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Quebec Family Multisport Tour
Quebec Family Multisport Tour

Pedal past majestic mountains. Kayak alongside beluga whales. Revel in superb wine, fresh apple cider and elegant Québec City. Yes, there are châteaux here - you'll stay in one - and gourmet cuisine and rich transatlantic 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.

Days 1-2 Explore Tadoussac, Canada's oldest village, set on a crescent harbor Hike through a lush forest of sugar maple, elm, pine and birch along the winding Colline de L'Anse a Barque trail Climb to the crest of a hill where we savor sweeping views of Saguenay Fjord  Ride to the remarkable Tadoussac sand dunes for family fun on the beach Kayak the mighty St. Lawrence River alongside the vibrant marine life that calls this waterway home.

Days 3-4 Whales at two o'clock! Look for breaching beluga, minke and fin whales during a boat ride with a naturalist Hike along the beautiful Baie des Rochers (“Rocky Bay”), a hidden gem on the St. Lawrence River, where low tide reveals starfish and sea urchins clinging to the rocks  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 products Learn about the region's colorful nautical legacy at the open-air Charlevoix Maritime Museum.

Days 5-6 Historic Québec City, North America's only remaining fortified city, with impressive architecture and a rich French heritage  The youngsters shuttle to Mont Ste-Anne to enjoy fun-filled canyoneering in waterfalls Adults pedal around Île d'Orléans, a delightfully bucolic little island Kids don their chef hats and aprons for a cooking lesson while adults explore old Québec on a historic walking tour of town.

Trip Highlights
  • 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 during a cooking class 
  • Historic Québec City, with impressive architecture and French heritage
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Premiere & Casual Inns

Hotel Tadoussac (2 nights): A simple historic hotel selected for its scenic location above the Saguenay Fjord and close proximity to fabulous whale-watching and hiking trails. (pool, spa)

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (2 nights): Nestled majestically between sea and mountains, this "Castle on the Cliff" combines quiet countryside charm with five-star elegance. (pool, spa, golf)

Auberge Saint-Antoine (1 night): Located in a former 17th-century warehouse and skillfully blending history and modern sophisticated style, a splendid property with 300-year-old beams, slate floors and artifacts discovered during construction. A Relais & Châteaux member. Travel + Leisure World's Best.

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
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 4 500
2 Biking 6 200
Walking/Hiking 2 0
Kayaking on the St. Lawrence River (3 Hours)
3 Walking/Hiking 4 400
Other Whale Watching Excursion (2.5 Hours)
4 Biking 7* 200
Biking 10* 100
Biking 14 100
Biking 17 100
Other Musée Maritime de Charlevoix Visit (30 Minutes)
5 Biking 17* 200 31 500 41 500
Kids Canyoneering at Mont Sainte Anne
6 Biking 6 400
Other Historic Walking Tour of Old Québec (2.5 Hours)
Kids Cooking Class at College Merici (1.5 Hours)

* Includes a shuttle

2015 Dates & Pricing*

  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/28-8/2 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $580 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/23-28 Price: $3298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Kazoo or in a Burley Cub trailer. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)


2 - 3 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $3,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $2,998 pp dbl. occ.

Please note: Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

Guest Trip Reviews

I cannot say enough about the fantastic time my family and I had this past week on our Québec trip. It is almost 1 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.
Scott Barr- Plantation, FL