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.
Immerse yourself in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, an enchanting landscape of lush forests and rolling hills along with fjords, headlands and bays. It’s here that the grand resort tradition of villégiature was born. Get to know quaint villages that have inspired artists for generations and savor the innovative farm-to-table cuisine that has redefined the area.
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.
Sense the joie de vivre as we meet in historic Quebec City, then set our course for Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Reserve, where the plains and the mountains meet | Hit your stride as we follow trails and boardwalks through a landscape of coastal marshes and grasslands | Climb to stunning views of the St. Lawrence River | Feel like royalty as you settle in at our historic French-style castle hotel | Learn how the landscape of Charlevoix was shaped millions of years ago by a chance encounter with a rogue meteorite | Explore Tadoussac and hike to a stunning viewpoint | Take to the water in a zodiac to scout for whales, including the endangered beluga | Delight in wonderful French-style cuisine infused with distinctly regional flavors.
Nestled majestically between sea and mountains, this "Castle on the Cliff" combines quiet countryside charm with five-star elegance. (pool, spa)
Trek to lovely vistas where you can admire sprawling agricultural surroundings, whose bounty fuels the local food movement | Journey along the St. Lawrence Route, a scenic byway considered one of the most picturesque stretches of road in Quebec | Find inspiration in Baie-St-Paul, the cultural and artistic hub of Charlevoix, where galleries, artists’ studios and boutiques line the narrow streets | Delight in our stay at a modern and unique hotel envisioned by the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil.
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)
At Parc des Grands Jardins, climb on a beautifully maintained trail through forests of conifer and yellow birch up to Lac Georges | Enjoy stunning views before continuing through a forest thick with evergreens to Mont du Lac des Cygnes | Return to the urban energy of Quebec City, so named for the Algonquin word kébec meaning “where the river narrows” | On a dynamic guided walking tour, learn historical highlights of the only walled city north of Mexico.
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.
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 hiking routes, we'll often start and end our routes with strategic shuttles via bus, van, boat or train. Expect shuttle times of 1–2 hours most days.