It would have been easier for Québec to abandon its European ancestry. But it didn't. Everything about Québec 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 Québec's culture, the more you'll appreciate why it has stayed true to its heart.
1-2 Hike near the mighty St. Lawrence River and next to one of the most picturesque 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 along the awe-inspiring Saguenay Fjord and St. Lawrence River Look for breaching beluga, minke and fin whales during a boating excursion with a naturalist Dine at charming restaurants where you can savor local specialties and experience the famous Charlevoix gastronomy.
3-4 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 for fresh bread 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.
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 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 Québec City Bike to the Plains of Abraham, site of a famous 1759 battle between the British and French Meander through old Québec City on a historical walking tour.