The province of Quebec is an intriguing mix of wilderness and modern urban life that exudes old world history and European charm, and the best way to absorb its unique beauty and character is by motorhome.
Extending nearly 2,000 km (1,242 mi.) from the U.S. border to the Arctic Ocean, between Ontario to the west and New Brunswick and Labrador to the east, Quebec is more extreme than the R.O.C. (Rest of Canada), and that includes its weather: hot summers and cold winters. That cold aside, winter may just be the best time to visit Quebec in your motorhome, what with Bonhomme (Winter Carnival king) lumbering around in Quebec and Mont Tremblant alive with skiers (but summer’s lovely, too!).
Chic French city centres Montréal and Québec City are places where history and architecture mingle with the modern urban world. Both cities bustle with restaurants and bars, nightclubs and theatres, exclusive shopping centres, museums and galleries. Drive your RV down to the Eastern Townships south of Montréal that stretch along the borders of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to experience the quaint aura of New England. There are countless fabulous experiences to be had in Quebec on a motorhome road trip:
- The Laurentians, an enchanting mountain and farmland region north of Montréal, is an escape to yesteryear. Think apple orchards, stone farmhouses, artisan cheesemakers and centuries-old timbered homes–although new millennium top-rated resorts and spas, golf and skiing, as well as chateaus and B&Bs abound.
- Québec also entertains with festivals throughout the year, including the renowned Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Just for Laughs Festival, when 2,000 comedians take to the streets.
- Drive your Rv through Quebec's amazing diversity of landscape: a fertile plain between the Canadian Shield and the Appalachian Mountains; and wide blankets of forest and tundra which share over a million lakes and thousands of rivers.
Quebec, and especially the city of Montreal, not only has a charming, Old World European feel, but also several castles worth visiting on any road trip. When touring these castles you’ll not only be wowed by the gorgeous architecture and interiors, but also the past of this historic province. A bonus? Once you’re done with the castles you’ll also be able to see the sights of vibrant Montreal and Quebec City, if you so choose. Want a longer road trip? Think about adding our Ontario Castles route to your vacation schedule.
If you're taking your RV even anywhere close, Montreal is a must-do in your motorhome itinerary. This stylish and romantic city is a blend of English and French, and the second largest city in Canada after Toronto. With two thirds of the population French speaking Montreal is also the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world (after Paris).
Quebec City is the capital city of the province of Quebec (though it is referred to as the National Capital in the province). The name Quebec originally referred to just the city, and is an aboriginal word for "where the river narrows" as the St. Lawrence River dramatically closes in just east of the city. It is situated on 200 foot high cliffs with stunning views of the surrounding Laurentian mountains and the St. Lawrence River. The architectural beauty on every European style street illustrates the city's rich culture and history.