern sophisticated style, an impressive property with 300-year-old beams, slate floors and artifacts discovered during construction. A Relais & Châteaux member. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List; Travel +
Leisure World's Best. (spa)
Nova Scotia Biking
The Lighthouse Route & Bay of Fundy
Vermont & Quebec Biking
From the Northeast Kingdom to the Eastern Townships & Québec City
Maine Biking New!
In Acadia National Park & Along Penobscot Bay
Massachusetts: Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket Biking
Atlantic Islands & Beachside Villages
South Carolina & Georgia: Charleston to Savannah Multisport
Authentic Charm & Natural Beauty in the Coastal South
Vermont Biking New!
Quintessential New England from Stowe to Woodstock
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Activity Level||Average Time||Road Bike Average||Mountain Bike Average*||Walk & Hike Average|
|Level 1||2-3 hours||10-20 miles||10-15 miles||2-5 miles|
|Level 2||2-4 hours||21-30 miles||16-20 miles||5-7 miles|
|Level 3||3-5 hours||31-40 miles||21-25 miles||7-9 miles|
|Level 4||4-6 hours||41-55 miles||26-30 miles||9-11 miles|
|Level 5||5-7+ hours||56-75+ miles||31+ miles||11-13+ miles|
*Mountain bikes are used in locations where the best riding is on a combination of dirt and paved roads. View trip locations
Daily Mileage Options & Cumulative Elevation Gain
- Level 1 1 Route Option Available
- Walking 4.1 miles
- 500 feet elevation gain
- Levels 1 to 3 2 Route Options Available
- Biking 19 miles
- 100 feet elevation gain
- Kayaking 2 hours
- Level 3 1 Route Option Available
- Hiking 2.9 miles
- 0-50 feet elevation gain
- Levels 1 to 3 4 Route Options Available
- Biking 7, 10, 14, 17 miles
- 100 - 200 feet elevation gain
- Levels 1 to 4 3 Route Options Available
- Biking 17, 31, 41 miles
- 200 - 500 feet elevation gain
- Level 1 1 Route Option Available
- Biking 6 miles
- 400 feet elevation gain
- Guided Walk 2.5 hours