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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.
It would have been easier for Quebec to abandon its European ancestry. But it didn't. Everything about Quebec says old-world charm. You and your family will 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 where the plains meet the mountains in Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve | Walk through a tranquil landscape of coastal marshes and grasslands and into the surrounding foothills for stunning views of the expansive river below | From the beautifully preserved hamlet of St-Joseph-de-la-Rive, ferry to Isle-aux-Coudres for an idyllic bike ride past stone cottages, historic churches and picturesque farmland | Stop at Les Moulins, an early 19th-century stone windmill and watermill that still churn out wheat and buckwheat flour | Catch glimpses of bucolic Baie-St-Paul and the surrounding farmland as you hike up mixed pine forest woodlands | Kayak on the meandering Gouffre River, reaching Baie-St-Paul | Indulge in a spa treatment at our unique hotel | Enjoy family meals featuring fresh ingredients from surrounding farms and dine at charming restaurants to savor the famous Charlevoix gastronomy.
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)
Embark on a peaceful bike ride on one of Quebec's oldest routes, Avenue Royale, past old colonial houses and the magnificent Basilique de Saint-Anne | Enjoy a picnic lunch at a local winery | Witness the impressive site of the 270-foot Montmorency Falls before riding to enchanting Quebec City | Explore the bike paths and rural roads of the lesser known south shore of the St. Lawrence | At Chutes-de-la-Chaudière park, discover its massive waterfall | Take in views of the skyline as you return to Quebec City via ferry | Bike to the Plains of Abraham, site of a famous 1759 battle | Meander through old Quebec City on a historical walking tour—a perfect way to end our adventure.
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. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
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.