3 weeks in Quebec: 20-21 Day Itinerary (First Time Visit)


3 Weeks in Quebec: Which Itinerary for 20, 21 or 22 Days?

You’re planning a 3 weeks trip to Quebec and you’re looking for the best Itinerary?

You’re at the right place!

In order to help you plan your stay, I have prepared this recommended Itinerary for 3 weeks in Quebec. You will discover some of the best places to visit in the “Belle Province”, as locals call it.

Starting in Montreal, you will then visit Mont Tremblant, national parks, the Saguenay fjord, Tadoussac, Gaspésie, Quebec City, and so much more!

For this itinerary, in addition to the best things to do and must-see attractions, I will also give you all my best tips as well as my list of the best accommodations depending on your budget.

So, what are the best things to do in Quebec in 20, 21 or 22 days? Where to stay?

Let’s find out!

1) Montreal (2 days)

To explore Quebec in 20 or 21 days, I recommend you start in Montreal.

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On your first day in Montreal, I recommend strolling around the Old Montreal and Old Port neighborhoods.

You definitely shouldn’t miss:

  • Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Bonsecours Market
  • The Clock Tower Quay where you can take a spin on Canada‘s largest Ferris wheel (book your tickets here)!
  • Jacques-Cartier Square
  • Take a walk along the Saint Lawrence River or a cruise to see the city from a different angle (book here).

If you want to delve deeper into the history of some of these places, you can also book a guided tour of Old Montreal by clicking here!

At noon, head to the restaurant at the Pointe à Callières museum in the Old Port. Expect to pay only $25 for a complete gourmet menu. It’s one of the best in the city, and you’ll get to enjoy the panoramic view. Make sure to book in advance!

In the afternoon, make your way to Mont-Royal Park, a favorite spot for Montrealers to walk or sledge and ice-skate in winter.

Feel free to climb to the Mont-Royal lookout to admire the cityscape. It’s truly a must-see during this three-week trip to Quebec!

In the late afternoon, explore the Plateau Mont-Royal district with its typical houses featuring outdoor metal staircases, and end with a hearty poutine (the national dish!) at La Banquise. It’s the most renowned spot to have a taste.

Stay the night in Montreal.

Montreal Mount Royal view
View of Montreal from the Mount Royal park

The next day, continue your exploration of Montreal.

Here are some things to do and see on this second day:

  • Take an elevator ride to the top of the Olympic Stadium tower and enjoy the view
  • Visit the Biodome in Montreal that recreates American continental ecosystems
  • Stroll through the Montreal Botanical Garden, located near the Biodome
  • Do some shopping on Saint Catherine Street.

Spend another night in Montreal.

You’ll find even more ideas on the best things to see in Montreal, in my article: Best things to do in Montreal!

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To plan your journeys during your Montreal visit, I suggest using the STM website (STM; English: Montreal Transit Corporation).

It calculates the quickest route in real-time. Bus or metro stops, as well as any possible line issues, are indicated, which is super handy. That way, you won’t waste any time on transportation!

Where to stay in Montreal

  • M Montreal: A youth hostel just a 5-minute walk away from Berri Uquam metro station on Sainte Catherine street. You can grab a bed in a modern, cozy dorm for just 25€ a night, breakfast included. You can also book a double room if you prefer. Strong points: Super friendly staff, modern facilities, basement bar with occasional live performances. A fantastic choice for budget-friendly accommodations in Montreal!
  • Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal: Located in the bustling Quartier des Spectacles. You can book a warm, spacious double room starting from €150 per night. Strong points: Perfect location for exploring Montreal, clean and comfy beds.
  • Le Dauphin Montréal Centre-Ville:: Just 200 meters away from the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal and a 5-minute walk from the Old Port. Double rooms starting from €170, breakfast included. Strong points: Great location, spacious rooms, and large beds.
  • Le Petit Hotel Montreal:: Located in the historical center of Montreal. Rooms with character (think stone walls and exposed brick) starting from €250, breakfast included. Strong points: Excellent service, a delicious breakfast, and the charming ambiance of the hotel.
  • Le St-Martin Hotel Centre-ville – Hotel Particulier:: Just 50 meters away from Saint Catherine West Street. Stylish, cozy double rooms starting from €290. Strong points: An enchanting pool with waterfalls and jets, delightful staff, prime location, and comfort. My recommendation for a high-end stay in Montreal!
  • Hôtel Birks Montréal: Located in the city center, this 5-star hotel offers beautifully decorated rooms starting from €500, with breakfast at an additional €19. Strong points: Prime location, beautiful architecture, friendly staff, and a luxurious spa. The best hotel in Montreal for a luxury stay!
Montreal by night

2) Mont-Tremblant (1 day)

Kick start this 3-week road trip in Quebec by leaving the hustle and bustle of Montreal and heading towards the breathtaking Mont-Tremblant.

Expect to be on the road for about 1.5 hours.

Mont-Tremblant is renowned in Canada for boasting the most vivid autumn colors.

Having had the fortune of experiencing it first-hand, I assure you it’s worth every bit of the hype! Trees dressed in warm hues ranging from yellow to fiery red reflect in the lake… It’s simply stunning!

In case you fancy a bird’s eye view of this spectacle, helicopter tours are offered over Mont-Tremblant. Click here for more details!

And don’t fret if you plan to visit Mont-Tremblant during winter or summer. With plenty of hiking, water activities, a 4km zip line descent and skiing, there’s never a dull moment.

In winter, I highly recommend an indispensable Canadian circuit activity: snowmobiling!

Just hit the button below to find out more and book your adventure:

Spend a restful night at Mont-Tremblant.

Where to stay in Mont-Tremblant

  • Auberge Manitonga Mont-Tremblant: This cozy youth hostel is only a 5-minute drive from Mont-Tremblant village and a 10-minute bus ride. Dormitory bed from €30 per night. Strong points: Great value for money, nearby lake, warm welcome, and pleasant surroundings. A fantastic budget-friendly choice in Mont-Tremblant!
  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Mont Tremblant: Located a 5-minute drive from the village center. Spacious and inviting double rooms from €100 per night, including breakfast. Strong points: Indoor pool, room size and comfort, free parking, friendly staff. It’s my favorite for its value for money in Mont-Tremblant!
  • Château Beauvallon: Situated 10 min away from Mont-Tremblant. Well-equipped suite with balcony and kitchenette from €125 per night. Strong points: Indoor and heated outdoor pools, tranquility, shuttle service to Mont-Tremblant.
  • Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant: This hotel is located on the shores of Lake Ouimet.
    Comfortable and spacious double rooms from €170 per night, breakfast at €17. Strong points: Stunning lake views, location, indoor pool, spa, the all-wood hotel style with fireplace in the rooms.
  • Fairmont Tremblant Hotel: This luxury hotel is nestled at the foot of Mont-Tremblant, right next door to the pedestrian village. Comfy double rooms starting at €300 per night, with breakfast for €30. Strong points: all the perks of a 5*, the location, heated pools, top-notch service, stunning facilities. The best hotel in Mont-Tremblant for a luxury stay!
The Canadian autumn in Mont-Tremblant

3) La Mauricie National Park (2 days)

For this third step of your three-week itinerary in Quebec, I recommend you check out La Mauricie National Park (Parc national de la Mauricie) for 2 days.

Your journey will take all morning from Mont-Tremblant, that’s roughly a 3-hour ride.

In the afternoon, kick back and stretch your legs with a stroll to feast your eyes on the stunning natural scenery.

In the summer, you can go canoeing on one of the lakes or take a more strenuous hike. Winter time, slap on your skis or snowshoes for the active version, or opt for a sled dog or snowmobile ride.

A heap of activities that are quintessentially Canadian!

The next day, why not go for the park’s most famous outing, the Waber Falls trip? Getting to the falls takes a bit of elbow grease, you’ll first have to canoe 4 km then walk another 4 km to get there (and the same thing on the way back!). Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Staying at La Mauricie National Park

For camping enthusiasts, the park offers large equipped tents both in winter (wood stove) and summer. Common areas are available for cooking and cleaning up. You’ll find more info right here.

And for those who prefer a bit more comfort, here are the best accommodations near the park.

  • Trapper’s Inn Refuge: Located at the park’s entrance. Double room from €80. Strong points: location, warm welcome.
  • Gîte aux Traditions: Located on the main street of St-Jean des Piles, just 5km from the park. Double room from €85 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: location, lovely hosts, hearty and delicious homemade breakfast, tips for activities in the park.
  • Hotel Marineau Shawinigan: Located 15 km from the national park. Double room from €85, breakfast included. Strong points: cleanliness, comfy beds, good breakfast.
  • Auberge motel drakkar: Located in Shawinigan. Spacious double room from €100 per night. Strong points: good breakfast, welcoming owner, quietness.
Waber Falls La Mauricie National Park
The Waber Falls in La Mauricie National Park

4) Lac Saint-Jean (1 day)

We continue this three-week Quebec journey with another step: Lac Saint-Jean. “Lac” means lake in French-Quebecois, in case you haven’t caught on yet!

Here too, the 3h45 ride will take up your morning, but you’ll hardly notice the time passing while soaking up the beautiful landscapes.

As for your afternoon agenda, it all depends on what tickles your fancy.

If you’re spending your Quebec holiday with the family, I recommend you visit the Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien. During the small caged train ride, you’ll be the ones “in the cage” while the animals roam free. It’s the best way to see the zoo’s bison, moose, bears, or wolves. If you have kids, you can’t go wrong with this one!

For zoo hours and prices, check out the official website.

Prefer history and want to learn about Quebec’s indigenous nations? Then head over to the Native museum in Mashteuiatsh by the lake.

Information is also available on the official website.

Third option: the historic village of Val-Jabert, a genuine reconstruction of a 1920s Quebec village with its shops and historic buildings.

More details on the official website.

Another option: go for something a bit more off-the-beaten-track with:

Spend the night in one of the hotels I recommend below, on the shores of the lake.

Staying at Lac St-Jean

  • Auberge Lac Saint-Jean: Located on the shores of the lake, a 12-minute walk from the beach. Dormitory bed from €20 per night. Strong points: tranquil location, very pleasant and clean communal area, comfortable bed.
  • Maison Zacharie: Located in Desbiens, by the lake. Large comfortable double room from €55 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: homely welcome, very beautiful area, good breakfast, a quiet and comfortable establishment.
  • Motel L’Avantage: Located by the lake, about 8 km from the historic village of Val-Jalbert. Basic but clean double room from €65 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: access to a private beach, superb lake view, very friendly welcome.
  • Chalets et Spa Lac St-Jean: A 6-minute drive from the historic village and 40 minutes from the zoo. Cozy fully equipped loft with kitchenette and terrace from €100 per night. Strong points: nice view, large apartment, direct access to the beach, geographical location. It’s my favorite for its excellent value for money!
  • Hotel historique de Val-Jalbert: Located in Chambord in a completely renovated 1920s building. Modern, comfortable and cozy double room from €200 per night, breakfast included and you can even enjoy dinner for that price! Access to the historic village is also included. Strong points: the ambiance, activities offered, welcoming staff, excellent restaurant, room decor. The best choice for a high-end hotel in Lac Saint-Jean.


Historic village Val-Jalbert
Historic village Val-Jalbert

5) Fjord-du-Saguenay (2 days)

Today, we continue this three-week Quebec tour by heading to Fjord-du-Saguenay, about 2 hours drive from Lac Saint-Jean.

On this side too, you won’t be disappointed by the stunning landscapes. To fully enjoy the fjord’s activities, I recommend staying 2 days.

Arrange your schedule so you definitely don’t miss:

  • The village of L’Anse Saint-Jean, which can boast of being one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec. This village stands out as it is the only one situated right on the edge of the fjord, offering a unique and picturesque view.
  • The village of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, nestled in a valley surrounded by majestic mountains, adding to its picturesque allure.

During these 2 days, it would be a shame not to take the opportunity to go for at least one hike. The most famous for its viewpoints is that of the Sentier de la Statue (about 7 km round trip).

The fjord can also be admired from the water. For this, choose a boat cruise or a sea kayak outing (book here!). If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot whales or belugas.

For a more winter-themed program, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, including:

Staying at the Saguenay fjord

  • Auberge du dimanche: The establishment is located in the town of Rivière-Éternité, very close to the fjord. Nice and spacious double room starting from €70 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the setting and the tranquility, comfortable bedding, impeccable cleanliness. It’s my favorite for its value for money, I really recommend you stay 2 nights.
  • Chalets sur le Fjord: Located in l’Anse Saint-Jean, ranked among the most beautiful villages in Quebec. Apartment or studio with kitchenette from €80 per night. Strong points: the magnificent setting with a view of the fjord, the comfortable and modern apartments, the hot tub.
  • Lodge des Bois: Located in Saint-Félix-d’Otis, by the lake. Cabin in the middle of the forest with private access to the lake. The lodge is fully equipped, the decor is modern, and it has a terrace and a barbecue. The place is very quiet and the view is magnificent. From €100 per night + €30 for cleaning. I highly recommend it for a stay immersed in the heart of Canadian nature! Don’t hesitate for long, there’s only one!
  • Le 30 de Vébron: Apartment located in the pretty village of l’Anse Saint-Jean. This 250m² apartment can accommodate up to 7 people for €160 per night. It’s well equipped, very beautiful, and located in a pleasant setting. It’s ideal if you’re traveling with family or for a group of friends.

6) Tadoussac (1 day)

On this sixth leg of our epic three-week Quebec trip, get ready for something truly extraordinary! It’s time to get up-close-and-personal with some whales!

Your whale-watching cruise will set sail from Tadoussac, a quick two-hour drive from the town of Fjord-du-Saguenay. Tadoussac Bay is one of the 50 most beautiful bays in the world, and it’s also a renowned spot for whale watching.

There are several options for your whale-watching cruise, depending on how long you want to be on the water or the type of boat you fancy. In any case, it’s best to book your sea excursion in advance because this is the most touristy activity in the region.

If you’re looking for a cruise on a large ship, tickets can be booked directly by clicking on the button below. This cruise lasts around 3 hours and also includes a tour of the fjord, which is pretty cool if you didn’t get a chance to do it in the previous two days.

Another option I’d recommend is an excursion on a zodiac. This thrilling adventure lasts 2.5 hours and includes a trip through the fjord. Major perks: You’ll be in a small group and you can get super close to the whales.

Book your ticket in advance right here:

Passez la nuit à Tadoussac.

Where to stay in Tadoussac

  • Motel de l’Anse à l’Eau: Located in Tadoussac. Double rooms from €100 per night. Strong points: location, friendly staff, free parking, cleanliness.
  • Hotel le Beluga: Located in Tadoussac. Spacious and bright double room starting from €130 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: geographical location, friendly staff, comfortable rooms, hearty and delicious breakfast.
  • Auberge la Tanière: Located 8km from Tadoussac, on the shores of Lac Boulanger. Warm and comfortable double room starting from €150 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: the superb view, tranquility, location, excellent reception.
  • Hotel Tadoussac: The hotel overlooks Tadoussac bay and the Saguenay fjord. Double room starting from €160 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: watch whales while you have breakfast, the splendid setting, location, outdoor pool.
Whale watching

7) Gaspésie National Park (3 days)

Next up in your three-week Quebec road trip, we have another gem: Gaspésie National Park or “Parc national de la Gaspésie”.

From Tadoussac, head north to the village of Les Escoumins, about a 30-minute drive. From there, you’ll take the ferry to Trois-Pistoles on the other side of the Saint Lawrence. Expect to pay about $22 per person for a 90-minute crossing.

You can find ferry schedules and rates for the Les Escoumins – Trois Pistoles crossing on this website. It’s way more convenient to book in advance.

Once you disembark, you’ll need another good 3 hours to reach the national park.
But as ferry departures are generally pretty early in the morning, you should arrive at the park by mid-afternoon.

The main reason people come here is to hike, and that’s the program I recommend for the afternoon and the next two days. Whether you’re with family or friends, and no matter your fitness level, you’ll find trails that suit you.

Between hikes, you can also go canoeing or try your hand at fishing. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing or even try ice climbing!

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On the official park website you’ll find a trail map that’s really handy. It shows the starting point, length, and average duration of the trail, as well as the degree of difficulty. Don’t hesitate to check it out when planning your visit.

Where to stay in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

  • Motel Manoir sur Mer: Located in Sainte-Anne, right by the Saint-Laurent River. Spacious and comfortable double rooms starting from €90 per night. Strong points: the riverside location and direct access to it from the terrace, the view.
  • Auberge Seigneurie des Monts: Located in Sainte-Anne, 20 minutes from Gaspésie National Park. Cozy double rooms with comfortable bedding starting from €110 per night. Strong points: warm welcome, tasty breakfast, river views.
  • Hôtel & Cie: Centrally located. Spacious and very comfortable rooms from €110 per night. Strong points: location for visiting the national park, super comfy beds, good hotel restaurant.
  • Gîte du Mont-Albert – Sepaq: Located right inside the national park. Very spacious, well-appointed double rooms starting from €150 per night. Strong points: mountain location, right in the heart of the park, overall hotel ambiance, peace and quiet, swimming pool, sauna. It’s our favorite for its geographical location!
Gaspésie National Park
Gaspésie National Park

8) Percé (2 days)

For this leg of your 3-week Quebec itinerary, let’s head over to the easternmost point of the Gaspé Peninsula: Percé.

But before you get there, make sure you stop at Forillon National Park (Parc national de Forillon as the locals say). From Gaspésie National Park, be sure to embark on Route 132, known as one of the most stunning scenic roads in Quebec. Everywhere you turn, the landscapes are absolutely breathtaking!

It’ll take you around 2 hours and 40 minutes by car, a bit longer with photo stops.

The park is famous for its steep cliffs sculpted by erosion. I recommend going through Cap-des-Rosiers and reaching Cap-Bon-Ami to admire them. From there, you can hike up to Grande-Cave and cover part of the cape on foot.

In the late afternoon, get back on Route 132 and head to Percé (about a 1-hour and 10-minute drive).

Percé is known for its “Rocher Percé” (litteraly pierced rock) or Percé Rock, an iconic landmark of Quebec and Gaspésie, which you’ll spot from numerous places in the village. And what’s even better is that many of the hotels I recommend provide direct views of this natural wonder.

Spend the night in Percé.

The next day, make sure to stay in Percé so you can experience the beauty of Bonaventure Island, which is home to a significant colony of northern gannets. The best way to observe them closely is by taking a cruise

You can also explore the island on foot for a leisurely stroll. Four distinct trails (covering a total of 15 km) provide opportunities to explore and observe the northern gannets up close.

Spend a second night in Percé.

Where to stay in Percé

  • Au pic de l’Aurore Motel-Chalets: Located in Percé, with views of the pierced rock. Room or fully equipped cottage with kitchenette starting from €75. Strong points: the sea view, barbecues and picnic tables provided, the tranquillity.
  • Hôtel Le Mirage: Located in Percé. Spacious room with stunning views of the rock from €100. Strong points: the setting, the surrounding landscape, the pool, the peace and the excellent breakfast.
  • Hotel Les Trois Soeurs: Hotel located on the shores of the Golfe du Saint-Laurent (Gulf of St. Lawrence). Chambre spacieuse et claire avec vue sur la mer à partir de 100€. Strong points: direct access to the beach, outdoor facilities, ideal location for the Bonaventure Island ferry, excellent restaurant. My favorite for its value for money!
  • Hôtel La Côte Surprise: Located just outside Percé. Double room with large bay window and panoramic view of the local wonder from 130€. Strong points: calm, comfortable beds, location.
Gaspé Peninsula Quebec
The breathtaking Gaspé peninsula

9) Chaleur Bay (1 day)

Next day on our whimsical three-week journey through Quebec, we’re headed a little further south in Gaspésie, still following Route 132.

After approximately 2.5 hours of driving, you’ll reach the scenic area known as “Baie des chaleurs” (Chaleur Bay, in case it wasn’t obvious) starting from the village of Saint-Godefroi and extending through the villages of Hope, Bonaventure, New Richmond, Carleton-sur-Mer all the way to Escuminac and Pointe-à-la-Croix.

Considering your next day’s itinerary, I’d suggest you stop around Carleton-sur-Mer for the night (hence my hotel picks).

Chaleur Bay, derived from the French “Baie des chaleurs” meaning “bay of warmth”, earned its name from its microclimate which makes it a popular seaside resort with long beaches. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the seaside resort of Carleton, the beach, and water activities.

Several hiking trails also lead to lookouts offering panoramic views over the entire bay. You’ll get the best views from the top of Mount Saint-Joseph and Mount Carleton.

Where to stay near Chaleur Bay:

  • Hostellerie Baie Bleue: Located in Carleton, on the shores of Chaleur Bay. Well-equipped room with comfy bedding starting at €80. Strong points: the pool, the private beach, the view.
  • Motel L’Abri: Located in Carleton-sur-Mer. Comfortable, clean rooms with kitchen or kitchenette starting at €110. Strong points: friendly welcome, comfort, proximity to the sea, and ability to cook your own meals.
  • Manoir Belle Plage: Located in Carleton, overlooking Chaleur Bay. Very spacious and cozy rooms starting at €150. Strong points: hot tub in some rooms, very helpful staff, views of the mountains or the sea.
Chaleur Bay
Chaleur Bay

10) Bic National Park (2 days)

Today, a good part of your morning will be spent on the drive to Bic Park or “Parc national du Bic”, the next stop on your 3-week Quebec itinerary!

From Carleton, once again, all you have to do is take Route 132 to get to the park’s entrance. If you’ve been following the various stages of this recommended Quebec itinerary, you’ll have traveled the entire Route 132 and enjoyed its exceptional landscapes!

Here are some activity ideas and things to do in Bic National Park for the afternoon and the following day:

  • Hiking on the 25 km of trails
  • Cycling: 15 km of bike paths to explore
  • Kayaking
  • Wildlife spotting, especially seals
  • In winter: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing, fat biking

Feel free to check the official park website for details on trails and activities.

Where to stay in Bic National Park:

  • Motel du Bic: Located 900 meters from the park entrance. Comfortable and pleasant rooms starting at €80. Strong points: the homemade bread for breakfast and homemade pizzas in the evening, the cleanliness and the owners’ welcome.
  • Gîte chez Rosemarie: This B&B offers rooms from €90, breakfast included. Strong points: excellent breakfast, owner’s friendliness, the view.
  • L’Auberge du Mange Grenouille: Just a 2-min drive from Bic National Park. Unique and colorful rooms, with sea or garden view, from €90. Strong points: the hotel’s original setting, the hot tub, the gourmet cuisine served at the restaurant.
Bic National Park
Bic National Park

11) Quebec City (3 days)

Who could resist visiting Quebec City when on a 3-week Quebec expedition? Quebec City is absolutely worth a few days of your time!

From Bic National Park, you’ll need about 3 hours to reach Quebec City. Since the city lies across the Saint Lawrence River, you’ll catch the ferry at Levis to get to Quebec City.

The crossing provides the perfect chance to feast your eyes on the stunning Quebec skyline and get your first taste of the city.

In the afternoon, wander the quaint streets lined with shops in the Petit-Champlain district, and make your way to Place Royale and it’s intriguing Fresque des Québécois. Then, climb up to the upper part of the city (on foot or by funicular) to swing by Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame and reach the Dufferin Terrace.

It’s a prime opportunity to behold Quebec’s iconic hotel: the Chateau Frontenac. You can book a guided tour of the castle’s interior by clicking here, but who knows? Maybe you’ll even have the fortune to stay overnight!

Spend a night in Quebec City.

On the next day, continue your 20-21 day Quebec journey with another city walk:

  • Discover the Citadel of Quebec
  • Stroll through the Plains of Abraham
  • Visit the Parliament building
  • Head up to the Observatoire de la Capitale

In the afternoon, I’d suggest hopping back in your car and driving to Montmorency Falls, just a quick 15-minute ride away. Taller than Niagara Falls, it offers a jaw-dropping spectacle, whether in summer or winter when it’s partially frozen.

Don’t forget to book your cable car ticket in advance to get to the top of the falls if you’d rather not wait in line:

Spend another night in Quebec City.

Quebec City

And for your third day in Quebec, why not venture out and explore the surrounding area.

You could, for instance, head to Island of Orleans, north of Quebec City, in just 15 minutes by car. Tour the island and discover the picturesque Quebec countryside and charming rural villages along the way.

If you’re journeying through Quebec for 3 weeks with your kids, another option is to take them to Village Vacances Valcartier. In winter, it’s the largest fun center in North America.

Both you and your kids can enjoy the 35 snow slides, the skating trails, and try out snow rafting. There’s also a large indoor water park with wave pools and water slides.

To book your day at Valcartier, just click on the green button below:

In the summer, the huge outdoor water park awaits with pools, slides, and tubes…

If you choose this option, you could take advantage and stay at the Valcartier hotel, rather than heading back to Quebec City for the last night.

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Depending on your interests, there are also plenty of great activities you can try out around Quebec City (click on the links for details):

For all the best tips on what to do and see in Quebec City and its surrounding areas, don’t miss my article: The best things to do in Quebec City!

Where to stay in Quebec City

  • Quebec City International Hostel: This hostel is located in Old Quebec. Dormitory beds from €27. Strong points: the location, the cleanliness. The best choice for budget accommodation in Quebec City!
  • Hotel Manoir Vieux-Quebec: Situated right next to the Château Frontenac. Modern and comfortable double room starting at 130€ per night. Strong points: the location, the view from the terrace, the comfy beds.
  • Hotel Port-Royal: Located in Old Quebec. Double room equipped with a kitchenette starting from 170€. Strong points: the location for exploring Quebec City on foot, the friendly staff.
  • Hotel Clarendon: Also located in Old Quebec, you’ll stay in a 19th-century building. Cosy double room from €170, breakfast for €22. Strong points: the very comfortable beds, the central location, the views from certain rooms.
  • Le Capitole Hotel: Located in Old Quebec. Superb tastefully decorated room starting from €290 per night. Strong points: the warm staff, the great location, the quality of service, the rooftop pool, the excellent breakfast. Our recommendation for a high-end stay in Quebec City!
  • Château Frontenac: Why not spend a night in the world’s most photographed hotel? A unique experience and the chance to enjoy all the services and comforts of a luxury hotel: spa, pool, gourmet restaurants. A great way to treat yourself in Quebec, after all, it’s not every day you get to sleep at Château Frontenac!
The Château Frontenac
Château Frontenac

12) Return to Montreal (1 day)

And now, you’ve reached the last stretch of your epic Quebec road trip, which unfortunately means it’s time to head back to Montreal.

From Quebec City, a 3-hour drive will bring you back to Montreal. Depending on your flight schedule or if you’ve got an extra day, you can squeeze in some more exploration of Montreal before you head out.

For instance, you could visit the Atwater Market by the Lachine Canal or explore Parc Jean-Drapeau.

For more sightseeing ideas in Montreal, you can find them in my article: Best things to do in Montreal!

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Is your Quebec vacation 20 days long? No worries, you can easily skip a day from Quebec City or Gaspésie National Park.

For a 22-day itinerary in Quebec, feel free to extend a day at any stage. If you’re a city lover, you might consider dedicating additional day to explore Montreal. And if nature’s more your style, add a day in one of the national parks.

Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and suggestions on my 20-21-22 day Quebec itinerary!

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Quebec 3 weeks itinerary
Quebec 3 weeks itinerary

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