If you're a native Montrealer, you might not have had much reason to leave our beloved metropolis in search of 'naturescapes' outside of the city. But after being locked down for months, most of us are raring to get away as fast as we can. And a road trip through la belle province sounds like the perfect place to start, as soon as we get the green light!
Being the province with the second-largest landmass in Canada, there's too much beauty in the province to explore on one trip — from whale-watching on beaches to exploring historical, centuries-old sites.
If you're looking for a taste of the great outdoors to experience all the natural sights the province has to offer, a trip from Montreal to Gaspésie has something for everyone.
Hang this map on your dreamboard — for manifestation purposes, of course — and you'll be checking items off this road trip bucket list in no time.
Quebec CityVlad Ghiea | Dreamstime
Why You Need To Go: Whether you prefer summer or winter road trips, Quebec City is a must-see. With 400 years of rich history and architecture, Quebec's capital may feel a lot like Old Montreal but its old town is even larger — and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Plains of Abraham, walk along the Dufferin Terrace to view Quebec's historical sites, or visit Place Royal, the site where Quebec was founded all those centuries ago.
CharlevoixIamstef | Dreamstime
Why You Need To Go: Charlevoix is known for its local cheeses, but it's also home to locally-crafted ciders and beers, organic meat and artisanal wine.
Charlevoix is also home to gorgeous scenery — be sure to explore its many riverbanks along Baie-Saint-Paul and the Acropole-des-Draveurs trail. Charlevoix even hosts black bear-watching expeditions with a "bear whisperer"!
TadoussacStefan Ivanov | Dreamstime
Why You Need To Go: If you're looking to go whale-watching in Quebec, Tadoussac is your ideal road-trip destination!
Sea-kayaking is available in the Tadoussac Bay, the Saint Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord — you might cross paths with some beluga whales, so take caution while boating!
Gaspésie RegionClaude Gariepy | Dreamstime
Why You Need To Go: The Gaspésie peninsula is perfect for both summer and winter, when you can have a relaxing day by the beach or get some cross-country skiing and fatbiking done on snow hills.
It's also a great location for a zen weekend, with yoga retreats available in Bonaventure and the Oblivio Spa in Matane.
ForillonCepperson | Dreamstime
Why You Need To Go: Forillon, also in the Gaspésie region, has a plethora of green spaces and sea cliffs you can visit throughout the year.
If you're an animal-lover in Quebec, you can observe several species of seals, bears, moose, whales and beavers in their natural habitat. In the summer, it's the perfect spot for snorkelling and camping, and the winter makes for some really gorgeous views of the water.
PercéNadino | Dreamstime
Why You Need To Go: Percé is one of the coastal Quebec regions with the nicest beaches, making it the perfect summer retreat. View the enormous Percé rock in the middle of the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence, or go on a boat excursion around Bonaventure Island.
Percé is also home to a number of bird-watching excursions if you love birds! There's also a fear-inducing suspended glass platform where you can see Percé in all of its natural beauty.
Chaleur BayJean Belle Isle | Dreamstime
Why You Need To Go: Chaleur Bay got its name from being a locale that is sheltered from wind, creating a microclimate that warms its waters naturally, making it the perfect Quebec destination for swimming.
Visit the Carleton-sur-Mer municipal beach for a long walk before an amazing sunset, or take a boat down the Bonaventure River to see just how clear the water really is!
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.