Quebec Trans-Canada Highway information

Street of old buildings in Montreal

Why Visit Quebec?

La Belle Province oozes old world charm. There are parts of the province that are old and up to 400 years old, including the Port area of Montreal, the fortress and Old Town of Quebec City, and the charming route 132 along the South Shore of the St Lawrence. There are beautiful parks and natural areas for sports and for recreation in the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, and the Gaspe. And did we mention, you get to practice your French?

Here is the route of the Trans-Canada Highway from east to west:

Quebec City's Rue De Tresor The Trans-Canada Highway touches only the most southerly regions of this huge province, but provides a great introduction to the history and culture of the regions along the St. Lawrence River.

From the New Brunswick border, Route 185 links Edmunston, NB to Riviere du-Loup (for English speakers, the "p" should be silent), on the scenic St. Lawrence.

The beautiful Gaspe Peninsula is a significant side-trip to the east, and highly recommended if you've got a few extra days.

From Riviere du Loup, it's a 190 km drive to Quebec City, on Highway 20, all along the south shore of the river ending at Levis, just across the river. If you want to enjoy the charm of French colonial Quebec, get off the highway onto Route 132, to pass through historic villages of La Poctiere, Saint-Jean Port Joli, St-Michelle De Bellechasse, and St-Vallier De Bellechasse.

Montmorency Falls, just northeast of Quebec City If you want to catch a bit of Quebec's rural charm, then take the Riviere du Loup - St Simeon ferry across the Saint Laurence River, and cruise the rustic north shore of the St Lawrence, with a detour onto Ille d'Orlean before heading into Quebec City.

The Trans-Canada highway does not pass through, but rather by, Quebec City. Quebec is the only walled city in North America, perched high on a cliff overlooking the River as it narrows, and its attractions reflect both its French heritage and the relics of British colonialism. The city's Old World charms make it a romantic must-see for travellers along the Trans-Canada.

Quebec's route of the Trans-Canada

Quebec Itineraries & Road Maps along the Trans-Canada:

#417, #40 Ottawa to Montreal #20, Montreal to Quebec City #20, Quebec to Riveiere fu Loup #185 Quebec to Edmunston, NB

Montreal's historic Place Jacques-Cartier and City Hall From Montreal, the Trans-Canada heads northwest, as Route 40 in Quebec and then #417 in Ontario, nuzzling beside the Ottawa River, and then moving inland away from the River. The highway heads toward Ottawa, the nation's capital.

The highway (Route 20) is divided between Levis (south of Quebec) and Montreal -- a distance of 110 km. Montreal benefited as a result of its location at the junction of the mighty St Lawrence and the Ottawa River, both important to the early fur trade. It later in the age of steam becoming the major inland seaport for Canada, and the point where cargoes were transferred to trains to and from Canada's vast interior.

The Museum of Civilization, in Hull across from Ottawa's Parliament Buildings Montreal is a vast metropolis, and is said (by the New York Times) the cheapest way to feel like you're in Europe. The city packages a European sense of style into a North American big city, with great shopping, fine dining, and incredible nightlife.

Montreal By-pass Toll-Route

Recently, Quebec opened Autoroute #30, a southern detour (TOLL) route around Montreal, which allows truckers and those not wishing to stop in Montreal to bypass the city.

History of Quebec Trans-Canada

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Trans-Canada Highway Website Features:

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Quebec Highway Features & Points of Interest

Cities to Visit

Here are some featured Quebec cities & towns along or near the Trans Canada Highway:

Hull-Gatineau Quebec Travel InformationHull-Gatineau Quebec Travel Information

QC: This 64,000 resident community, across the river from Ottawa, is the heart of the Outaouais Region.

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Quebec City, Quebec Travel informationQuebec City, Quebec Travel information

QC: Visit this 400 year old city with a fortress overlooking the mighty St Lawrence

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Montreal, Quebec Travel information Montreal, Quebec Travel information

QC: Visit this charming 400 year old island city in the St Lawrence

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Routes & Itineraries

Here are some featured itineraries of Quebec segments of the Trans Canada Highway:

Quebec: Riviere du Loup, Quebec to Grand Falls, New BrunswickQuebec: Riviere du Loup, Quebec to Grand Falls, New Brunswick

QC: Here is the itinerary for Highway #185 (Quebec) and #2 (NB) from Riviere du Loup, Quebec and Grand Falls, New Brunswick:

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Quebec: between Quebec City-Levis and Riviere du Loup via #20Quebec: between Quebec City-Levis and Riviere du Loup via #20

QC: Here is the itinerary for the 201 km along Highway #20 between Quebec City-Levis and Riviere du Loup: , via Lislet, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Kamourasks

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Quebec: between Montreal and Quebec City-Levis (via Highway #40 |and #20)Quebec: between Montreal and Quebec City-Levis (via Highway #40 |and #20)

QC: Here is the itinerary for the 246 km along Highway #40 |and #20 between Montreal and Quebec City-Levis , via , via Drummondville

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