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I'm just beginning to plan a 2 week vacation to include Montreal and Quebec City. I am unsure as to how much time to allocate to each city as I begin to build our itinerary. We will plan a few day trips as well............

Any thoughts on how to allocate the time will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

jj

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We just came back. We spent two days in each place, and thought that was enough time.

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I think Montreal could be a solid 5-6 days, Quebec 3-4 days...

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Having stayed in both locals in the last few years, I agree with the previous poster. You will need at least 5 days to see the major attractions in Montreal. If you stay in QC and walk, you can see most of the attractions in four days. If you want to explore the surrounding area by car, you will need to stay longer.

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Thanks for the rapid response.................what attractions would fill 5 days in Montreal.............and the same for Quebec City?

jj

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For Quebec City, stay in the Old Town, either Upper or Lower town, though most of us recommend Upper as there are more places to stay and a little more activity.

While the Citadel, Petit Champlain, Place Royal, are but a few of the highlights, part of the charm of the city is to take your time, sit at an outdoor cafe with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and simply enjoy the the scenery and people watching. There are plenty of great places to eat also.

Quebec City is very easy to walk, and much of the Old City you can accomplish in 2 days. Just outside the city there are also some great spots, including the idyllic Ile d'Orleans, a beautiful island in the St. Lawrence about 10 miles away which has quaint small towns, specialty shops, farmland and orchards, restaurants and a few wineries. Spend a half day or all day.

Before you even get to the bridge to Ile d'Orleans you will find Montmorency Falls, higher than Niagara, though not nearly as grand, with a tram and visitors center.

A little bit up the road you will also find St. Anne de Beaupre, a bascillica where many have come seeking miracle cures. Well worth the visit.

If you wish to explore the St. Lawrence further about 90 miles north east is Charlevoix country. Beautiful scenery, La Malbaie is a perfect spot to stay and further explore the area. There is also a casino there. And not too far away in Tadousac where you can go whale watching.

We love Montreal as well. I'll let others highlight its attractions, but it is terrific for shopping, museums, great ethnic neighborhoods, history, and especially eatting, as it has become a foodie hotspot.

Your 2 weeks will fly by but to take time to simply sit and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Quebec province.

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Hello jj.

What time of the year are you planning to visit Montreal and Quebec City? Reason I ask is there are some amazing attractions in the summer months in Quebec City that aren't available in the winter. See the below links for more details.

cirquedusoleil.com/en/…show.aspx

quebecregion.com/en/…

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that you click at the Things to Do button located in the light green box at the upper left side on top of this forum. Just remember that Old Québec (Le Vieux-Québec) includes many of the attractions that are also listed separately like Terrasse Dufferin or Place Royale, just lpaces to walk through and take your time looking at the surroundings. But there are full scale attractions located within the boundaries of Old Québec.

As per Mtl vs Qc I would suggest 3 1/2 days in Mtl. That means that on the half day you will travel to Qc, 3 hours by car and around 3h20 by bus or train.

Then In Qc I would also suggest 3 1/2 days for the city itself, for Vieux Québec and the attractions in upper town just outside of the city walls or antique row on Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul streets in Lower Town. If you also want to tour Orléans Island and Montmorency Falls, even Canyon de la Rivière Sainte-Anne and 7 Chutes of the same river then you will add one day. Wanting to get some of the scenery in Charlevoix and take a cruise for whale watching will add one more day. Or you could leave Qc totally, visit Orléans Island and nearby Fall and then head to Charlevoix for 1 or 2 nights..

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What do you wish to include in your trip besides museums, architecture, history: outdoor activities (biking, kayaking, skiing,...)?

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Thanks all for the great information. Busy at the office and couldn't spend time on the trip.......but am back now.

One more question please. Which zodiac trip would you consider the best of these two? We plan to base out of La Malbaie at The Fairmont for that leg of the trip:

Croisières Charlevoix

130, rue du Festival

Saint-Siméon (Québec)

OR

LES ÉCUMEURS DU SAINT-LAURENT

4 Rte 138

Les Escoumins

G0T 1K0

What are the not to be missed things to do in that area?

Thanks again,

jj

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Montreal: bio dome, botanical gardens, festivals, fireworks competitions, neighbor exploration, the underground shops, the Olympic park and observation tower of the city, the waterfront/port area, St. Catherine St., Mont Royal, museums to name a few. You will use the Metro to travel to different parts of the city. It it fast, convenient and safe. You may also rent Bixi bikes.

Quebec City: the festivals, vieux port, the Grand Allee for dining, the Plains of Abraham and tour, the Chateau Frontenac, Petit Champlain, walk the wall of the fortified city, free Cirque du Soliel show under the highway, free Image Mill show by the port, museums, street performances, Place Royal, murals, hourse and buggy rides, observatory with a 360* view of the city, the Citadel to name a few. QC is a walking city, no Metro, you can easily walk 5-10 miles per day. Bring good walking shoes, there are a lot to hills and stairs. The International Fireworks display takes place in Aug. over Montmorency Falls.

Edited: 18 July 2012, 00:49