Region Overviews: Canada Travel Guide: Overview
Sprawling, massive Canada contains everything from six time zones to a series of ecosystems so diverse you could conceivably encounter polar bears and grizzly bears on the same trip.
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It would have been easier for Quebec to abandon its European heritage. Fortunately, it didn't. Everything about Quebec says old-world charm. You'll experience it riding through farmland on idyllic islands. Taste it in every superb farm-to-table meal. The more you discover Quebec's culture, the more you'll appreciate why it has stayed true to its heart.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End Quebec City
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Hike near the mighty St. Lawrence River and next to one of the most picturesque bays in the world | Explore Tadoussac, the first fur trading post in the New World | Today the town is considered the preeminent spot for whale-watching in eastern North America | Walk along the awe-inspiring Saguenay Fjord | Look for whales and other marine life during a Zodiac ride with a naturalist | Dine at charming restaurants where you can savor the famous Charlevoix gastronomy.
Nestled majestically between sea and mountains, this "Castle on the Cliff" combines quiet countryside charm with five-star elegance. (pool, spa)
Ferry to 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 watermill that still churn out wheat and buckwheat flour | Walk through forests of conifer and yellow birch to stunning Lac Georges | Hike across the taiga, a rich tundra-like ecosystem, in beautiful Parc des Grands-Jardins.
Situated in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, the jewel of Charlevoix, this modern hotel features an eco-friendly design and decor that pays tribute to the surrounding landscape and the region's cultural heritage. (pool, spa)
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 | Stop for a self-guided tour at Manoir Mauvide-Genest, one of the best-preserved houses on the island | Enjoy sweeping vistas and pastoral roads before zipping to enchanting Quebec City | Bike to the Plains of Abraham, site of a famous 1759 battle | Meander through old Quebec City on a historical walking tour.
A splendid property located in a former 17th-century warehouse blending history and modern style, with 300-year-old beams, slate floors and artifacts discovered during construction. A Relais & Châteaux member. (spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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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. LEARN MORE.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
To access the very best biking and hiking routes, we'll often bypass busy roads and traffic by starting and ending our bike rides with strategic shuttles via bus, van, boat and train. Expect shuttle times of 1–2 hours most days.