It would have been easier for Quebec to abandon its European ancestry. But 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.
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 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 and St. Lawrence River | Look for whales and other marine life during a boat ride with a naturalist | Dine at charming restaurants where you can savor 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 | 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 Quebec City | Bike to the Plains of Abraham, site of a famous 1759 battle | Meander through old Quebec City on a historical walking tour.