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Family Road Trip St. Lawrence River and Environs

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Family Road Trip St. Lawrence River and Environs

We are in need of advice for a 16-day road trip in and around Quebec Province, leaving and returning to Philadelphia area.

Travel dates will be Aug 9, to Aug 27, 2013.

We have three children ages 9 and under.

Thinking of the following stops for 2-3 days each:

Eastern Townships (need advice where to stay/what to do)

Follow 132 and take ferry at Trois Pistoles

Malbie

Old Quebec

Mont Tremblant

1000 Islands

Niagra Falls

Any advice/highlights/activities/accomodation recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Family Road Trip St. Lawrence River and Environs

Instead of taking the ferry at Trois-Pistoles take the one crossing from Rimouski (40 km east of Trois-Pistoles) to Les Escoumins on the North Shore:

http://www.traversier.com/

Between Trois-Pistoles and Rimouski you could spend a few hours in the Parc national du Bic or even spend the night in the park in one of their fully equipped "Ready-to-Camp" tents:

www.sepaq.com/pq/bic/index.dot?language_id=1

There are lots of activities for both adults and children within this park.

Before crossing to the North Shore visit the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père three km east of Rimouski. You can climb a lighthouse, visit the museum dedicated to the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in 1914 with over 1000 losses of life and take a self guided tour (English or French) of a cold war era Canadian submarine. If you choose you could spend the night aboard the submarine with a simulated mission at sea before turning in in one the boats bunks:

http://www.shmp.qc.ca/indexen.html

At Les Escoumins on the North Shore you can rent a two bedroom cottage overlooking the sea at Essipit, the Indian area of the village. I rented a Essipit cottage at L'Anse-àYves last year and we were able to observe whales and belugas directly from the cottage. In this area you don't need to take a boat tour to observe the whales. They come as close as 200 meters from the shore:

www.essipit.com/eng/chalets/anseAYves.html

From there you can make your way back towards Quebec City going through Tadoussac at the mouth of the Saguenay River and La Malbaie in the Charlevoix area.

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2. Re: Family Road Trip St. Lawrence River and Environs

Note that the Thousand Islands (Gananoque) and Niagara Falls are both located in Ontario, so you might consider posting in that forum for more detailed responses.

In terms of travelling between the two, you have two options. You can cross back into the USA at Gananoque and travel along I-81 and I-90 on the south shore of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Or you can continue west in Ontario to NF, passing through Toronto. Either of these options should take about the same amount of time (4 - 4.5 hours), although passing through Toronto does mean you may encounter delays due to rush hour traffic.

The most obvious routes to take in either option are the major highways, neither of which are overly scenic. However there are slower, more picturesque secondary highways you can take, which also go through (in Ontario at least) some very lovely towns and areas.

It's really up to you to take a look at a map, decide which option you'd prefer, and then perhaps come back with more detailed queries about this portion of your trip.

Rimouski (Québec)
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3. Re: Family Road Trip St. Lawrence River and Environs

Sorry! My first paragraph in Post No 2 should have been "the ferry crossing from Rimouski to Forestville" instead of Les Escoumins. Forestville is approx 40 kim east of Les Escoumins.

Robert

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4. Re: Family Road Trip St. Lawrence River and Environs

For the Eastern Townships, which are quite beautiful and have plenty of activities, visit easterntownships.org. Great website with lots of suggestions.

JDP

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5. Re: Family Road Trip St. Lawrence River and Environs

Hello,

If you are planning to visit the Eastern Townships, I would recommend you visit the quaint villages of Knowlton, Stanstead, Ayer's Cliff, Magog and North Hatley. These are quaint little villages where you can walk, picnic, dine, shop and even go to the beach (Knowlton has a beach on Lake Brome, Magog has a beach on Lake Memphremagog and North Hatley has a beach on Lake Massawippi). Stanstead has a lovely little opera house which sits on the border (the border runs literally right through the middle of the opera house) .. this is worth a visit. For a lovely place to stay overnight, I would recommend North Hatley on Lake Massawippi. Take a look on Trip Advisor for places to stay in this lovely little village. Accomodations vary from a Relais Chateau to small B & B's to cottage rentals ... All of these villages are not very far from one another and you can always do a circuit going from west to east ... Knowlton, Stanstead, Magog, Ayer's Cliff, North Hatley. If you still have time, you can go into the larger city of Sherbrooke and visit the older section .. lovely turn of the century homes. All of these places have wonderful places to eat too !

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