Rolling on the St. Lawrence River Through Quebec

Charlevoix outside of Quebec City. RV along the Saint Lawrence River

RV along the Saint Lawrence River.

See our ongoing coverage of Canada’s 150th birthday in the following weeks.

As French explorers and settlers navigated the St. Lawrence River, they planted the seeds for a dynamic culture that clings fiercely to its European roots. Sample the food, architecture and customs of this compelling province. From bustling cities to sedate countryside, the St. Lawrence River flows through every facet of Quebec. 

Drive 163.7 miles, 3 hours, 31 minutes

 RV along the Saint Lawrence River

 

RV along the Saint Lawrence River

1. Montreal

Starting Point • History, Nature, Quirky, Shopping

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec Province. Stroll cobblestoned streets in Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal), then swing by Old Port’s shops on the mighty St. Lawrence River. Win big at a casino, or go to the Insectarium, the science center, the botanical garden, a fine art museum, the planetarium, the Olympic stadium, the biosphere and historic cathedrals. Visit Parc du Mont-Royal, which towers over the city and delivers breathtaking views year-round.

 

2. Trois-Rivières

84.4 miles, 1 hour, 50 minute • Food, History, Nature, Quirky, Shopping, Sports

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the majestic St. Lawrence River to Trois-Riviere. Here, you can take the Tourist Info Office’s “Walking Rally” through the old city and answer quiz questions like, “How did horses, cars and sleighs cross the river in 1921?” Enjoy foodie heaven—dozens of great restaurants dot the city. Drop by the Quebec Museum of Folk Culture or tour the Old Prison. Visit in August and enjoy the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres—a weekend of exciting auto racing.

 

RV along the Saint Lawrence River

3. Quebec City

79.4 miles, 1 hour, 40 minutes • Food, History, Nature, Outdoor Recreation, Shopping

You’ll swear you’ve been magically transported to France upon visiting Quebec City. The unbelievably beautiful Chateau Frontenac dominates the skyline. From its enormous boardwalk, see a breathtaking vista over the majestic St. Lawrence River. Take the funicular (vertical railroad) to the Petit Champlain district—a quaint warren of ancient streets and shops. The Musee de la Civilisation is a must-see. And take the short drive to Montmorency Falls—walk the footbridge if you dare. Cathedrals, battlefields and European charm await you.

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  1. Thanks to your review we are actually going to do this this summer. Can’t wait!

  2. Anonymous

    We just returned from a camping trip in Ontario and everywhere you look, the country is gearing up for their 150th anniversary on July 1st. The three cities in this article are all well worth visiting.

    It is not a bad time for US residents to travel in Canada with the currently favorable exchange rate on the Canadian dollar.

    The trans Canadian highway system (inter state highways) are well maintained and make travel with a camper pretty easy and safe.

  3. Anonymous

    As a Canadian, I’d like to thank Good Sam for recognizing our significant birthday and promoting the “happenings” across Canada. For those visiting Ontario, drive along the southern shore of Georgian Bay, westward, then up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory to catch the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry to the Manitoulin Island. This is a most interesting and scenic journey, which will take you to Sudbury where a visit to the Science North museum is a must.