Few Montrealers will ever admit to this, but the region of Quebec (not the province, but the administrative region that surrounds the capital city) is absolutely gorgeous. From the ancient streets of Old Quebec City to the bucolic plains of Ile d’Orléans and the dramatic landscapes of Charlevoix, one can hardly be bored in this neck of the wood. It’s an incredibly varied region that provides an extremely rich experience, in many different ways: culinary, culture, adventure and nature wise, for example.
Being just three hours away from Montreal, it’s also a great destination for a long weekend getaway for locals in need of fresh air or visitors wanting to fully capture the Québécois spirit.
Along with two of my favorite bloggers (Dez Jeff and Pamela McNaughtan), I roamed the streets of Québec City and Ile d’Orléans, later on venturing by myself to Charlevoix in order to find the best photography spots, new restaurants and things to do. I’m going to write a very detailed article about the region’s best attractions, but for now, here are my photographic discoveries.
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Old Quebec City
I wrote about this little gem of an island quite extensively, and I have been known to refer to it as my happy place. Or, as my blogger friend Pamela put it, “the island is everyone’s happy place”. What is often referred to by locals as the “garden of Quebec City”, the Island of Orleans is quite lovely to visit, at any time of the year. But whatever you do, make sure to interact with locals; farmers and producers want nothing more than share the love they have for the island with visitors and have people enjoy the fruit of their labor.
The Island of Orleans is nothing if not a foodie getaway, I’ll say that!
Charlevoix was a huge change in scenery from Quebec City — out with the winding, historic alleys and in with jaw-dropping beautiful panoramas. I had the chance to stay at both Hotel La Ferme and Manoir Richelieu; one is a modern, bucolic property while the other is a lavish palace built during the golden days of Canadian rail history. Two contrasting places, one beautiful region.
That’s the real beauty of Charlevoix.
Have you been to Quebec City, Island of Orleans or Charlevoix?
What is your favorite out of the three?
Would you go there on a day trip from Montreal?