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1. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys!
This is my second post and again I’m asking for advice. Many of you were so helpful with my queries about Vancouver Island, I thought I’d try again but on the other side of Canada this time.
Again just to recap, my best friend and I are Australian ladies in our 60s and driving ourselves around Canada for 6 weeks in September( west coast) and October (east coast). We have 3 nights each in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City and a couple of overnights in some small towns/ villages in between the major cities.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we find ourselves with an extra night somewhere and we don’t know where to use it!
We’re overnighting in Baie Saint-Paul after Quebec and before Montreal we have that extra night.
My friend adores all things French and speaks it quite well. We’ve both been to France twice and loved it, so we’d like to stay in a small pretty French village somewhere between the above mentioned stops.
Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
Oh and we’re staying at Gananoque for 2 nights on the way back to Toronto for our flight out.
Before I forget, we’re also overnighting at Niagara Falls

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 359 posts) 38w 1 Star this if you like it!

Trois Rivieres, directly between Quebec City and Montreal, is a rather charming little city offering a few museums featuring art and Quebecois life. Aside from that, it is a pleasant place to stay for the night and there are decent restaurants.

Trois Rivieres is also an obvious stop between Quebec City and Montreal due to it's location. Hopefully the foliage along the river in October will still be near peak or just past peak.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1240 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Good suggestion above. Check their tourism web site. Click here for the Trois-Rivières Tourist information site

4. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Thank you both for your replies. I will most definitely look into your suggestion!
It was very kind of you to take the time to help us.
Lynette56 ;)

5. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 18 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

I lived for 12 years in Quebec Peovince and I would recoommand to stay at Ile d’Orleans which is really pretty with traditional Quebec village and loads of lovely places to stay and eat. It’s not far from Quebec City and worth a detour.
It doesn’t take long to drive from Quebec City to Montreal, you can easily to the drive in 1/2 day and that’s taking your time.
I am French from France. Be aware that The French speaking in Canada sounds very different than the French from France. Words and accent are different. It makes for interesting conversations. They will understand French from France but will you uderstand their French? But I love it.

6. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Hi MAd4travel!
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post. I looked at Trois Rivieres and when I saw it was a city I wasn’t so keen. When my friend and I went to France we really enjoyed the French countryside and villages and we were looking to do the same in Canada- see the French rural villages etc. we’ll definitely look at your suggestion, thank you. Even though I only speak a little French, I still managed to communicate using a mixture of both French and English and it was fun to share lives with others ( even though my high school French was very limiting). It’s amazing how gestures and body language can get your point across. Fortunately my friend speaks it more fluently than I but it should be interesting with the different accents and words. Just makes it more fun, oui?
What do you think about staying in Fananoque for 2 nights? We want to take the 1000 islands cruise so we gave ourselves plenty of time to do it.

7. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Whoops! I meant Gananoque

8. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 18 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Hi Lynette56,
I agree with you, sign language and smiles can go a long way in commuicating with people. I travelled to places I don’t speak or even can read the language and has some nice and sometimes funny memories.

I haven’t been to Gananoque specifically but I Isabelle been to 1000 islands. Yes it is worth exploring it and a cruise sounds a perfect way to do it. At that time of year, October, it will be beautiful as the autumn or fall colour (depending which English you speak) will be on display,

On you way out of to Quebec City, I would recommend you do a stop to Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area. It is just at then end of Ile d’Orleans. As you will be there in October, you might be able to see the Canada geese migration. It is quite a scenery and you can have up to 100 000 geese gathering there. Enquire when you are in the area if the migration is till going on. There is also closed to Quebec City and just before the bridge going on to Ile d’Orleans Montmorency Falls, which no’s as impressive as Niagara are much taller and can be a nice stop over if weather is good.

I really love Canada and Quebec Province. I went there for a year and ended staying much much longer lol. Happy travels.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1240 posts) 38w 1 Star this if you like it!

Before you dismiss Trois-Rivières because it's a city, look at what they both have to offer. There's the waterfront, of course, but the section around the Cathedral is very French and there is more to see and do in Trois-Rivières. There is a marvelous museum called Mèdiat-Muse that covers nearly any interest. Here's their web site to check. Click here for the Médiat-Muse Museum web site

There is also a Museum Card to tour all the local museums which is great fun. Check their web site because it not only tells you about the card; it gives you links to all the museums and sights. Click here for the Trois-Rivières Museum Pass web site

I like little villages too and you will go through them on the way to nearly anyplace you choose to go. If you haven't checked the Google Map web site for trip planning, try it and see all your options.

Whatever you choose to do, have a great trip.

10. Posted by Lynette56 (Budding Member 15 posts) 38w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thank you both very much for your suggestions. You have really given us something to think about. I’ll show your posts to my friend and we’ll investigate them and decide which of them to pursue. I’ve already discovered that there is almost no suitable accommodation left available on the island. ( we need 2 beds), so we’ll have to make a decision soon. I suppose we could stay the night in Quebec again and make a day trip if we choose that option.
We are so excited about our trip. We have wanted to come to Canada for so long! You have an abundance of natural beauty and ambience to satisfy even the most seasoned travellers, which we are not.
Thanks again,