Opinion on a 14 days itinerary - Quebec
Replies: 3 - Last Post: May 31, 2012 10:09 AM Last Post By: lncrou7
May 29, 2012 5:18 AM
Opinion on a 14 days itinerary - QuebecHi All,
We'll be travelling to Montreal on the 17th of June and will then rent a car for the below proposed itinerary that we have been putting together in the last days.
Could please someone check it and advise if it's ok, balanced or if we could/should add up or change something?
We're interested in nice cities but also nature and nice scenery:
Day 1: Montreal
Day 2: Ottawa
Day 3: Ottawa
Day 4: Parc du Mont Tremblant
Day 5: Parc du Mont Tremblant
Day 6: Parc de la Mauricie
Day 7: Quebec City
Day 8: Quebec City
Day 9: Lac St Jean area
Day 10: Saguenay/Tadoussac area
Day 11: Parc du Bic
Day 12: Iles d’Orleans
Day 13: Montreal => Home
We would have liked to see the Parc de la Gaspesie but I'm afraid we don't have enough time to get to it/enjoy it...
May 29, 2012 10:02 AM
1I am kind of a slow traveller and don't like to rush into things, so I might look like a party pooper, but here's my two-cents :
- I'd cut one day in Ottawa to spend more time in Montreal. If you leave early in the morning, Ottawa can be done as a day trip from Montreal.
- The same goes for Parc du Mont-Tremblant (or even skip it altogether, for you will find more rewarding sceneries as you go east - either that or Parc de la Mauricie)
- You will probably find days 9 to 12 a bit much. To allow more time in each place, I would probably cut Lac St-Jean in favour of Saguenay/Tadoussac or even Charlevoix (which you will drive through on your way to Tadoussac)
- Parc de la Gaspésie is beautiful, but you're right, if you added it to your current program, you wouldn't have time to see anything. It all comes to a question of choice : if you really want to go to Gaspésie, cut Ottawa, Mont-Tremblant, Mauricie, Lac St-Jean, Saguenay and Tadoussac.
May 29, 2012 10:49 AM
2I agree with the above poster - Ottawa can be done as a day-trip from Montreal. The major sites are all closely located (Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal, Byward Market) are you would even have time to take in one or two museums (the Museum of Civilization is just across the bridge from the Art Gallery, for instance, and is a lovely walk) as well as lunch at a place either on Elgin, or in the Market area (or even along the canal if you want to picnic) If you're feeling energetic, you could rent a Bixi bike and bike to the various attractions.
May 31, 2012 10:09 AM
3Here are my thoughts:
- 1 day in Ottawa is enough
- Parc du Mont-Tremblant and Parc de la Mauricie are both great, but I think if you go to only one of them, it would be enough. If you like parks, I've heard that Parc des Grands-Jardins is also great.
- You don't need to go all the way to Lac St-Jean, spend more time in Charlevoix region (St-Irénée, La Malbaie) and then Tadoussac.
- To cross the river to the south shore, you will have to take the ferry at Les Escoumins and then go back to Parc du Bic. I have never been to this park, so I don't know if it's worth it.
- You better visit Île-d'Orléans when you are in Quebec because it's easier to access when you are on the north shore. If you stop on your way back, you will have to make a detour to access the bridge.
Have a great trip!
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