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What to expect

Gorgeous drives, picturesque towns, historic hikes, phenomenal food and so much more. You'll quickly fall in love with the area and want to come back again and again.

Trip Highlights

A couple great hikes

Multiple photo-worthy moments

Cozy independent cafes & restaurants

Historic towns

Optional snowshoe & skating trails for a winter adventure

Suggested for
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Couples
  • Active Seniors
  • Photographers
Available to depart
This itinerary can be used any day from Spring - Fall. Some stops may be closed Monday - Wednesday but we have recommended lots to do as alternatives!

Itinerary

Stop 1

Start your day by exploring a couple incredible trails that bring you to historically significant spots & a babbling waterfall. Drive time to the second stop is 8 minutes.

Stop 2

This 19th-century town is so charming that you’ll definitely want to return. We’ve recommended our favourite cafes & eateries for you to relax in after your first outdoor adventure. Drive time to the third stop is 10 minutes.

Stop 3

Get your cameras out! This hour-long trail deserves a picture or two. Or, if you’re travelling on a weekend and want to get up close and personal with some furry friends, pre-book a farm experience. Drive time to the fourth stop is 23 minutes.

 

 

Stop 4

End your surprise road trip in a quintessential village. If you want to keep going we’ve suggested a quiet countryside stop or a place to lace up your skates in the winter.

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Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

Add 3-4 hours for time spent at stops.

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Before you go

What You'll Need to Bring

Cash
Ice Skates (Optional)
Reusable shopping bags
Road Trip Snacks
Snowshoes (Optional)
Walking shoes
Water
Additional Details
Kid Friendly
Pet Friendly
Vegan

Frequently Asked Questions

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Please see the approximate driving distances below. Please note this just includes driving distances and not time spent at stops:

• From Ottawa: 1 hour and 37 minutes / 90 km
• From Kana: 2 hours and 9 minutes / 139 km
• From Gloucester: 1 hour and 55 minutes / 112 km
• From Renfrew: 3 hours and 30 minutes / 249 km
• From Merrickville: 3 hours and 15 minutes / 243 km
• From Alexandria: 3 hours and 40 minutes / 294 km

This itinerary can be used any day throughout the year. Some stops may be closed Monday – Wednesday but we have recommended lots to do as alternatives! 

We recommend leaving anytime between 9:30 am – 10:00 am. 

You can bring your pup on Quintessential Québec!

The trip includes patio options for when it’s warm & takeaway that work well for your pet. There will also be at least one dog-friendly activity at each stop. If you bring your furry friend, you will be unable to bring them into any indoor suggestions.

We recommend bringing 2-5 people, or one car-load.

Your First and Third stop cost $13 per vehicle (May-October). Once you have paid at the first stop, keep your pass as you won’t have to pay again later. Your Fourth stop includes optional activities that will require a fee, but we have suggested multiple free things as well.

After booking your trip, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a few recommended accommodation options.