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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2015
Motoski, Sled dog, trekking in snow shoes - Quebec province - Christmas.. where is snow guaranteed?  (3 Answers)

We are planning to spend our Christmas break in Canada (approx 20- 30 December). We will be flying in and out of Montreal. The plan is to spend in total 2-3 days in Montreal and/or Quebec at the beginning / end of the stay and the rest of the stay in a chalet in the snow.
We would like to do outings with sled dogs, motoski, trekking with snow shoes, fishing on iced-over lakes etc etc. We are from Europe so this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us. So we need snow!!

Where would be the places to go for these activities? where are "guaranteed" to get snow in December?
We have been liaising with travel agencies and they have provided some suggestions... areas we have been looking at are Mont Tremblant, Sainte Agathe des Monts, Saint Donat de Montcalm, with also one offer near Fjord du Saguenay.... But is that far enough North?
Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2015
Tipping in Quebec City  (8 Answers)

Is it customary to tip wait staff in restaurants 18 to 20% as in the US? Also, how much for taxi drivers, etc.? Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2014
wine/horse farm  (2 Answers)


I am planning holiday for my family. I would love to see some winery place with tasting wine or horse farm with possibility to ride a horses and get to know a bit more about both topics. The best would be to do it together at one place or close to each other.

My question is do you know about some nice farm winery with hotel in?

Thank you very much for any answer or good tips.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2013
Where do people from Quebec go more often on vacation: Maine or Vermont?  (4 Answers)

I noticed that there is no direct highway from Quebec to Maine, and was wondering if that influences where people from Quebec spend their vacations? Do you ever go to Maine? Or do you go to Vermont instead, since it seems like it is easier to get there? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2013
Itinerary input, please  (5 Answers)


My husband and I will be visiting Quebec September 25-October 5. This is my tentative itinerary, but I'm stuck at the end of it and need assistance:

Sept 25-29 Quebec City

Sept 29 rent car, Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans (night in Ile d'Orleans?)

Sept 30 St. Anne Beaupre, Canyon St. Anne/gorge, Baie St. Paul

Oct 1 Baie St. Paul, Ile aux Coudres, La Malbaie

We want to do a whale watching tour out of Tadoussac, but it leaves about 9am (needing to arrive by 8:15). Should we get up early to make the tour on Oct 2 or drive to Tadoussac, spend the night, then do it the morning of the 3?

After than, I'm stymied. I'd like to do a fjord cruise. Is Route 172 from Tadoussac to Chicoutimi more scenic or would it be better to cross over and go back down 138 to take 170 up?

Also, am I allowing too much or not enough time for the first days? Anything we should see that isn't listed? Too much time in QC?

Thanks in advance for your help & advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2013
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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2013
Montreal Apartment Rental  (1 Answer)

Hi. I'm looking to rent an apartment in Montreal next summer and am wondering what the best neighborhoods are in terms of access to the Metro, dining, shopping, stuff to do, etc? I've seen a couple of nice rentals online but some of them seem like they're kind of out-of-the-way and that's not what we're looking for. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2012
Quebec  (4 Answers)

Hi all!
I intend to visit a part of Quebec in August, I think I will stay 3 or 4 days only. I planned to make a day of canoeing in La Mauricie National Park, visit a bit the city of Quebec as well as part of the Lighthouses Trail. Have you some essential places to recommend me? Do you think this is too just four days?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2012
Montreal and Quebec City with 3yr old  (5 Answers)


We are planning a trip (for about a week) end of June ('12) with a 3 yr old to Montreal and Quebec City. We have been to Vancouver before during summer and we loved it. Heard a lot of good things about Quebec.

We enjoy biking, light to moderate hiking, parks, trying different types of food and generally walking around the city.

I have some questions questions that will help us plan our trip,

(1) Tentatively we are planning to fly in to Montreal, public transport/train to Quebec city and fly out of Quebec city. Thinking of 3 nights in Montreal and 3 nights in Quebec city. Is this a good itenerary and split of days?

(2) We are not planning to rent a car and want to use public transportation or cab. So what would be the best locations in both cities for a hotel stay..closeby or walkable to many attractions

(3) Kid friendly things to do in both cities.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2012
looking for corporate flat in Quebec  (2 Answers)

i am looking for a corporate flat with all furnished immediately in Quebec...Can anyone guide me..........i will be thankful

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2012

Hi am travelling over to east coast of Canada in June after staying with some friends in Vancouver. I have 6 days to spend on the East Coast and would ideally like to see Quebec, Montreal and Toronto (Niagara Falls from Toronto) but don't think I can fit that into 6 days. Can anyone offer suggestion on either how to fit into 6 days or which 2 cities I should choose. Thanks!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2011
Camping in Southern Quebec  (2 Answers)

Bonjour, Quebec!

My husband and I are driving from Ohio through Detroit, and heading through Toronto, maybe to Ottawa, then onward to Montreal and Quebec City. We plan to spend a few days in/around Montreal and a couple days in Quebec City. I'm thinking this trip will take place in September or October.

I would like to camp on a few nights of our trip, first, to save some money, and second, because we have all this great camping stuff we never get to use! Can you please recommend some beautiful places to camp near our route? This is supposed to be a romantic vacation. :) I can't wait to spend it in your province!

(Any other suggestions for "must-dos" in the region or a lovely B&B/hotel for our non-camping nights would also be much appreciated.)

Westerville, OH, USA

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2010
Self Drive Quebec, Nova Scotia  (54 Answers)

Next September we plan to rent a car in Ottawa loop down into Vermont and then spend 2 to 3 weeks driving through Quebec, New Brunswick into Nova Scotia. What sort of weather can we expect in September, we are hoping for Autumn shades? Any suggested places we must see? We are Australians and over 50 but experienced international drivers interested in scenic routes and preferably not expressway travel as we love using backroads.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2010
Joannyle  (12 Answers)

I am tourist from Czech Rep. staying in Montreal for couple months and I would like to know how is the best way to get by bus to the Mont Treblant. I have been looking on internet but did not find any :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2010
Travel with bikes from Quebec City to Montreal  (4 Answers)

Hi, I am driving up to Montreal from Boston. Planning to ride bikes from Montreal to Quebec City. then need to take train, bus or ferry back to Montreal. In checking ViaRail it sounds like you can not take your bike on the Quebec/Montreal train. Does this sound right? Can anyone suggest if Bus or ferry available to bring bikes along?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2010
Fly Fishing - Mont Tremblant area

Hello, we'll be in Mont Tremblant in mid-August. I'm looking for some info or recommendations for my boyfriend - he's an avid fly-fisherman. Does anyone know some local fishing guides or flyshops (phone numbers) for fly fishing info?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2010
4 days travel enough?  (1 Answer)


We are planning our holiday in the first week of July, we will stay 2 days in Quebec city and then we want to travel 4 days in the Quebec region by car.
We start on Sunday morning and go back to the airport on wednesday evening.
We (my husband and I)- we are from Belgium- want to go the first day to Tadoussac and stay there for a night. The next day do the Fjord route and take a firm hike in the Saguenay Nat.Park.
Next day go to the Nat.Park Hautes Gorges for a hike and then go to the isle de coudres and stay there for a night. The last day we go back to Quebec City.
do you think this is all possible or does the travelling takes too much time? We like nature and hiking.
We would be very pleased to get some answers. Thank you so much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2010
Accommodations in May  (4 Answers)

I am taking my husband to Quebec in May for his birthday. We would like to see Old Quebec City and some of the nearby countryside. Can anyone recommend a small inn, b and b or boutique hotel that is a little outside the city, but near to public transportation so we can get to the city without a car, and maybe do some hiking/walking/biking in the country?I'm hoping to find a place on the side west of the city.
Many Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2010
Quebec in June  (4 Answers)

Visiting Montreal and Quebec City June 2 - 9 with some friends. How should we split up the trip? How many days in Montreal and how many days in Quebec? What is the best/cheapest way to get between the 2 cities? Any other suggestions to make the trip the best ever are welcome. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2010
Ski Resort near Quebec City? How to get there?  (2 Answers)

Hi, my friend and I will be traveling to Quebec city in a few weeks. We are interested in some winter activities such as skiing/snowboarding and dog sledding. Mont Sainte Anne seems to be the closest to the city, but I'm having a hard time finding some sort of bus/train/shuttle, etc to the mountain. I considered renting a car, but I'm a little worried about driving on steep/narrow roads.

Is there any way to get to a mountain or ski resort from Quebec city without driving myself?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2010
Border crossing with your own vehicle.  (12 Answers)


If the car you're driving is registered under other's persons name (as in a spouse), do you know what documents should one bring in order to cross the border?

Maybe a marriage certificate?
Or a signed paper approving that the spouse owns the vehicle and it's okay to bring it back and forth?

I am bit confused on this subject.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2010
Searching for Bus Line from Montreal to NY (Albany/Newburgh region) - do you know any?  (2 Answers)


I need some good advice to find out a nice bus line to get from Montreal to let's say, Albany. We needed all the way down to Newburgh, but I think there are more chances to find something connected with Albany. That's me guessing.

So, question here is, do you know a good way to get here from there by bus?

I would love to hear any feedback - Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2009
Public transportation?  (4 Answers)

Hello members,

Good day! I have some questions. My husband and I are going to Montreal for 3 days and Quebec City for 3 days this August. We are going to use our car to go up there. Is it better to use our car while touring by ourselves or leave the car in the hotel and use public transportation? None of us speak and read French and it might be difficult for us to use our car to get around. Lastly, is it okay if we will get our hotel when we get to Montreal or book the hotel in advance. I would really appreciate your answers and thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2009
Riviere Bonaventure August/aout  (1 Answer)

I'm looking for the name of some Outfitters that will rent out canoes for a River Run in August. Thanks you

Je cherche le nom d'une compagnie qui louerait des canoes pour la riviere Bonaventure au mois d'aout. Merci

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2008
Should I Visit Montreal or Quebec?  (7 Answers)

Hey everyone. A few friends and I were thinking about going up to either Montreal or Quebec Around December 17th, and we were going to stay for about 4 days, but we can't decide where. Can anyone offer any suggestions? We're mainly going to have fun and a good time to remember. Good food is a must, and we're looking to stay really, really busy. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2008
Recommend a nice hotel/spa  (1 Answer)

I want to surprise my husband with an anniversary trip to Montreal. Can anyone recommend a nice hotel/spa in Old Montreal? Also, any tips on romantic restaurants (any type of food)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 01, 2008
Quebec over Thanksgiving?  (1 Answer)

I am thinking of visiting Quebec over Thanksgiving for 4 days. Is this a good time to visit Quebec? And is it easy to move around without a car or is it better to rent a car there? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2008
Where to go swimming in Montreal and Quebec City?  (7 Answers)

Where do the locals go swimming in Montreal and Quebec City? I will be traveling there next wknd and would like some suggestions on where to swim. NOT hotel pools or town public pools. What I have in mind are lakes, ponds, or rivers. I will have a car so transportation will not be a problem. Preferably no more than 30-45 mins outside of each city. Lifeguards not necessary.

If you are familiar with Walden Pond in Concord, MA (USA) I would like a place similar to that. Clean water, small beach area, lots of families, couples, friends go there to swim during the summer.

Thank you for your help in advance. :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2008
Trip to Gaspe via NB - help planning route and where to stay, eat, etc.  (5 Answers)

Wonder if you'll help me figure out a route through NB to Gaspe and around through QC.

We're going to drive the southern route. We will bring road bikes and want to break up the trip with days on bikes and hiking days.

Day 1. We thought to break our first days drive in Grand Falls, NB (knowing nothing about it except it's ~5 hrs from where we start). Maybe you have a better idea. I'd love to get out of the car and go biking for a few hours before dinner.
Day 2. Next day we'd drive to Perce, stay overnight to gaze at the view. Is this wise or should we stay elsewhere and just look at the rock on our way -- are there good places for biking in Perce?
Days 3/4. Next day drive to Gaspe for 2 nights, with bike or hike in Forillon.
Days 5/6. Drive to Gite Mont Albert and climb Mt. Jq. Cartier one day and hike somewhere else in the park or bike the next
Day 7. - Drive to ? along the No. Coast. 5 years ago I did this and found an amazing restaurant somewhere between Ste. Anne des Monts and Rimouski -- owned by a Belgian, I believe, who did amazing things with seafood. Love to find that again.
Day 8. - Drive to QC (is this too far?) We've spent time in the Charlevoix, so don't think we'll hit it this time around).
Day 9. Home

We want to stay in simple places, B&Bs OK, good motels, whatever is right and not too expensive. (Gite Mt. Albert is a splurge). We want to find beautiful places to hike and bike, but we're not looking to hump mile after mile.

Any want to know 'don't miss' places for lodging, dining, walking or biking -- or anything else, much appreciate. Merci

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2008
Tent camping in Montreal/Quebec City areas  (2 Answers)

Hi. Thinking about going to Montreal and Quebec City again but would rather go camping than stay in a hotel. Are there any national parks in the areas where I can camp? Any good campgrounds that you recommend? Will need showers, flush toilets preferably (no pit toilets though I can live with it if need be). Thanks in advance for any suggestions. :)

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