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    Journey Through The Quebec Countryside: the Cider Route and Historic Sights

    Journey Through The Quebec Countryside: the Cider Route and Historic Sights
    Starts from

    Montreal

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    9

    Duration

    11 hours

    Length

    181 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Montreal

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    11 hours

    Length

    181 mi

    History and CultureNatural AttractionsGastronomy
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    Tugce Ertan Meric

    Tugce Ertan Meric

    Travel Expert

    • Watch how the locks are used in the historic trail of Chambly Canal.
    • Taste apple vermouth while passing through the infamous cider route of Quebec.
    • Get lost in the small historic towns of Quebec and experience the lives of New France soldiers.
    • Admire the majestic St Lawrence River and take in the views from special lookouts.
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    Driving from Montreal to Quebec City can be a boring flat trip on a highway or you can create a great day that takes you through lush countryside, gastronomic spots and historic towns. Montreal and Quebec City are major destinations but there is much more the province can offer. The natural beauty of Canada is renown worldwide. However, the boutique cider and cheese producers are waiting to be discovered in hidden corners of the country. So, buckle up and hit the road from Montreal to explore the rural and slower life of Quebec's villages. On the way, you'll discover a historic canal trail, taste the famous ciders of Quebec and experience the history of New France, all adorned with the unique Quebecois culture. No trip to Quebec would be complete without tasting the local delicacy poutine and this trip is no exception!
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    Driving from Montreal to Quebec City can be a boring flat trip on a highway or you can create a great day that takes you through lush countryside, gastronomic spots and historic towns. Montreal and Quebec City are major destinations but there is much more the province can offer. The natural beauty of Canada is renown worldwide. However, the boutique cider and cheese producers are waiting to be discovered in hidden corners of the country. So, buckle up and hit the road from Montreal to explore the rural and slower life of Quebec's villages. On the way, you'll discover a historic canal trail, taste the famous ciders of Quebec and experience the history of New France, all adorned with the unique Quebecois culture. No trip to Quebec would be complete without tasting the local delicacy poutine and this trip is no exception!
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    Tugce Ertan Meric

    Tugce Ertan Meric

    Travel Expert

    • Watch how the locks are used in the historic trail of Chambly Canal.
    • Taste apple vermouth while passing through the infamous cider route of Quebec.
    • Get lost in the small historic towns of Quebec and experience the lives of New France soldiers.
    • Admire the majestic St Lawrence River and take in the views from special lookouts.
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    Day 1

    181 mi

    Quebec Countryside Nestled With Gastronomic Stops, Industry, and History

    Enjoying the Quebecois culture and farm to table gastronomy stops, this route will offer a scenic drive through Quebec countryside. It will pass from Rougemont, which is famous for its cider route, then will head to Chambly, a bustling historic town and after stopping by an ancient Quebecois village, you will admire the views of St Lawrence River and arrive in Quebec City in the evening.
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    Viridi Café
    8:30 AM15 min

    Viridi Café

    Café
    Open Details
    Take your morning coffee as take away from this small and cute cafe. Their baristas are friendly and the coffee here is great. Having a short walk combined with the smell of coffee will be a perfect start for your trip.
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    1.1 mi
    5 min
    Chambly Canal National Historic Site
    9:00 AM45 min

    Chambly Canal National Historic Site

    Park
    Open Details
    Take a walk on the historic trail of Chambly Canal and stretch your legs before the busy day trip ahead of you. This heritage site was originally built in 1843 and it is still actively used for lifting boaters with a system of nine locks. You can observe the locks and relax with the green quiet atmosphere while you greet the bikers that pass by you. Although the area is maintained for a certain period of the year, it is accessible at all times.
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    0.4 mi
    5 min
    Fort Chambly National Historic Site
    10:00 AM30 min

    Fort Chambly National Historic Site

    Sights
    Open Details
    A well-known historic site on the Chambly Canal Trail is the Fort Chambly National Historic Site, an old stone citadel built in 1711. Travel back in time and imagine the life of New France soldiers. The fort was mostly restored to its original architecture, and the site also offers an urban park.
    The opening hours vary by season but even if it's closed, you can admire it by seeing it from outside. It's an important heritage site of Canada.
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    12.7 mi
    25 min
    Cidrerie Michel Jodoin
    11:00 AM1 hr

    Cidrerie Michel Jodoin

    Sights
    Open Details
    From Chambly, head to the cider route, Quebec's apple, maple and wine country. It's a perfect place for gastronomic enthusiasts. There are more than a dozen of cideries in this region, in addition to local cheese and honey producers.
    Cidrerie Michel Jodoin in Reougemont is among the oldest and most famous producers. It offers a variety of sparkling, alcoholic and nonalcoholic ciders. Try apple vermouth and enjoy the view around the estate, it pleases the eye especially during fall.
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    49 mi
    1 hr 10 min
    Le 200 Brock
    1:10 PM1 hr

    Le 200 Brock

    Restaurant
    Open Details
    It's time to continue the journey towards Quebec City. Drummondville is one of the major towns on this route. Stop in this pub style restaurant and have your lunch on the pretty terrace should the weather permits. You can opt to try a delicious poutine, which is an advanced french fries dish unique to Quebec.
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    0.9 mi
    5 min
    Village Québécois d'Antan
    2:15 PM45 min

    Village Québécois d'Antan

    Sights
    Open Details
    Drummondville is famous for its re-created historic Quebecois village. IT offers ane exciting insight to the village life in Quebec in the 19th century. There is a farm and staff members wear period costumes. It's a lovely experience but they are only open on weekends and yearly festivals. Still, Drummondville is a perfect place to experience the rural side of Quebec and admire the classic prairie houses around.
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    38.4 mi
    50 min
    Musée Laurier
    4:00 PM30 min

    Musée Laurier

    Museum
    Open Details
    Musee Laurier was actually the former home of Canada's first French-Canadian prime minister. It was built in Victorian style in 1875. Today, the patrimonial historic site offers a well-chosen collection of Canadian artists and prestigious exhibitions. Enter the historic house of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and learn about the history of Quebec. There are also tours offered in English at this site.
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    17.5 mi
    25 min
    Plessisville Waterfall
    5:00 PM15 min

    Plessisville Waterfall

    Waterfall
    Open Details
    Stop by this small and secluded waterfall to take a break and listen to the water flow. This waterfall is surrounded by such a relaxing atmosphere and lush greenery. If you happen to be there after dark, you can catch the light shows as well.
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    61.2 mi
    1 hr 10 min
    Terrasse du Chevalier-de-Lévis
    7:30 PM30 min

    Terrasse du Chevalier-de-Lévis

    Park
    Open Details
    Before crossing to Quebec City, take a break in Levis on the south bank of the St. Lawrence River and stop at the Terrace of Levis. This riverside park was opened by Queen Elisabeth and King George VI in 1939 and the views are stunning. It offers a great view of Quebec City and Levis as well as the grandiose Chateau Frontenac across the St. Lawrence River especially during sunset. Although the view after dark becomes another delight.
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