Quebec Family Multisport New!
- Ride bucolic roads, stopping to visit artisans, organic farmers and a cider house
- Kayak along the mighty St. Lawrence River
- Hikes in the World Biosphere Reserve of Charlevoix
- Kids have their own fun riding zip-lines, making pottery and decorating desserts
- Historic Québec City, with impressive architecture and French heritage
Family Fun in New France
It feels like France, but a France gone wild. Yes, there are châteaux - you'll stay in one - and gourmet cuisine and rich Gallic culture. But complementing the refinement is a palpable sense of adventure, pushing boundaries, exploration, fun. Québec's untamable spirit. The glacier-carved fjords, wooded capes and arctic tundra exude it. The St. Lawrence Iroquoians and Jacques Cartier felt it. Now it's your turn. Unleash your intrepid self on a zip-line flight. Kayak alongside beluga whales. Revel in superb wine, fresh apple cider and elegant Québec City.
Days 1-2 Explore Tadoussac, Canada's oldest village, set on a crescent harbor Sample delicious artisan cheese from a local sheep farm and fromagerie Play on sand dunes left behind by age-old glacier activity Kayak the mighty St. Lawrence River alongside vibrant marine life that call this river home.
Day 3 Whales at two o'clock! Look for breaching beluga, minke and fin whales during a boat ride with a naturalist Hike through the Charlevoix, where the pristine landscape offers extraordinary views of the winding Rivière Noire Kids take to the air on a zip-line adventure before heading to Poterie de Port-au-Persil for a hands-on pottery-making lesson.
Day 4 Ferry to Isle-aux-Coudres for an idyllic spin past stone cottages, historic churches and picturesque farmland Visit Papeterie St. Gilles, a paper mill that uses cotton to produce their unique paper products Learn about the region's rich nautical heritage at the open-air Charlevoix Maritime Museum.
Days 5-6 Historic Québec City, North America's only remaining fortified city, with impressive architecture and French heritage The youngsters ride a gondola to the top of Mont Ste-Anne for a short walk and lofty views of Île d'Orléans - where adults are biking today Kids don their chef hats and aprons for a cooking and dessert-decorating lesson Adults explore old Québec on a gastronomic walking tour of town.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
I cannot say enough about the fantastic time my family and I had this past week on our Quebec trip. It is almost 1 a.m. in the morning and time to hit the hay, but I am still coming off such a wonderful high that I didn't want to go to sleep until I shared my feelings. Sometimes everything just lines up....the weather, the people, the food, the moment in time when all is at peace. When Backroads takes over, you know you don't have to worry. The company stands for quality and you came through again. I am impressed with the talent you hire. I feel it is a one-week show and all the actors know their parts. You have a well-oiled machine and we just have to show up. We are hooked! It is only where and when we will be together again.- Plantation, FL
Premiere & Casual Inns*
Tadoussac (2 nights) Scenically perched above the Saguenay 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 (2 nights) 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)
(1 night) Located in a former 17th-century warehouse and skillfully blending history and modern sophistication, 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)
Canadian Rockies Multisport
Biking, Walking & Rafting in Banff & Jasper National Parks
Canadian Rockies Multisport
Peaks, Glaciers & Wondrous Wildlife in Banff & Yoho National Parks
Maine Biking New!
From Woods to Seashore in Acadia National Park & Penobscot Bay
Montana: Glacier & Waterton Lakes Multisport
Biking, Hiking & Rafting in Glacier & Waterton Lakes National Parks
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
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.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|Kayaking||On the St. Lawrence River (2.5 hours)|
|Other||Whale-watching excursion (2.5 hours)|
|Kids||Zip-line adventure (1 hour)|
|Kids||Pottery activity (1 hour)|
|Other||Musée Maritime de Charlevoix visit (30 minutes)|
|Kids||Activities at Mont Sainte Anne (including a scenic gondola ride and canyoneering)|
|Other||Gastronomic walking tour of Old Québec (2.5 hours)|
|Kids||Cooking class at Espace MC (2 hours)|
On this Family Trip, our routes follow gentle terrain with no significant gain or loss in elevation. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own. The gentle terrain is for the ride on D1. D5, since kids are not present, presents more hills.
* Includes a shuttle