Quebec is a massive and beautiful province, filled with incredible culture, history, food and breathtaking natural surroundings. It’s also a favorite destination for RV enthusiasts from all over North America, due to a seemingly infinite number of tourist destinations, parks, and outdoor activities. As the leaves start to turn and the weather turns brisk, we at Leisure Travel Vans are shedding a bit of light on a few must-visit destinations in La Belle Province that will be perfect for a fall adventure.
The Eastern Townships
The Eastern Townships are located in Southern Quebec between the St. Lawrence River and the American border, and are well known as the playground of Montrealers 12 months a year. With hiking and lake activities in the summer, and several well-known ski areas in the winter, the Eastern Townships need no introduction as one of the hottest tourist spots in the province. During the fall, the hills throughout the Townships explode with colour, and just taking in the foliage could be considered an activity all on its own. The area is teeming with vendors of handcrafted goods, and is a popular spot for hiking, golfing, cycling and boating.
Where to park your RV: Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook
The Parc is billed as a must for RV’ers visiting the Eastern Township region. The 4-star resort has 175 campsites with or without full services, well-groomed hiking trails, a petting zoo and the longest suspended footbridge in North America. There’s also a pool and laundry facilities.
A stone’s throw from Montreal, the 22,000-acre playground known as the Laurentians is as lauded for it’s skiing in the winter as it is for it’s hiking and camping in the summer. Ideal for the outdoor enthusiast interested in mountain biking, canoeing, or fishing, it’s also perfect to unwind and recharge with dozens of spas. It’s also perfect for road trips, with the agriculture-focused Chemin du Terroir route and the historical Route des Belles-Histoires.
Where to park your RV: Lac Lafointaine
Nestled in Sait-Jerome, surrounded by the rolling countryside, Lac Lafointaine Resort stays open until the end of October and features dances, entertainment, as well as an on-site restaurant, shower facilities, laundry and full-service sites.
The Charlevoix region was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1989, and its dramatic landscape is home to rolling terrain, headlands, and fjords. Its local community of La Malbaie was known as the first resort area in Canada, where noblemen were hosting visitors at their manors over the warmer months. Today, the area is home to a thriving agritourism industry, focusing on farm-to-fork style dining and adventures (featuring some of the worlds best cheese), as well as historical sites and museums tracing the earliest days of Canadian history. There are road trips for virtually any kind of experience, including the “Flavor Trail” running from Petite-Riviere to La Malbaie, perfect for enjoying libations from chocolate to cider to organically raised meat.
Where to Park your RV: Le Genevrier Chalets & Camping
Le Genevrier offers full water and power sites, flush restrooms as well as mountain biking and hiking trails. It’s open until October 31st so you can bask in all of the wonderful fall colours this autumn.
The Chaudiere-Appalaches or the Beauce region is located in South-Eastern Quebec just outside of Quebec City. The region is perfect for a weekend adventure to unwind in the crisp October air, with numerous craft breweries and eateries, very friendly locals, and pubs and restaurants that are over a hundred years old. The region is one of the oldest settled areas in Canada, making for a history buff’s delight. Like the rest of the destinations on our list, its natural beauty cannot be understated, particularly in the fall.
Where to park your RV: Camping Domain De La Riviere
With operations running right until the end of October, Camping Domaine De La Riviere offers up 188 sites, 60 of which with water, power, and sewer. The campground features Wi-Fi, firewood, a laundromat and even sells propane.