Quebec overview for the Trans-Canada Highway
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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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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