1. The Chemin du Roy
Few travels taken along the northern side of the Saint-Lawrence River get as historically scenic as this one. While navigation apps will generally send everyone along the Autoroute 40, but following Route 138 instead takes you along a road that dates back to 1737, one that was constructed to connect the two biggest settlements of New France: Montreal and Quebec City. Starting on the old cobblestones of Old Montreal and ending on the cobblestones of Old Quebec, there’s a lot of heritage sites to visit in between (the Quebec Folk Culture Museum and the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières come to mind), as well as rolling countryside views for a breath of fresh air. It’s good for all seasons, as summertime trips yield agritourism at farms and vineyards while winter trips have ice fishing and can end with Winterlude in the province’s capital.
284 kilometers, 1 to 2 days