Quebec Trip Itinerary – links in process!
The Chateau Frontenac Hotel
Drive to Trois-Rivieres, QC via Autoroute 40.
Lunch at Boulangerie Guay, Pont-du-Lac, QC
Our Lady of the Cape Shrine – Trois-Riveres. QC
Chemin du Roy – King’s Highway to Quebec City
Chateau Frontenac and evening walk – Quebec City
Quebec City’s Lower Town and The St. Lawrence River
Walking Tour of Old Quebec – the Upper City and the Lower City (includes Dufferin Terrace, Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral of Quebec, Quartier Petit Champlain, Our Lady of Victory Church)
Musee de la Civilisation – Quebec City
Dinner at Bello – Quebec City
Walk to Plains of Abraham for Quebecois Concert – Quebec City
La Citadelle du Quebec – Quebec City
Lunch at Panache Mobile at vineyard, Vignoble de Saint-Petronille
Ice cream at Chocolaterie de Ile d’Orleans, Saint Francoise, Ile d’Orleans
Dinner at Bistro Sous Le Fort – Quebec City
Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Arrive Montreal driving through Parc Jean Drapeau
Notre-Dame Basilica, Old Montreal
Lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette, Old Montreal
Ponte a Calliere museum, Old Montreal
Dinner at Universel Dejeuner Grillades
Walk up to Mont Royal at dusk – Montreal
Lake Placid, NY
Drive to Adirondack Mountains
Veterans Memorial Highway to top of White Face Mountain, Wilmington, NY.
Lunch at The Cottage, Lake Placid
Walk around Main Street Lake Placid and Mirror Lake (2.7 mile loop)
Ferry ride to Charlotte, VT
Waterfront Park, Burlington
Dinner at The Skinny Pancake, Burlington
Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal
Musee des Beaux Arts – Montreal
Chateau Ramezay – Montreal
Lunch at Jardin Nelson, Old Montreal
When we drove in from Quebec City, we drove by Parc Jean Drapeau. The green space consisting of two separate islands was the major focal point of Expo 67. The iconic glass ball is recognizable by many.
The historic downtown is close to the Old Port and waterfront area, teeming with cute shops and quaint restaurants. We had lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette.
We stayed on the northern edge of downtown on Rue Sherbrooke near Magill Univeristy and the Musee des Beaux Arts.
Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau
Place de Ville
The Historic District
Downtown building in Montreal
Along Rue Sherbrooke
I love art museums – but the rest of my family does not. With about two hours on the day we were to leave Montreal, I decided to see Montreal’s Musee des Beaux Arts. Since I wasn’t interested in seeing the special exhibit “Pompeii” I focused mainly on the impressionists, the Toulouse Lautrec exhibit and the contemporary decorative furniture sections.
The complex consists of four buildings and much more than I could possibly see in under two hours. However, I set out to see as much as possible. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. For more information visit Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux Arts) here.
Chihuly outside Musee des Beaux Arts
Sculptures outside 3 of the 4 museum buildings
The main entrance at the museum.
Toulouse Lautrec exhibit
Art made with stuffed animals
Decorative Arts & Design
Just across the bridge not far from Mont Morency Falls, lies the tiny island Ile d’Orleans. Separated into 6 districts, not large enough to be towns, the island is only 21 miles long and 5 miles wide.
Winery – Vignoble Ste Petronille
Inside the winery
We drove to Ste. Petronille and stopped at Vignoble Ste-Petronille. We sampled a few wines while waiting for a table at Panache Mobile. It’s like a food truck next to a large tented area. We had to wait about 45 minutes but the food was worth it. It was also Ste. Jean Baptiste holiday weekend so we knew crowds would be everywhere.
Lunch at Panache Mobile
Afterwards we drove to Chocalaterie d’Ile D’orleans for ice cream. It was packed with people so we got back in the car and drove through the other districts. St. Petronille at the southern end of the island was the most densely populated. We drove through St. Laurent and St. Jean where there were a few churches. The area is noted for its farmland and agriculture, as well as vineyards, small shops, art galleries and a handful of restaurants. It’s very much like travelling the Chemin du Roy where you get a flavor for rural Quebec.
At the northeastern end of the island, we came across St. Francois and found the satellite location of Chocalaterie d’Ile d’Orleans. Tucked in an Acadian style house, the front room had a line for ice cream. I can’t tell you how thick the chocolate was, but it was thick and good. Each bite was super rich and encompassed the soft vanilla ice cream. We could have sat indoors but instead chose the back patio. Stairs let down to the garden area flanked by art statues. The St. Lawrence was just on the other side.
Chocolaterie Ile d’Orleans
Driving through Ste Famille and St Piere, we headed back across the bridge to Quebec City. Even though the island isn’t far, it takes a bit of time because of the two lane roads. A trip to Ile d’Orleans allows you to feel far from a city, when in reality you’re only a stone’s throw from Quebec City.