Being able to say your picture has been printed on a piece of money is a pretty big deal. Just ask the Queen, she's on all of it. But if you can't be printed on a bill, the next best thing is for people to think that you have, like Quebec's "$5 Waterfall" in Mauricie.
The waterfall is actually the Fall of Nine, one of 17 waterfalls of the Batiscan River. This particular waterfall is found in the mid-Batiscanie portion of the river.
You can find it in Parc des Chutes de Monauban in La Mauricie.
The trail that crosses the Park is part of the Sentier Montauban, which is a 17 km segment of the National Trail. It then runs five kilometres further to Mont Otis, boasting the most spectacular viewpoints of La Mauricie.
It got its quirky name from the fact that people thought that it was the waterfall printed on the $5 note back in 1954. It was actually the Otter Falls in Yukon, but the legacy of the $5 Falls continues.
This isn't a waterfall that you can swim in, but you definitely can admire them from the drawbridge.
Other waterfalls in the park are perfect for swimming.
However, the river, itself, runs over 20 kilometres and makes for a great place for white water rafting.
And it's also a great peek into the river and the park that surrounds it.
The waterfall is just upstream of the small village of Notre-Dame-des-Anges home, which is a charming little town to explore after a long day of hiking and exploring.
Even though it may not be the waterfall that was printed on the $5 bill, it still holds a special place in Quebec's heart.
The price of coffees on the way to the falls: $5.
The price of seeing one of the province's most incredible waterfalls: priceless.
Address: Parc des Chutes de Montauban, 100-190 Route du Moulin, Notre-Dame-de-Montauban, QC
Why You Need To Go: To see this incredible waterfall with an awesome story!
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.
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What makes a good hotel stay? Is it waking up to a Danish and a cup of coffee? A dry martini from the lobby bar? Or is it being immersed in a historical experience amidst opulent décor? Quebec City's Auberge Saint-Antoine can give you all of that, and more. TripAdvisor recently published a list of the top 24 hotels in Canada for 2020, and at number four, the auberge topped the list for Quebec.
"We are very flatted and honored," Dagmar Lombard, general manager of Auberge Saint-Antoine, told MTL Blog.
"The awards are determined by discerning travelers from around the world and it is one of the greatest compliments that the guests of Auberge Saint-Antoine can give."
This year TripAdvisor also listed the auberge as the third most romantic hotel in Canada, which was also the highest ranking in the province of Quebec.
"We are thrilled to receive these awards and thank our loyal guests for their continued support," said Lombard.
A few of the province's other top hotels also made the cut including Montreal's Ritz-Carlton (number seven) and Hotel Le Crystal (number eight). For your information, Victoria, B.C.'s Magnolia Hotel & Spa was number one.
But if you're sticking around the province, Auberge Saint-Antoine is the nicest place you can stay as far as TripAdvisor is concerned and it's not very hard to see why.
A member of the Relais & Châteaux association of international luxury hotels, the place contains a number of awesome amenities for all kinds of romance and relaxing.
Its location on Îlot Hunt beneath Old Québec City's fortifications — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — overlooks the Saint Lawrence River, offering breathtaking views.
Then there are the suites, each of which are individually designed to please with heated flooring, a deep-soaking tub, and some of them even have their own terrace.
You can dine at Chez Muffy, a French-Canadian, farm-to-fork-inspired restaurant or head to Bar Artefact for a light meal and a signature cocktail.
But it's the auberge's command of its historical milieu that really sets it apart; this place will transport you all the way back to the tricorn hats and ruffled sleeves of New France.
In many ways, this place is equal parts museum and hotel. Over the centuries, the auberge's colonial buildings have been used as a wharf, a cannon battery, and a warehouse for British merchants.
All guests get a free archeological tour to check out a number of historical artifacts that have been unearthed at the site that offer a snapshot of life back in the day.
The whole enterprise is owned by the Price family, whose roots in the area stretch back hundreds of years.
Definitely worthy of fourth place.
Quebec lives up to its name of la belle province, especially when it comes to the capital. Even though you'll want to stay there forever, there's plenty of things to see and do in Quebec City to make your 48 hour-visit an unforgettable experience. Filled with history, culture, architecture, nature, and cuisine, the city is not just the capital of Quebec, but also of tourism in Canada.
In fact, it was voted the number one destination in the country for five years in a row.
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Whether it's your first time to Quebec City or you've been before, soaking in its unique flair is timelessly entertaining.
Even if you may not have as long as you might like, two days is a great way to introduce yourself to one of the most fascinating cities in North America, if not the world.
The best part? Just about everything in the city's core is accessible on foot.
So the next time you book a weekend in the capital, be sure to cross these activities off your bucket list.
The Grande Allée, a long boulevard that runs parallel to the Plains of Abraham, is a nightlife and food destination. Be sure to stop for lunch at one of the many terrasses.
Address: Rue des Carrières, Quebec City, QC
The walk spans hundreds of metres and offers a great view of the city.
Notre-Dame de Québec
Address: 6, rue de Buade, Quebec City, QC
Montreal has its own beautiful Basilica in Old Montreal, but the one in Quebec City is just as breathtaking. Come for the history and spirituality and stay for the absolute work of art that is the basilica.
Plains of Abraham
Address: Battlefields Park, Quebec City, QC
Anybody who took a Canadian history class is familiar with the Plains of Abrahams and why it's important to Quebec City and all of Canada. For those that need a refresher or those that just love history, you can go see the site for yourself.
From the Plains, you'll get a view of the Citadelle and can wander over to Quebec's ornate Parliament building.
Address: 2490, ave. Royale, Quebec City, QC
Just 15 minutes from the Old City are the Chutes Montmorency, a towering waterfall that makes for a great way to start the morning. There's also the entire park to explore.
Address: 1, côte de la Citadelle, Quebec City, QC
For those looking for even more history in Canada's most historic city, head to the Citadelle, which sits atop the city.
Address: See website for multiple locations
You can't explore a city without trying some of the local treats. Paillard makes incredible pastries that'll make you understand why the French do dessert so well.
Plus the café will give you the total European vibes that you're looking for.
Chez Muffy At Auberge Saint-Antoine
Address: 8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec City, QC
You'll definitely need some breakfast at some point so why not head over to Chez Muffy? Even though Le Château Frontenac is more well-known, Auberge Saint-Antoine is also incredible and its restaurant offers superb Québécois cuisine.
Address: All over the city
You've heard of island-hopping, but what about street-hopping?
Quebec City is home to some of the most beautiful and charming streets in the world, especially throughout Old Quebec and including the famous and dense rue du Petit-Champlain.
Assemblée nationale du Québec
Address: 1045, rue des Parlementaires, Quebec City, QC
No visit to our province's capital is complete without a visit to the parliament building.
In normal times, there are tours of the building and library available to the public. You can also witness parliamentary proceedings.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.
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Quebec City is a pretty amazing place to visit. In fact, we don't wanna brag, but it's the most popular destination in Canada for the fifth year in a row. And whether you've never been before or have already seen it for yourself, if there were ever a time to go, it's now — especially to see Terrasse Dufferin.
While we love showing off la belle province, it can definitely become flooded with tourists.
Especially one of the most iconic spots in the city, Terrasse Dufferin in Old Quebec, with its amazing views of Le Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world and the St. Lawrence River.
Located along a 425 metre-long path and 60 metres above the water, you can guess there are some of the most stunning views in the city.
Did you know that two million people walk along the famous boardwalk every year? That's a whole lot of love for our capital!
And as sad as we are that we can't welcome our international friends like we have in summers past, it gives Quebecers the chance to explore their home like a tourist.
Like so many places in the province, it's great year-round. Yes — even in the winter!
But in the summer, it's an absolute paradise.
Not only is it an incredible walk to see some of the best of the city, and it also makes for a fantastic spot for a picnic as you soak in the history and the aesthetic masterpiece that is Quebec City.
If you thought the terrasse was amazing in the day, just wait for the sun to set over the water and to watch the day turn to nightfall when the city becomes beautifully lit in a way that can only be described as magical.
And, Communications Advisor of Public Relations for Quebec Cité confirmed with MTL Blog that Terrasse Dufferin is, in fact, much less touristy right now.
Yeah, we're pretty lucky to get to live so close to one of the world's most beautiful cities.
So, if you've been thinking of going to see the amazing Terrasse Dufferin and all of Quebec City, now's definitely the perfect time to make the trip.
Living in la belle province, we're at no shortage of picturesque places. And when it comes to bed and breakfasts, there's no exception. And because Quebec is filled with beautiful cities and quaint smaller villages, it can be hard to pick what type of vacation you want. We're here to introduce you to the hotel Manoir Hovey in North Hatley, which has everything you'd dream of for a weekend escape.
Not bad awards, right?
Well, it gets better.
The team at Relais & Chateaux is currently offering a "Town & Country Staycation" package to visit both Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City (the town) and Manoir Hovey (the country) as part of the "Summer of Staycations" promotions.
The two properties are about two and a half hours apart.
According to the package, it's designed to "bring you an all-encompassing Quebec road trip staycation. From the heart of Old Quebec to the Eastern townships of our province, experience all the scenery, charm and history Quebec has to offer."
Auberge Saint-Antoine is perfectly located near Old Quebec, giving you great access to all of the things you'll want to see and do.
Meanwhile, Manoir Hatley, seen just above, is found in a beautiful region near Lake Massawippi, combining natural beauty and luxury.
The package includes a king-sized bed, breakfast for two, welcome gift, picnic basket to enjoy on the properties gardens, nature trails, national parks and more.
Prices start at $350 (before tax) per night for two people.
If that wasn't amazing enough, Auberge, like Manoir Hovey, also won a pretty amazing award.
And it's not hard to see why.
Between the setting, the decor and the service, these two hotels show just what Quebec hospitality is all about.
Ready for your own staycation?
To book use the code: MHASA20 in the special codes field when you click the "Book Now" on the website.