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things to do in the province of Quebec (west and east)

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

Plan your stay by choosing a destination from among our tourist regions. Each offers landscapes, history and activities that reflect the uniqueness of our territory.


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Untouched nature, a unique history, a vibrant culture, friendly encounters... What more could you ask for!

Spanning northwestern Québec and eastern Ontario, this vast region, boasting some 22,000 lakes and rivers, covers two territories bearing Anishinabe names (from the Algonquin family of languages): Témiscamingue (deep water) and Abitibi (where the waters divide).


The Mont-Vidéo holiday centre is the top destination in Abitibi-Témiscamingue for skiing or snowboarding or learning these disciplines. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy a multitude of services: equipment rental, sale and repair, food services, ski school, reception hall.

Tour de l'Abitibi

UCI Nation's Cup men's junior road cycling competition, featuring the world's finest. The Tour de la Relève for younger Québec cyclists (age 6 to 16) is presented in conjunction.

Osisko en lumière

Come and vibrate with us on the Presqu’île du Lac Osisko and discover dozens of artists of all kinds, for all tastes. A weekend of music and lights that will amaze young and old alike. A major pyromusical festival for the whole family.


These wide-open spaces, forests, lakes, rivers and lively towns and villages are also a playground for Montréalers.

This fabulous, fun-filled region—biking, hiking, climbing and swimming—is at Montréal’s doorstep! Foodies can enjoy local products, sports enthusiasts can appreciate the outdoors activities in the mountains, and history buffs will be astounded by the wealth of the region’s heritage.

The Chemin du Terroir

Signposted for over 226 km, the Chemin du Terroir in the Laurentides region passes through a rural territory bursting with treasures.

This 226-km (140-mi.) route is a foodie’s paradise, featuring 20 or so gourmet events, 22 stops that will make your mouth water with delight, a museum and two parks—after all, you’ll need a break to digest!

The Route des Belles-Histoires

It’s all based on a novel set in the 19thcentury. The beautiful Donalda marries the wealthy but miserly and nasty Séraphin Poudrier. He was as wicked as they come—otherwise there wouldn’t have been much of a plot!

Author Claude-Henri Grignon parachutes his fictional characters into the true story of Curé Labelle, a parish priest and veritable hero who fought for a railway to be built between Montréal and Mont-Laurier to ensure the region’s survival. That’s the backstory for this 284-km (176-mi.) tourist route.

The P’tit Train du Nord linear park

Linked to the region’s history, the old railway line of the P’tit Train du Nord has become a bike path. This 234-km section of the Route Verte runs through nature and villages. In the summer, take to the trail on foot or by bike (your luggage can be transported). In the winter, enjoy cross-country skiing in the south and snowmobiling in the north.

With a delightful blend of rural and urban elements, the park has a certain romantic air about it, following rivers and flirting with mountains, lakes and forests.


Natural, authentic and inviting. Nestled between the river and the mountains, this region offers plenty to see... and hear. With its vast open spaces and unspoiled wilderness, its 10,000 lakes and rivers—yes, they’ve all been counted!—and its waterfalls, Lanaudière is a true paradise for outdoor activities and fishing. Foodies thrive on the local products, and traditional or classical music enthusiasts can choose from an abundance of festivals.

Festival de Lanaudière

What a wonderful sight: the young and young-at-heart sitting on the grass together listening to classical music at the Festival de Lanaudière, which takes place at an impressive outdoor amphitheatre built to accommodate 8,000 people. The venue’s natural acoustics have seduced thousands of music lovers and musicians from here and abroad.

For five weeks starting in early July, Joliette turns into one big musical picnic ground. Some of Lanaudière’s churches transform into concert halls and the Rolland-Brunelle hall hosts concerts and recitals. To make it easier to attend, the Festival provides shuttle service between Montréal and Joliette. Packages are available including meals, tours of the Musée d’art de Joliette and accommodation. See you there?

Auberge du Lac Taureau

You’ll begin to unwind as soon as you turn onto Chemin de la Baie-du-Milieu, leading to the Auberge du Lac Taureau nestled deep in the woods. Set on the shores of Lac Taureau, this four-star log-structure inn oozes luxurious, rustic charm.

Its locally inspired cuisine is nothing short of exquisite, hitting the spot after a day in the great outdoors: choose from more than 30 activities, including mountain biking, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking and tennis. Or relax at the spa, with a massage, whirlpool bath or sauna... It’s the ideal spot for taking in the lake view.

Goûtez Lanaudière! Agritourism Tours

Foodies: you’ve come to the right place. Here, the producers are not just enthusiastic, they’re downright zealous, treating their farms like living laboratories.

The result is a vast array of local products guaranteed to make any self-respecting epicure’s mouth water. Along the country roads, stop in at livestock, crop and processing farms, all showcasing Lanaudière’s knack for boldly exploring, creating and reinventing.


A warm welcome always awaits you in the stunning Mauricie region.

Nestled in the heart of Québec, less than 90 minutes from major urban centres, Mauricie has much to offer. Explore this life-size playground boasting vast forests, parkland, outfitters and 17,500 lakes. It is home to a rich culture: museums, poets, storytellers, authors and musicians. Authentic and friendly... All that’s missing is you.

La Mauricie National Park

An outdoor paradise: 536 km2 (207 sq. mi.) of pure nature, 140 km (87 mi.) of trails and more than 150 lakes. Enjoy the scent of the conifer forest by day, and the aroma of toasted marshmallows over the campfire by night.

Outdoor enthusiasts are in their element: hiking, canoeing, swimming, fishing and more. True adventurers can hunker down for the night (or longer!). Pitch your tent, park your trailer, sit around the bonfire and count the stars. Or test out the oTENTik ready-to-camp accommodation—part tent, part rustic cabin—to enjoy the forest year-round, in comfort.

Amphithéâtre Cogeco and its diverse shows

Trois-Rivières has a lot to boast about: its amphitheatre features what is likely the most famous circus in the world. Cirque du Soleil has an agreement to create a series of 10 exclusive shows (suspended during the pandemic). This magnificent venue also presents a number of local and international productions in a cabaret format during the winter.

On stage and in the air, singers and acrobats dazzle the crowds. Nestled at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière Saint-Maurice, the stunning site provides the perfect acoustics for Cirque du Soleil to work its magic.

Highway 155 between Grandes-Piles and La Tuque

As one of the prettiest panoramic routes in Québec, the 155 is an attraction in and of itself.

Being the only highway between Trois-Rivières and La Tuque doesn’t make it a necessary evil. On the contrary: even motorcyclists seek out its delightful curves and scenery. The charm of Route 155 reveals itself in the town of Grandes-Piles, where it begins flanking the majestic Rivière Saint-Maurice. This 110-km (68-mi.) stretch toward La Tuque boasts breathtaking swaths of forest and river. In summer, the road flirts with the brilliant blue sky and white sailboats. In the fall, it snakes through the trees in full autumn colours.


Home to abundant wilderness, a fjord, whales, an inland sea and, especially, mouth-watering blueberries!

In one area, the Saguenay River runs through a spectacular fjord. Upstream, the immense Lac Saint-Jean appears like a veritable inland sea. When the water temperature approaches 25 °C, the surrounding territory, steeped in history, offers up a variety of cultural and adventure activities in the heart of magnificent landscapes that the eyes never tire of contemplating.

Lac Saint-Jean

Covering 1,100 km², Lac Saint-Jean is almost as big as a sea. But, of course, it’s not salt water. Nonetheless, with its white sandy beaches, you’d swear you were at the seaside. Water temperatures can climb to 25 °C in summer. You can circle the lake by car or bike, and enjoy lots of family-oriented activities along the way!

You could take up a different type of challenge with the Traversée internationale du lac Saint-Jean open-water swimming competition in July. This 32-km (20 mi.) athletic undertaking from Péribonka to Roberval has become a major festival featuring shows and a supper held at a table stretching one km (0.6 mi.) long through the streets of Roberval. The festive spirit is just as huge as the local blueberries! Incidentally, Lac Saint-Jean locals are affectionately nicknamed “Bleuets,” and they are always proud to welcome you!

City of Saguenay

For a taste bud explosion, head to the city of Saguenay. Born from the merger of three municipalities, the city has three lively downtown districts. Its restaurateurs serve up local gourmet dishes: broad bean soup, meat pies, blueberry pies and other boreal flavours. The area’s microbreweries and distilleries also produce local brews.

Saguenay offers the best of two worlds: a vibrant city to indulge yourself and explore local culture – a show on the history of the region (the “Royaume”) is presented here – and, nearby, an abundance of nature at the Parc national des Monts-Valin.

The Saguenay fjord

The Rivière Saguenay fjord is among the longest in the world, stretching 105 km (65 mi.) and set between steep cliffs. Admire its sheer immensity by boat as you explore the gorges and capes bearing such divine names as Trinité and Éternité. And you’re sure to wonder how a statue of the Virgin Mary could possibly be perched so high!

Several lookouts punctuate the trails of the Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay, providing breathtaking views. The Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park protects the marine area. The mouth of the fjord, in the St. Lawrence estuary, attracts belugas and other sea mammals that come to feed from June to October. You can spot them from the shore or take a boat cruise for a closer look.


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Québec, city and area:

It’s the province of Québec that took its name from the city, and not the other way around. After all, it’s the capital!

We’re proud of it and with good reason: its 4.6-km (2.8-mi.) fortress, the plains where the country’s destiny was played out and the world’s most photographed hotel—the majestic Château Frontenac... A fortified city that’s open to the world. The city of Québec lets you bask in old-European charm in a modern setting.

Old Québec

The only fortified city north of Mexico, Old Québec is best discovered by strolling through its inviting cobblestone streets. You’ll find yourself in an area that’s centuries old yet wired for the future. Shopping and dining experiences await as part of the wintry magic and summer rhythms.

The mix of French, British, Indigenous and North American influences can be felt all around at Place-Royale, where the city was founded. You’ll think you somehow stumbled onto a movie set... and you actually have, as many filmmakers have chosen Old Québec for their backdrop. To go from lower town to upper town, take the challenge of climbing the Casse-Cou stairs or opt for a ride up in the funicular linked to Dufferin Terrace, where Château Frontenac looks out over the St. Lawrence River. You’ll want to continue exploring all the way up to Saint-Louis Gate, the Citadelle, the Parliament Building… before taking a well-deserved break on the Plains of Abraham.

Montmorency Falls

At 83 m (272 ft.) in height, the impressive Montmorency Falls are a full 30 m (98 ft.) higher than Niagara Falls.

Whether by car or public transit, this outing will be the high point of your day: all the lookout points for taking in the falls will have you constantly reaching for your camera, whether it’s from the suspension bridge or the 487-step panoramic staircase. You can also fly past the falls on a zip line, stretching some 300 m (984 ft.), or in a cable car from the station at the foot of the falls. Or admire the falls from the vantage points offered by any of three cliffside adventure circuits (via ferrata); in this case, your hands probably won’t be free for taking photos! But you’ll certainly have lots of exciting stories to tell later.

Île d’Orléans

Feeling a bit hungry? Where better to tempt your tastes buds than on Île d’Orléans, located in the St. Lawrence River across from Montmorency Falls. Vineyard, chocolate maker, vegetable farms, strawberry fields, large orchards, maple groves... the attractions of this agritourism paradise are equalled only by the hospitality of the local producers and artisans.

A trip to the island—67 km (42 mi.) by car or on bike—is a trip back in time. At the Maison de nos Aïeux, you just may discover that your ancestors were among the 300 families that arrived from France and went on to settle all over North America. You’ll also want to visit the 18th-century flour mill now converted into a restaurant as well as the Espace Félix-Leclerc, which pays tribute to the poet and singer in what was his last home. Take in a show at the coffee shop–concert hall, and stroll down the trail to the river. It’s like walking in Félix’s footsteps!


The Charlevoix region boasts exceptional natural beauty and is the ideal spot to relax and re-energize.

Charlevoix is steeped in more than 200 years of tourist adventures and fascinating discoveries. It exudes a particular energy and an unrivalled richness and diversity. Its varied landscapes from sea to mountains inspires exceptional creations, products, flavours and memorable moments.

Observing marine mammals

Sculpted between the sea and the mountains, the Charlevoix landscape is modulated by the majestic St. Lawrence River. Marine mammals migrate through this area between May and the end of October. The town of Baie-Sainte-Catherine welcomes visitors keen to observe the whales and snap photos when they surface. A fun challenge!

Discovering local flavours

“Oh, you’re going to Charlevoix? Lucky you, you’ll just love the food!” This common reaction is because the region is known for its outstanding local fare: cheese, lamb, beer and other high-quality products many of which bear the Table agro-touristique de Charlevoix certification (“Certifié Terroir Charlevoix”).

The Flavour Trail agritourism circuit promises a gastronomical tour to visit livestock operations, vegetable growers, restaurateurs, producers, processors... all of them passionate, creative and innovative. Chat with them and you’ll see!

A hiking paradise

There’s nothing better than the wide-open spaces of Charlevoix, where you’ll be mezmerized by some of the most spectacular scenery in Québec. From the charming coastal village of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, through an impressive range of backcountry mountains, more than 550 km of hiking trails criss-cross the region.

Walkers get a bird’s eye view of the shades of blue in the St. Lawrence River and of the green hues of the forests and mountains. And how about a splash of sunny yellow with that? There’s a good reason why artists adore this region!


Côte-Nord is a region of endless larger-than-life scenery. A road trip you need to take at least once in your lifetime.

The Whale Route (Route des Baleines) stretches for over 800 km (497 mi.) along the St. Lawrence River, from Tadoussac to Kegaska, at the end of Route 138. You can also explore toward the north, heading out from Baie-Comeau, to see the gigantic hydroelectric facilities―our very own modern-day pyramids!


Sitting along the majestic St. Lawrence River, Tadoussac is the starting point of the Whale Route (Route des Baleines), at the mouth of the Fjord du Saguenay. It’s where the sea giants come to feed in summer and fall. In addition to whale-watching cruises, Tadoussac is also known for its history, lively summer seasons and Festival de la Chanson.

Tadoussac was New France’s first fur trading post in 1600. Today, the beavers and other animals live quietly in nature. Visitors can discover the way of life of long ago at the Chauvin Trading Post.

Whale Route (Route des Baleines)

It’s not the squirrels in our backyard that grab our attention; it’s the whales in our river. In fact, from Tadoussac onward, Route 138 takes on a new name, becoming the Whale Route (Route des Baleines), marked with attractive blue signs with a little white whale, to make sure you don’t miss the many sites devoted to our marine mammals.

The route runs for 880 km (547 mi.), following the path of these sea giants. Thirteen whale species roam the St. Lawrence River during the summer and fall. You can catch sight of them from the shore or on the water, aboard a cruise boat, sea kayak or Zodiac boat, and you will even hear them sing!

Mingan Archipelago