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Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours
Backroads Quebec Multisport Tours

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Walking & Hiking
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Quebec Walking & Hiking Tour

Idyllic Quebec City & Historic French Canada

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


FROM: $3,699 - $3,899 pp dbl occ
($700 for sgl occ)

2021 WQBI map
2021 WQBI map


Start/End Quebec City

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Witness the European roots of Quebec City as you stroll down its cobblestone streets
  • Scout for the elusive beluga whale and other marine mammals in the krill-rich waters of the St. Lawrence River
  • Hike within the Charlevoix Crater and learn about the historic event that shaped the region
  • Taste the agricultural bounty that fuels Charlevoix’s emerging farm-to-table movement
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

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.

Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, Charlevoix, Quebec
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
La Malbaie
| Premiere Hotel

Nestled majestically between sea and mountains, this "Castle on the Cliff" combines quiet countryside charm with five-star elegance. (pool, spa)

Days 3-4

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.

Le Germain Charlevoix, Baie-St-Paul, Quebec
Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa
| Premiere Hotel

Situated in the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, the jewel of Charlevoix, this modern hotel features an eco-friendly design and décor that pays tribute to the surrounding landscape and the region's cultural heritage. (pool, spa)

Days 5-6

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 North American walled city north of Mexico.

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City, Canada
Auberge Saint-Antoine
Quebec City
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Dates & Prices

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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Activity Level: 1-3

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.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 700 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 500 ft. gain
Whale Watching
Whale-Watching Excursion (half day)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain (1000 ft. loss)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 5 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 400 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 6
Guided Walking Tour of Old Quebec (2 hours)

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

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.

Traffic & Shuttle Time

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.

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