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A Road Trip Down Quebec's New France Route Is The Perfect Way To End Your Summer

We made a list of the important things to stop and see along 57-kilometre route!
A Road Trip Down Quebec's New France Route Is The Perfect Way To End Your Summer

Aside from breathtaking nature and incredible culture, Quebec is filled with an amazing history. Not everyone was the best in history class, myself included, but the one place that I always remembered was New France. Now you can take an amazing Quebec road trip through this historic part of the province to really bring history to life (and don't worry — there's no quiz at the end!)

Starting in Quebec City, this 57-kilometre route takes less than a day to complete.

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It's perfect for those that want to break it up and make a weekend of it, or who want to spend just the day driving, giving them more time to explore the province's capital.

And if you didn't think it was historical enough, this exact route was mapped out by Monseigneur de Laval and was actually used by the people of Côte-de-Beaupré to transport food supplies to Quebec City. How cool is that?

Driving along Route 360 on the banks of the St. Lawrence, you'll come across some amazing spots. Here's a list of some of the places you'll discover through La Route de la Nouvelle France.

Domaine de Maizerets 

Address: 2000, blvd. Montmorency, Quebec City, QC

This 27-hectare park offers walking trails, gardens and beautiful buildings. Tours are offered or you can explore the grounds at your leisure.

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Maison Girardin 

Address: 600, ave. Royale, Quebec City, QC

This former family home dates all the way back to the 1800s and includes many characteristics of classic architecture.

Run by the Société d'art et d'histoire de Beauport, it serves as a monument to the craftspeople who have contributed to Beauport

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Parc Chutes Montmorency

Address: 5300, blvd. Sainte-Anne, Quebec City, QC

One of the most popular sites on the route, and in Quebec in general, is Montmorency Falls Park. Did you know that it's 83 metres tall, making it a full 30 metres taller than Niagara Falls?

Auberge Baker 

Address: 8790, ave. Royale, Château-Richer, QC

This adorable inn has proudly sat on the Côte-de-Beaupré for 170 years. Spend the night or stop for a traditional Québecois lunch to experience the charm and history.

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Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area 

Address: 570, Chemin du Cap Tourmente, Saint-Joachim, QC

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is one of Quebec's most prized possessions. With over 180 bird-species, 30 mammal species and 700 plant species, this protected area will bring a whole new meaning to the beauty of Quebec.

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Chez Marie 

Address: 8706, ave. Royale, Château-Richer, QC

* Only Thursday – Sunday.

What's a road trip without some snacks? Marie and her fourth-generation make bread in a 150-year old oven, with the Holmstead, itself dating back to 1652.

Stop by the bakery for a taste of their amazing bread and jam and for a taste of life way back when.

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Vignoble Domaine l'Ange Gardien 

Address: 6869, ave. Royale, L'ange-Gardien, QC

Nothing better than relaxing after a long day of exploring than with a nice glass of wine. Remember to drink responsibly — this is a road trip, after all.

Explore the stunning vineyard and head inside to sample and buy some purchase wine, ice cider and berry liqueurs.

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See you in New France!

New France Route, Quebec

Distance: 57 kilometres long

Total time: Less than a day

Why You Need To Go: To give yourself a whole new appreciation for those old days in history class!

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