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Three road trips through Ontario and Québec

Three road trips through Ontario and Québec

Get behind the wheel with these three road trips in Québec and Ontario. Prepare to see the most beautiful roads in Canada, dazzling panoramas, a land rich in flavors and culture and unique colours!


Classic road trip: Montréal to Toronto through open countryside


A classic drive worth revisiting, with a mix of big cities and rural areas.

Parc Oméga, Montebello, Québec
Parc Oméga, Montebello, Québec


Montr?alExternal Link Title is a city of cultures and festivals. Come experience the vibe of neighbourhoods like the PlateauExternal Link Title, the Mile EndExternal Link Title and the Quartier LatinExternal Link Title. To enjoy nature in the city, start at Mount Royal ParkExternal Link Title, then head to the Jardin botaniqueExternal Link Title. Visit Old Montr?alExternal Link Title on foot and explore the archeological vestiges of Pointe-?-Calli?reExternal Link Title. Have fun learning about science at the Montr?al Science CentreExternal Link Title. In good weather or bad, visit Montr?al's Underground CityExternal Link Title, a network of more than 30 kilometres of passageways leading to museums, boutiques, performance venues and restaurants. Try the restaurants at Time Out MarketExternal Link Title!



Just north of Montr?al, take time out at Mont-TremblantExternal Link Title for a first-class mountain experience. Starting from Tremblant's Pedestrian VillageExternal Link Title, which is lined with boutiques and restaurants (we recommend the fondue at La SavoieExternal Link Title), step aboard the panoramic gondolaExternal Link Title for a stunning view of the Laurentians. If you have energy left to burn, rent an electric bike at D-TourExternal Link Title or go for a hike at Domaine Saint-BernardExternal Link Title. Afterwards, enjoy the fine dining at sEb L'artisan culinaireExternal Link Title.



Follow the road to the OutaouaisExternal Link Title region for a stay at the luxurious Fairmont Le Ch?teau MontebelloExternal Link Title. Enjoy a taste of the hotel's fabulous cuisine, with its focus on local products, and relax at the spaExternal Link Title. Roam the nearby Parc OmegaExternal Link Title in your car to observe animals (deer, bears, wolves, etc.) in their natural habitats. If you visit at night, be sure to catch the Omega by NightExternal Link Title sound and light show.


Ottawa and Gatineau

Take the Chemins d'eauExternal Link Title route to GatineauExternal Link Title and marvel at our past at the Canadian Museum of HistoryExternal Link Title. The Grand Hall alone is worth the trip! In OttawaExternal Link Title, Parliament HillExternal Link Title has free guided tours. Don't miss the changing of the guardExternal Link Title or the Peace Tower carillon concertsExternal Link Title. Foodies will appreciate a meal at BektaExternal Link Title or Play Food & WineExternal Link Title at the renowned Byward MarketExternal Link Title. Visiting in May? Prepare to be dazzled by millions of tulips during the Canadian Tulip FestivalExternal Link Title.


Algonquin Provincial Park

Make your way to Algonquin Provincial ParkExternal Link Title, the ideal place to admire the fall colours, all along the Highway 60 CorridorExternal Link Title. Choose your outdoor activity: hiking, cycling, fishing or canoeing. After your nature break, you can admire the works housed in the Algonquin Art CenterExternal Link Title and dive into history at the Algonquin Logging MuseumExternal Link Title.



Wrap up your road trip in the multicultural and cosmopolitan city of TorontoExternal Link Title, with oh-so-hip neighbourhoods like the WestsideExternal Link Title, The BeachesExternal Link Title and the Historic Distillery District. While in the Distillery District, treat yourself at Cluny Bistro & BoulangerieExternal Link Title. The Art Gallery of OntarioExternal Link Title--one of the biggest in North America--and the renowned Royal Ontario MuseumExternal Link Title are sure to delight art lovers. The city's icon, the CN TowerExternal Link Title, has unforgettable attractions: a glass floorExternal Link Title 342 metres in the air and 360External Link Title restaurant, where the breathtaking panoramic view is rivalled only by the creative cuisine of chef John Morris. From the bustling city centre, head to the serene Toronto IslandsExternal Link Title and enjoy a Toronto Island Walking TourExternal Link Title.


Scenic road trip: From Toronto and Niagara to Quebec City and Charlevoix


From Toronto to Qu?bec City, with Niagara and Charlevoix as options, a road trip full of discoveries, from rustic to urban to epicurean!

Gare du Palais, Québec, Québec
Gare du Palais, Québec, Québec


In Toronto, thrill-seekers will want to try the Edge WalkExternal Link Title, the highest hands-free walk in the world. Get a sense of the city's cultural mix in Kensington MarketExternal Link Title, a lively cluster of more than 240 businesses (explore the market with a walking tourExternal Link Title). Celebrate with a fantastic meal--and view--at Hotel X's Falcon SkyBarExternal Link Title. Be sure to visit Casa LomaExternal Link Title, Toronto's castle of a thousand wonders.


Recommended add-on: Niagara

Take a round trip to Niagara to marvel at the world-famous falls and the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyards.


The north shore of Lake Ontario

Drive along Lake Ontario's shoreline to Presqu'ile Provincial ParkExternal Link Title and stop to see the freshwater lighthouse. Bask in the glorious sandy beaches and hiking trails at Sandbanks Provincial ParkExternal Link Title. Then it's off to Prince Edward CountyExternal Link Title to roam the vineyards and cider works, farms, markets and restaurants along the Flavour TrailExternal Link Title. Stop by The County Cider CompanyExternal Link Title or Crimson Cider Co.External Link Title and treat yourself to oysters at Sand and PearlExternal Link Title.


Take in the beauty of the 1000 IslandsExternal Link Title with a boat tourExternal Link Title, then dive into history in KingstonExternal Link Title at Bellevue House National Historic SiteExternal Link Title and Fort HenryExternal Link Title.


From Kingston to Montr?al

Halfway between Kingston and Montr?alExternal Link Title, explore the Parks of the St. LawrenceExternal Link Title. Take the Long Sault ParkwayExternal Link Title, a natural paradise with eleven islands, and relax at the dazzling Mille Roches BeachExternal Link Title. Enjoy the bird sanctuaryExternal Link Title at Upper Canada VillageExternal Link Title.


When you reach Montr?al, stock up on provisions in Little ItalyExternal Link Title or at Jean Talon MarketExternal Link Title.


From Montr?al to Queb?c City

Between Montr?al and Quebec CityExternal Link Title, detour onto the King's RoadExternal Link Title for the rich history and the sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River. Two highly recommended epicurean stops: Magasin g?n?ral Par?External Link Title and L'esprit de clocherExternal Link Title microbrewery.


Visit magnificent Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famous Fairmont Le Ch?teau FrontenacExternal Link Title. Take a guided walking tourExternal Link Title of Old Quebec, including Quartier Petit ChamplainExternal Link Title and Place RoyaleExternal Link Title, the cradle of French North America. Admire the St. Lawrence River as you stroll along the Promenade des GouverneursExternal Link Title on your way to the Plains of AbrahamExternal Link Title, a vast park that stretches all the way to Mus?e national des beaux-arts du Qu?becExternal Link Title. You'll definitely want to see the fabulous Inuit Art collectionExternal Link Title at this fine arts museum! Just a few minutes out of town, you can experience Indigenous culture at Onho?a Chetek8e, a traditional Huron siteExternal Link Title.


Take the New France RouteExternal Link Title to Canyon Saint-AnneExternal Link Title, which boasts impressive waterfalls and suspension bridges. Once you're there, challenge the heights with the via ferrata and the Air CanyonExternal Link Title. Take a seat and fly through the air from 90 metres above!


Recommended add-on: Charlevoix

Before you head back west, drive on to the Charlevoix regionExternal Link Title. Follow the Flavour TrailExternal Link Title, the St. Lawrence RouteExternal Link Title and the Mountain RoadExternal Link Title. Stay at Fairmont le Manoir RichelieuExternal Link Title and meet the artisans of La Papeterie Saint-GillesExternal Link Title. Wrap up your trip in the great outdoors at Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivi?re-MalbaieExternal Link Title.


Road trip off the beaten path: Ottawa, Northeastern Ontario, Abitibi-T?miscamingue and the lakes route in Outaouais


A loop joining Ottawa and Gatineau via the lakes route, with vast wilderness and First Nations heritage sites.

Cup and Saucer Trail, Manitoulin Island, Ontario - credit: Max Coquard
Cup and Saucer Trail, Manitoulin Island, Ontario - credit: Max Coquard


As Canada's capital city, OttawaExternal Link Title offers travellers a variety of experiences. Get your heart pounding with a rafting trip just minutes from downtownExternal Link Title. Take a stroll down Wellington WestExternal Link Title, the perfect street for trendy shops and sublime gelato from Stella Luna Gelato Caf?External Link Title. Take your pick of museums, including the Canadian War MuseumExternal Link Title and the Canadian Aviation and Space MuseumExternal Link Title.


Kawartha Lakes

Just west of Ottawa, you can explore the Kawartha LakesExternal Link Title regionExternal Link Title and its crystalline waters. Choose from four scenic drivesExternal Link Title or a fishing expeditionExternal Link Title. Cycling and hiking trailsExternal Link Title crisscross the entire region. Travel back in time at Kawartha Settlers' VillageExternal Link Title, then take a gourmet break at Kawartha Country WinesExternal Link Title.


Georgian Bay

Drive along the Georgian BayExternal Link Title coastline to French River Provincial ParkExternal Link Title, where you can paddle the same routes once used by First Nations. At Killarney Provincial ParkExternal Link Title, treat yourself to the experience of sleeping in a yurt. For incredible views, climb the "fissure" trail and walk along the while cliffs. Love Fish & Chips? You'll enjoy the fare at the hugely popular Herbert FisheriesExternal Link Title.


Recommended add-on: Manitoulin Island

Immerse yourself in the spectacular wilderness of ManitoulinExternal Link Title IslandExternal Link Title, the largest freshwater island in the world and an ancestral territory of the Anishinaabe First Nation. Learn about their culture at the Ojibwe Cultural FoundationExternal Link Title. Stay in a log cabinExternal Link Title, join an expert on a salmon fishing expeditionExternal Link Title, and grab a bite to eat in MajaExternal Link Title's garden.


Greater Sudbury

Enjoy an urban stopover in Greater SudburyExternal Link Title. Visit Science NorthExternal Link Title and indulge in the gourmet creations at The PatioExternal Link Title. When you venture downtown, don't miss the trails at Junction Creek Waterway ParkExternal Link Title.


North Bay

Take a nature break in North BayExternal Link Title at Duchesnay FallsExternal Link Title and relax on the beautiful beachesExternal Link Title of Lake Nipissing. Want to get some exercise? Explore the lake on a kayak with ShockwavesExternal Link Title.



In Qu?bec's Abitibi-T?miscamingueExternal Link Title region, roam the forest at Parc national d'Op?micanExternal Link Title, where you can rent bicycles, canoes, kayaks or paddleboards. Further to the north, visit Obadjiwan-Fort T?miscamingue National Historic SiteExternal Link Title near Ville-MarieExternal Link Title, one of the prettiest villages in Qu?bec. Gaze in wonder at the majestic Lake T?miscamingue from Parc du CentenaireExternal Link Title.


In Rouyn-NorandaExternal Link Title, take an architectural heritage toursExternal Link Title or a guided tour of Dumulon General StoreExternal Link Title. See the giant's kettles and pillow lava in Parc national d'AiguebelleExternal Link Title, a gem of a park and one of the highlights of the region.


Just to the east, Val-d'OrExternal Link Title awaits with its fabulous Cit? de l'OrExternal Link Title. Go deep into the heart of a gold mining operation and visit the mining town. Experience Indigenous Anicinabe culture at KinawitExternal Link Title. Stop by Hotel ForestelExternal Link Title to savour local fare prepared by acclaimed chef Yves Moreau.


Return trip to Gatineau and Ottawa

Drive south to R?serve faunique de la V?rendryeExternal Link Title. With its 4,000+ lakes, it's a fishing paradise, so rent a boat! Enjoy even more nature in Gatineau ParkExternal Link Title in the Outaouais region. For magnificent views, hike the King MountainExternal Link Title trail. Explore Lusk CaveExternal Link Title and be on the lookout for sandy beaches. Not far from the park, pamper yourself at Nordik Spa-NatureExternal Link Title.