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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 9y

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Saguenay/Quebec city, off the beaten path

I am spending the first half of October in the Quebec countryside (including Quebec city). I have several days to seek out not-to miss opportunities. Please share your favourite hints according to the following interest criteria. Thanks.

-memorable/dramatic scenery & landscape photography. Where do I find the best (viewpoints, panoramas, skylines, sunsets, etc..)?
-fall foliage (natural wonders), the outdoors, hikes/hilltops/lookouts, and amazing views...
-lovely/charming streets, and magnificent architecture
-non-typical, interesting, and special experiences (full of original character), and unique only to the local area. The best authentic local experiences/most unforgettable travel experiences.
-specialty/unique local cuisine
-and the best free things to do there...

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Hi Sandy!

I went out to the Saguenay for the first time about a month ago, and I'm headed to Quebec City for about the 20th time next week. You've picked a great time to visit!

- memorable/dramatic scenery & landscape photography. Where do I find the best (viewpoints, panoramas, skylines, sunsets, etc..)?

  • In Quebec City, eveything around Château Frontenac is beautiful - Dufferin Terrace, Petit Champlain, the Citadel. Just walk into the walled section and walk aound. You can also go across to Île d'Orleans to see a slice of the past (better if you have a car, though), plus head down the road to Montmorency Falls. In the Saguenay, everything is beautiful. Drive long the water and you can stop every half hour for an even more beautiful view.

-fall foliage (natural wonders), the outdoors, hikes/hilltops/lookouts, and amazing views...

  • Driving to the Saguaney will do it. It's a pretty densely forested place - you'll be surrounded by trees, no matter where you go.


-lovely/charming streets, and magnificent architecture

  • Old Quebec (in the walled section) is your best bet. Ask for a map at a tourist office and it'll show you the best places to visit. Quebec City is very catered to tourists.

-non-typical, interesting, and special experiences (full of original character), and unique only to the local area. The best authentic local experiences/most unforgettable travel experiences.

  • We always stop at a little bar/restaurant called Pape Georges in Quebec City. They have great Quebec beer and pâté made with maple syrup. Again, try Île d'Orleans to see the old houses and farms - they hae lots of little kiosks selling locally grown produce, too. For a fantastic (albeit expensive) meal in Quebec City, try the LiliRaphaël (I think it's called...?) - truly devine. As for the Saguenay, get tickets for a whaling expedition in Baie-St-Catherine (I missed the boat last time around but will be taking a Zodiac boat ride in a week!). Or take a kayak trip from Anse-Saint-Jean.

-specialty/unique local cuisine

  • See above - but you can almost not go wrong!

-and the best free things to do there...

  • Walk, walk, walk - there's so much to see.

Since I just got back from the Saguenay, you can take a look at my blog of the mini trip. It may give you some more ideas. Have fun!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Hi sandy456, I notice a lot of your posts are in the similar style all asking for help and tips but in the area you seem to live in. Are you writing some kind of travel guide using these forums as a source? Curious! Also, a quick thank you or follow up is generally appreciated by helping members, especially if they put their time and effort into a well researched answer (like tway's)....

Hope you can shed some light on the posting as they seem to follow a pattern.

Cheers,

Sam