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Revision as of 04:11, 28 September 2008
The Région de Québec or Greater Quebec area is in the province of Quebec in Canada and include the provincial capital city Quebec City and its surrounding rural counties.
Jean Lesage International Airport (IATA: YQB), in Ancienne-Lorette,. The only airport in the region is found about 30 minutes North-West from downtown Quebec City. It offers regular flights from cities such as Montreal, Toronto and New York, and also provides charters to remote areas of the province such as Kuujjuaq, Gaspé and Baie-Comeau.
Please note that there is no public transit or hotel shuttles to and from the airport. The taxi fare from Old Quebec to the airport is a flat fee of $30.
A passenger train station is found at the port of Quebec, 450 rue de la Gare du Palais. The Quebec VIA Rail station is a picturesque building, emulating the architectural style of the famed Chateau-Frontenac overlooking the station. The Quebec-Windsor corridor trains run regularly, with stopovers at Montreal and Toronto.
Another train station is located in Ste-Foy, 3255 chemin de la Gare, near the Quebec and Pierre-Laporte bridges. However, public transit does not run there as often as the Quebec station and requires walking for a couple minutes.
The bus station, Terminus Gare du Palais located at rue de la Gare du Palais, is also found at the old port of Quebec, next to the train station. Intercar and Orleans Express offer services province-wide.
Another bus station is located in Ste-Foy, 3001 chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois, which is easily accessible by city transit.
Quebec City is 2.5-3 hours by car from Montreal, taking either Highway 40 or 20 (north and south side of the St. Lawrence, respectively). Both drives are rather monotonous drives through endless forest dotted with farms. For a slower but more interesting tour of Quebec's heartland, drive instead along Highway 138, the Chemin du Roy, which follows the north bank of the river.
- Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
- Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve
- Parc national des Grands-Jardins
- Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie
- Réserve faunique des Laurentides
- Réserve faunique de Portneuf
- Lac Saint-Joseph
- Le Chemin du Roy (Highway 138), from through Quebec City to Montreal, follows the route of the first road in Québec, for nearly 250km along the north bank of the St. Lawrence River. Cars welcome, but it's an approved bicycle route along almost its entire length, and can be ridden in a day if you are strong. The road is marked with a special sign, a white crown on a blue background. The You may want to backtrack a bit to Beauport, east of Quebec City. The Avenue Royal takes you past some beautiful old houses. After a few days in Quebec City, go through the villages of Cap-Rouge, St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, and Neuville. Consider an excursion about 10 Km north on Hwy 365 to Pont-Rouge and its Site Déry. Back on the Chemin du Roy, pass through Donnacona, Cap-Santé, and Portneuf. Stop in Deschambault and try the pastries at Café Chez Zéphirin. As you continue westward, you may be able to cut over to a road closer to the St. Laurence which has picturesque houses. Continue through Grondines, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, and Batiscan. There are churches along the way which you can stop to visit. Next is the Mauricie region. Following the town of Champlain, you come to old Trois-Rivières. In addition to its Old Prison, now a museum, Trois-Rivières is the "Capital of Poetry". Visit the Morgane Café, the home-town coffee house, with poetry written on the walls. Just west, at Pointe-du-Lac, there is a pretty view point overlooking Lac St. Pierre. Leaving there, you enter the Lanaudière region, and more countryside. Head through Yamachiche, Saint-Léon-le-Grand, Louiseville, Sainte-Ursule, Maskinongé, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Cuthbert, Berthierville, Lanoraie, Lavaltrie, Saint-Sulpice. Consider a northward excursion to L'Assomption. As you approach Montreal, you pass through Repentigny, which is not much of a tourist destination but is the fastest growing suburb in the province. Cross a small bridge onto the Isle of Montreal, and Highway 138 enters Montreal and becomes rue Sherbrook.
Hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, swimming, rock climbing, archery, nature interpretation, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dogsledding.