Responsible Road Trips in Eastern Québec

Vue sur Québec et le fleuve à partir de la terrasse Pierre Dugua-de-Mons
Jeff Frenette

Set an eastward course on your next trip to Québec and watch the stars align for a fabulous experience. Head out from Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the North and South Shores of the St. Lawrence River on itineraries designed to be as responsible as memorable. Discover the unique personality, fascinating history, and natural beauty of each region with a wide range of eco-friendly businesses.

The establishments recommended in these itineraries make the effort to buy locally, reduce their environmental footprint, and do more to benefit their local communities. It’s a first step towards a more sustainable travel experience aimed at preserving what’s there for future generations.

Discover Eastern Québec

Kayaks en mer

On your next trip to Québec, set an eastward course and enjoy a fabulous experience!

Where is Eastern Québec?

Suggested Responsible Itineraries

Three-Week Loop of Eastern Québec

As immense and intense as the province itself, this 3-week road trip covers about 1,800 km on both sides of the St. Lawrence, starting from spectacular Québec City. The rich heritage of the province’s capital is the first stage of a trip that will have you rolling in the rustic charm and rugged beauty of Charlevoix, standing in awe at the immensity of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and its epic fjord, watching whales on the North Shore, and winding your way through the trees of Québec’s boreal forest.

Crossing over to the South Shore, you’ll be greeted by the beaches, forests and maritime culture of Gaspésie, then on to the sweet lull of the Bas-Saint-Laurent and its fascinating seafaring past. The Chaudière-Appalaches region forms the final chapter of this grand loop where nature, culture, and history rise to meet you at every turn, enhanced by your choice of authentic experiences and eco-friendly providers.

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North Shore of the St. Lawrence River: Québec City to Minganie

Québec City, that treasure trove of history and heritage, is the point of departure for this larger-than-life road trip along the North Shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf. You’ll cover 2,400 km in 8 stages over 2 weeks, travelling through 3 of Québec’s biggest regions.

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean offers the chance to see an awe-inspiring fjord and a true inland sea. The vast Côte-Nord and its Whale Route are an endless succession of breathtaking coastal views and fascinating islands crying out to be explored. Your trip winds up with the hills and valleys, beaches and mountains, and bountiful countryside of Charlevoix.

The national parks in these regions are some of the most spectacular in the province, with wilderness as far as the eye can see and an extensive selection of sustainable suppliers to help you make the most of your experience.

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South Shore of the St. Lawrence: Québec City to the Gaspésie Peninsula

You’ll need 2 weeks to complete this 1,700 km road trip. Explore the amazing outdoors and fascinating heritage of the St. Lawrence River’s South Shore, with 8 stops hand-picked for their fabulous attractions.

After a stretch on the historic Chemin du Roy (King’s Road) and a stop-off in Old Québec, set sail for Grosse-Île for a moving chapter of the province’s history. Along the St. Lawrence or inland, the Chaudière-Appalaches Region has many more surprises in store for travellers looking for unique, sustainable experiences.

Further along, the national parks of the Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Gaspésie Peninsula are wonderlands stretching out from the mountains to the sea, with tons of great places to stop for a bit of culture and fine living. You’ll then say goodbye to the South Shore, crossing the great river for a stunning conclusion in the World Heritage Site of Old Québec City.

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What to Do in Eastern Québec?

  • Kayakistes le long des falaises du Parc de Gros-Cap

    10 Ways to Experience Québec's Islands and Gulf of St. Lawrence

    A couple hikes on the Scotora Trail in Jacques-Cartier National Park.

    Sépaq: 10 National Parks You Have to Visit in Eastern Québec

  • Baleine à bosse dans le Saint-Laurent

    7 Ways Tadoussac and Charlevoix Are Unique Destinations for Whale‑Watching

    Site d’interprétation micmac de Gespeg

    Get Back to Québec’s Roots With These 10 Indigenous Experiences

  • Seal watching from kayaks

    15 Ecotourism-Certified Outdoor Activities in Québec

    Visite guidée du Lieu historique des Fortifications-de-Québec

    3 Parks Canada Sites That Bring Québec’s History Alive


Recommended Experiences

  • Randonnée au sommet du Sentier International des Appalaches
    Guided Hike in the Chic-Chocs Québec Adventure Outdoor

    Price from: $1069

    Guided hike of 4 days and 4 nights from hut to hut with luggage transportation, in the Parc national de la Gaspésie, on the International Appalachian Trail.

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  • Herboristerie au Jardin des Défricheurs
    Introduction to Herbalism - 2-Night Package Vaolo

    Price from: $148

    At Le Jardin des Défricheurs, learn how to pick, dry and transform medicinal and edible plants with your host and herbalist Joëlle.

    CITQ Number: 227124469

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  • Visite du Lieu historique national des Forts-et-Châteaux-Saint-Louis
    Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux Guided Tour Parks Canada

    Price from: $8

    Hidden under the Dufferin Terrace, the remains of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux will unveil the secrets of the governors' residence between 1620 and 1834.

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  • Fjord du Saguenay
    Whale Watching Cruise and Fjord AML Cruises

    Price from: $99,99

    From Tadoussac, hop on aboard on a whale-watching cruise in a boat specially designed for observation, which will also allow you to admire the majestic Saguenay Fjord.

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  • Visite guidée des fortifications de Québec
    Fortifications of Québec Guided Tour Parks Canada

    Price from: $13,25

    Accompanied by a Parks Canada guide, explore the city’s most beautiful vantage points while learning about the history and the conservation of its defensive system.

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  • Animaux de la ferme La Comptonie Voyageuse
    Farm Visit - 2-Night Package Vaolo

    Price from: $160

    In the Gaspésie region, visit the farm and the various vegetable gardens of La Comptonie Voyageuse. Exchange with your hosts about self-sufficiency and food production.

    CITQ Number: 275811

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  • Soin au tambour au Centre Hũna
    Drum Treatment - 2-Night Package Vaolo

    Price from: $370

    Enjoy a fun experience out of the ordinary at the Centre Hũna, located in the Québec region, by taking part in a drum treatment session.

    CITQ Number: 300837

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  • Ours polaire à l'Aquarium du Québec
    Discover Thousands of Marine Animals Sépaq

    Price from: $21,50

    Dive into the fascinating world of the Aquarium du Québec. Visit our pavilions and outdoor basins. Come and meet our polar bears, harbour seals, jelly fish and other species.

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  • Via ferrata avec vue sur le fjord du Saguenay
    Discover the Saguenay Fjord Differently Sépaq

    Price from: $52

    Try 1 of our 3 guided via ferrata circuits on the imposing cliffs of Baie Éternité. Breathtaking views on the Saguenay Fjord, always changing to the rhythm of the tides.

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Vue aérienne du parc national de la Jacques- Cartier avec brume

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