One day I will take two or three weeks time to travel the historic route along the St Lawrence river on a bicycle or by canoe. One of my favored travel routes (right now traveled by car) is from Montreal to Rimouski and further into the Gaspesie. No matter if you drive the small country roads on the south shore (HWY 132) or north shore (HWY 138) between Montreal or Quebec City and Tadoussac or Rimouski, you will discover dozens of gorgeous towns on your way. There are several bridges and ferries over the St. Lawrence river that allow travellers to change over to the other side. With a bit luck you might even see Whales early in the morning or late in the day.
"Les plus beaux villages of Quebec"
Many of these little towns and villages belong to a network of authentic heritages villages, located in stunning, rural landscape, always with a view to the St. Lawrence river.
Travellers can enjoy local cuisine not only in small cafes and restaurants, but also in historic mills. One might forget fast food chains for a while ...
On the South Shore:
Recently I explored one village I haven`t seen before: St.-Antoine-de-Tilly. Located 25 km from Quebec City, it is a real gem with it`s beautifully restored heritage homes, surrounded by quaint farm country and apple orchards. A small park dotted with picknick tables on the river shore allows you to watch big ocean freight liners on their way to and from Montreal`s port. The Manoir de Tilly, built in 1786, serves fine local cuisine and has terrific gardens, the Bergeron fromagerie offers tastings and tours.
Take your time to explore these beautiful villages along the mighty St Lawrence river. And prepare to be charmed...