Province of Quebec Off The Beaten Path

  • Apple-picking season at Polyculture Plante
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Province of Quebec Off The Beaten Path

  • Mont-Royal

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    On the mount royal, Mon-royal park is one of the best parks in Montreal, actually the name of Montreal drives from Mont-royal, it is just 5 minutes from the downtown but once inside you totally forget that you are in a big city and from the top of the mount you can enjoy one of the best view of Montreal downtown with south shore and the east side...

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  • Ile d'Orleans

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    On a trip to Quebec City, a stoll down the Orleans island is a must. This island is not densely populated and it's people have preserved the atmosphere that the island has had for centuries. It's one of the first location of french settlement. The original settlers built schools, church and various shipyards that can still be seen today. There...

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  • Old Montreal

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Place Jacques Cartier Is the place to be In the summertime It Is one of the busiest places In Old Montreal as crowds gather to watch street performers and the end of performance just drop some cash in the hat, Jewelry being sold by tiny table vendors, Artist that will drawing your pic weather It would be black and white to color or even a cartoon...

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  • Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Each year, more than a million and a half pilgrims and visitors come to the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré for a time of peace, calm, and prayer. The shrine is located 35 kilometers from Quebec. Cardinal Maurice Roy consecrated the present Basilica on July 4, 1976. The shear size of the structure is what makes it so impressive and the inside...

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  • Laurentides

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Laurentides seem to be the favorite destination for winter sports. We were there in summer, rainning, and couldn't get much more than the look of the natural beauty of the sights, and… mosquitoes. But that is a story to tell in my St. Sauveur page.

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  • Montmorency Falls

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    The Montmorency Falls are 83 metres high (i.e., 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls) and form the heart of this historic site that was so dear to many 18th and 19th century painters (e.g., Peachey, Bouchette, Cockburn, Todd, and Krieghoff). The falls are the climax of the Montmorency River, which has its source several kilometres to the north and...

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  • Eastern Township

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    If you're looking to get away from the big city, you might enjoy a short trip to the Eastern Townships (Cantons de l'Est), close to the American border. There are many charming little villages in that area, and lots of open countryside. If it's winter, you might enjoy going skiing in Sutton (one of the villages). There is a bus line (Veolia) that...

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  • Levis

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Just opposite Québec City lies the small town if Lévis (pronounced Leevee). Many tourists take the ferry to there just to get a good view of QC and Château Fontenac, but only a few ever leave the ferry terminal to discover Lévis. If you want to be one of those few and enjoy the world's best chocolate-covered ice-cream, turn right after leaving the...

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  • Atwater Market

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Montreal has many public markets, like Atwater, Maisonneuve or Jean-talon .. I like especially Jean-talon market, it is full of ambiance, the atmosphere is very good, farmers come here to sell their fresh fruits, vegetables and other home made stuff, every thing is organized in symphony of colors and there are always samples for taste ;)) Also...

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  • Jacques-Cartier National Park

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Parc de la Jacques Cartier If you've had enough of man-made attractions and are hankering to see some of the wilderness stowed away in the expanses of Québec province, put aside some time to visit one or more of the parks within a one-to-two-hour road trip of the capital. The largest, 40km (25mi) north of Québec City, is the Parc de la Jacques...

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  • Parc-Safari

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    This place may have seemed like a good idea in the 60's but driving your car through a park with bewildered wild animals seems cruel and anachronistic. Perhaps the whole idea is bad. A safari parc in Quebec means that these wild analmals including a single elephant, are kept in barns for over 6 months at a time. In the case of the elephant, the...

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  • Charlevoix & Saguenay regions

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    If you are visiting Quebec City, it's worth to take a trip up the Charlevoix region towards the Saguenay Fjord. I got a lot of rain but anyway, the landscape was a beauty. Take a boat tour and try to catch a view of the whales that habitate the Saguenay Fjord.

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  • Basilica/Church

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this cathedral, especially if you've already visited the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame but if you happen to be in the area, it's worth a stop. The Cathedral Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary Queen of the World) is modeled after St. Peter's in Rome, scaled down to about a 1/4 of it's size, no immense square like...

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  • Chemin du Roy

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    A few kilometres out of Quebec, we stopped by the St. Lawrence river, in a wide area dominated by a big and modern church. It's a famous pilgrimage destination since a long time, still keeping some of the old small churches in the surrounding gardens.

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  • Olympic Village

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Follow the ATHENS 2004 Olympic flame on its global journey reaching Montreal, Quebec, Canada in one of its many stops. Exclusive interview with Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay for VTers. Video Footage and Flash Gallery. > Play video > Play Flash Gallery Enjoy!

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  • Wendake

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Some people who drive up to the Huron-Wendat First Nations village are a bit disappointed to see how "normal" it looks. Although it is possible to visit ONHOÜA CHETEK8E (http://www.huron-wendat.qc.ca/), a traditional Huron site that has been reconstructed for visitors, most First Nations members have adopted a North American lifestyle many, many...

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  • Cemetary

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    If you have a bit of extra time then you really should pay a visit to the enormous cemetery on the north-west slope of Mont-Royal. Spanning 165 acres, it was first opened in 1852. It's particularly fascinating to see some of the older tombstones, as well as the more ornate ones. Walking through the cemetery is like walking through the history of...

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  • Quebec City parks

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Statue of Louis Hebert (1585-1627) acknowledged to be the first European to farm in Canada. He came to settle in Nova Scotia (Port Royal now Annapolis Royal) with the Champlain expedition and ended up in Quebec City. It is perhaps more accurate to say they were the first family of settlers as there is dispute that Hebert was ever actually a farmer....

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  • Parc Lafontaine

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Parc Lafontaine is a large neighbourhood park located near between Rue Sherbrooke and trendy Avenue Du Mont-Royal. It's very much a multi-use area with facilities for most every activity. I find it to be a perfect place to bring a blanket and picnic basket and just relax away a summer afternoon.

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  • Stoneham

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Wright Mountain is a fun spot for hiking and mountain climbing (for which you need to be an accredited mountain climber), and it's located just 30 km north of Quebec City, in the town of Stoneham. You need a car to get there but access to the site is free, and so is parking. The park's 6.5 km of hiking trails lead through a 300-year-old forest all...

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  • Plateau

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    This striking all glass office tower is perhaps best known for the light-hearted sculpture at its base on McGill College Avenue: Raymond Mason's 'The Illuminated Crowd. This is a creepy but nice sculpture and you can take great pictures. Light wil always be spread on the wealthy guys leading the crowd, but the always painful crowd will only get...

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  • Urban art and frescos

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    the highways with their overpasses and underpasses usually are pretty ugly under all that concrete. Not here. They've got their supports holding up the highways painted all sorts of different things here. Walking from the bus station to the right, you'll see the network of highways taking you here and there. As you get closer, you'll notice all...

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  • Faubourg Ste-Catherine

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Faubourg Sainte Catherine - 1616 rue Sainte Catherine Ouest - Metro : Guy - Concordia . Open : 9AM to 9:30PM. Mainly for food and restaurants. There is a large network of underground passages to link the malls and the main stores. So, in Winter, it is possible to go shopping ('faire du magasinage') without concern about the weather.

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  • Horse-carriage rides

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    In the first hours in the city, you get the guided tour so you will know where you want to go next, what to visit or eat. Well, the driver knows it all, restaurants, hotels, museums, etc etc etc. And what about the history course they give you, unforgetable. For 60$ canadian means 45 us dollars for 4 people it is nothing for a 45 minutes ride in...

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  • Really off

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    About 115 buildings are connected by pedestrian passageways; for a total lengh of 31km. Every public building include at least a work of art. Montreal has been declared a Unesco city of design in 2007. During Montreal en Lumieres (lights) festival, even if it is quite cold outside,you may walk during a whole day passing by some of the work of...

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  • Canyon Ste-Anne

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    after leavign quebec city - 30 minuts drive in the north side of saint loarence there is this little town - st' ann - there is a big church there - very nice also there is a canyon with wooden bridges (1 hour walk or so) that r over the canyon - nice place - i dont know if it really familiar i only found out about it in the hotel the same...

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  • Fort Chambly

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Often time my quest for great beer bring me to great places as well and Chambly was no exception. I went to visit Fouquet Fourchette, Unibroue's brewery tap and restaurant and found the town charming and it's picturesque Old Fort a great place to while away a few hours. Chambly is a half hour from Montreal and well worth the trip out. Tours of the...

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  • Choco-Musee Erico

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    Every time we go to Quebec City, we bring back something from Erico Choco-Musee, a charming little chocolate museum/store. The museum part is actually a small permanent exhibition detailing the history of chocolate. It is somewhat interesting, but what keeps us coming back is the wide variety of chocolate products on sale. This place has it all:...

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  • Museum

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    This museum is dedicated to what is found under Montreal. In other words it features exhibits of archaeological relics and artifacts that have been found beneath Montreal since Pre-Columbian times. If you are interested in the history of Montreal than this is a great place to visit. There artifacts from Montreal when it was a trading post and from...

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  • Manoir Montmorency

    Quebec Off The Beaten Path

    On top of the Montmorency Falls is The Manor! There you will find lot's of historical informations on the different battles that occured in the falls or te greater Quebec area. Also a very good and fairly priced. And luckily, you'll find boutiques where you can buy souvenirs that aren't cheesy or anything :)

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  • Le Village

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    Honey, is that really Madonna? Mado, Mado....je vous aime! For a real treat...head over to Cabaret Mado and enjoy a drag show. Mado Lamotte, a local journalist, drag queen, clown and personality "extra-ordinaire" is an entrepreneur. Mado welcomes you into her boudoir, serves you drinks and entertains you like nobody's business. In French with a...

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  • Botanical garden/Insectarium

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    The Magic of Lanterns, at the Chinese Garden of the Montréal Botanical Garden , is an event that I always like to roam around in. As many other Montrealers, who also come here to admire the lanterns that are fabricated in silk, by the same artists in Shanghai, year after year, in a garden which is the result of bonds forged between the Parks...

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  • Toward Québec

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    It is not in Montreal but about 40 minutes away. We travelled from Quebec to Montreal and just left the highway somewhere to find a motel. We stopped at Berthierville, never heard of it before. In our motel we saw all things about Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve so we asked why they had all the things there. It appeared Gilles Villeneuve was born...

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  • Oratory

    Montreal Off The Beaten Path

    The oratory is that big dome looking thing you see on the mountain. It's a really cool looking place and if you like architecture and/or God stuff, then check it out. The stairs that go up to Oratory are kinda cool, but can be the showcase for how crazy in my opinion religion can be. There's a lot of stairs....and some devout people would get on...

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  • North Hatley

    North Hatley has been described as one of the prettiest villages in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. With a population (in 2012) of 754, it is not exactly a large place. It is located on the north shore of Lake Massawippi, where the Massawippi River flows out of the lake, eventually emptying into the St Lawrence River.

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  • Amqui

    Amqui is a town located in The Valley region of the Gaspesie along provincial road 195. It has a population of around 6,300 people and apparantly it's name means "where we have fun" in Micmac. It's where I spent my final night in Quebec and the reason it was chosen because it was on the path that would save some driving time the next day. It turned...

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  • Feed deer at Duhamel!

    In early spring (we went in April 1990), the town of Duhamel puts out hay for the deer that come around. It's amazing to see deer right there!

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  • See a Caribou Herd

    Mont-Albert and the Chic Choc Mountains are the home of the southernmost herd of caribou in North America. The alpine plateau above tree line makes a great tundra for them.

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  • Hike the Chic Choc Mountains

    The Chic Choc Mountains form the spine of the Gaspe Peninsula and are an old, worn out extention of the Appalachian Chain. In fact, a little known extension of the Appalachian Trail makes its way into these mountains. We climbed to the top of Mont Albert, one of the highest peaks. Actually, peack is not an appropriate word. Most of these mountains...

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  • Walk along Tadoussac Beach

    There are usually not many people out on Tadoussac Beach. Usually, it's because the water and air temperatures don't necessarily invite lying around in the sun. However, the beach is a beautiful setting and is worth walking, even if it requires a windbreaker (or more). It's also a good place to put kayaks in the water for a paddle around the point...

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  • Photograph a Covered Bridge

    Since covered bridges are generally rare and often evoke nostalgic feelings for times long gone (or that never really existed), they often make interesting photos.

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  • Cross a Covered Bridge

    Like New England, Quebec has a lot of covered bridges, several of which can be found in the small towns lining Saguenay Fjord.

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  • Isle-Verte: a well kept secret...(not...

    Accessible by small ferry boat from Rivière-du-Loup is Isle Verte. Most people come to the island for a day trip allowing to walk along the accessible north shore or simply cyle down its quiet main road. The atmosphere is laid back and frankly our 3 days and two nights were pleasantly relaxed. The rooms on the island are limited to a couple of bed...

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  • tree to tree

    The forest adventure course is set among the treetops and runs from tree to tree by means of monkey bridges, wooden footbridges, nets, cables, zip slides, beams, etc. The course takes up to 3 hours to complete and is accessible to all whatever their level of agility or experience. Safety during the course is provided by means of a harness, a double...

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  • Road trips

    Nothing beats taking 2-3 days to go on the small national roads and visit the villages. My favorites are Eastern Township area and Laurentides. You will see small villages of 50-100 people where the houses are perfectly preserved and the old main street still lively and full of history.Some interesting path at the link below:Eastern Townships Road...

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