Canada has a special place in my heart as it was my first international destination traveling by myself. I have always wanted to come back and explore more this wonderful country. There is no better way to start our trip to Quebec City than exploring the wealth of the Nord Cote Region countryside of this beautiful province. In this guide we share an itinerary for the perfect road trip across the expansive French province of Quebec, from Quebec City to the Nord Cote Region.
I was lucky enough to be part of a trip that took us to the the Nord Cote region visiting Sacré-Coeur and Tadoussac. The Nord Cote region is a 3-hours drive north of Quebec City, along the Saint Lawrence River. We spent three full days enjoying the breathtaking countryside.
I have come up with the ultimate itinerary for a road trip from Quebec City up north the to Nord Cote region that will connect you again with nature and yourself.
Road Trip Map from Quebec City to the Nord Cote Region:
Traveling to the Cote Nord in Quebec Travel Video:
The Complete Quebec Road Trip itinerary:
Day 1: From Quebec City to Sacre-Cour
The best way to start your journey to the country side is by either renting a car or hiring a limo service that takes you to the Nord Cote region. The drive is about 3 hours direct, but we made several stops along the way.
The first stop is right outside of the heart of the historic Quebec City. Only 12 km from where we began is the Montmorency Falls. These falls are taller but narrower than Niagara Falls. After enjoying the falls we continued north along the beautiful scenic drive. We made several stops along the St. Laurence for some pictures before taking the ferry across the Saguenay River to the small town of Tadoussac.
We arrived at our accommodations for the night at Ferme 5 étoiles farm in the afternoon for a delicious dinner. At the farm there is plenty of open space enjoy the outdoors with their farm and rescued animals.
Day 2: Fun day at the Ferme 5 étoiles Farm
The next day we woke up early in the morning with a fresh and delicious breakfast. We then had the opportunity to feed the animals at the farm. It is an amazing experience as you learn more about the animals and how they got there. After feeding the animals, we had a encounter with the rescued wolves, an exciting and unique experience.
The rest of the day you can can go on an ATV excursion along the trails through the forest and mountains to see breathtaking views of the Saguenay Fjord or just go for a walk along the nearby Fjord.
Day 3: Exploring Tadoussac and whale watching
Last day in the region we headed back to the Tadoussac Village. Here we did an easy hike along the Pointe L’Islet trail. It is a beautiful hike with stunning viewpoints and during the summer it is a great spot to see the whales.
After the hike we took a Zodiac excursion in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine park for whale watching. This tour lasts around 2.5 hours and you get to see beautiful waterfalls, rock formations, sea lions, whales and the iconic light house.
After your adventure at sea we strongly recommend visiting the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre to understand a little bit more of the marine life in the area.
After a full day of activities we had dinner at the La Galouïne Restaurant in Tadoussac. You can either head back to Quebec City in the late evening or stay overnight at La Galouïne Inn and head south in the morning.