Pedal bucolic islands. Kayak alongside beluga whales. Be charmed by elegant Québec City. Yes, there are châteaux here—you'll stay in one—plus gourmet cuisine and rich transatlantic culture. Complementing the refinement is a palpable sense of adventure, exploration, pushing boundaries and fun. Come enjoy Québec's untamable spirit.
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 à la Barque Trail, keeping an eye out for herons and loons on the pond below Climb to the crest of a hill for 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.
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.
5-6 The youngsters travel to Mont Ste-Anne to enjoy fun-filled canyoneering in waterfalls Adults fall under the spell of Île d'Orléans, a delightfully bucolic little island Pedal past Manor Mauvide-Genest, a remarkable example of New France manor architecture built in 1734 Discover historic Québec City, North America's only remaining fortified city, with impressive architecture and a rich French heritage Kids learn basic circus arts techniques at École de Cirque de Québec while adults explore the historic part of town on a walking tour.