This summer we got to check off one of the trips on our travel bucket list: a road trip through Quebec! We had the best time enjoying Quebec City and Montreal, connecting more with the french heritage of our country, and eating soooo much good food! So excited to share some of our faves in this post!
To celebrate the new Ford Ecosport being available in Canada, Ford asked 13 Canadians to drive the car across the country and explore a new part of Canada, and we got to drive a leg of the trip! You can see some of the highlights from our trip in the video below too :)
Things to Do in Quebec City
We flew from Vancouver to our first stop, Quebec City and picked up the Ford Ecosport! Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America, and it’s full of so much rich history and culture. We loved the Saint-Roch neighborhood, which is less touristy and full of cool coffee shops and breweries. We loved the Noctem Artisans Brasseurs for craft beer on the patio, and Cafe Saint Henri for delicious donuts and coffee in a cool, airy space.
The best meal we had in Quebec (poutine aside) was as the amazing Chez Muffy restaurant inside the gorgeous hotel Auberge Saint-Antoine. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, it’s a great spot to treat yourself to classical French cuisine in a comfy, farm-to-table environment. Definitely a great date night spot!
Over in Quebec City’s fort, it feels like you’re stepping into Europe, instead of the other side of the country. All the historic buildings, forts, and hotels that look like castles are so fun to gaze at and wander through!
A visit to Chateau Frontenac is a must when visiting Quebec City, even though it’s a little touristy it’s still fun to walk along the boardwalk, it’s so beautiful! Even though we were only in Quebec City for a day, we had plenty of time to see both the local and touristy side, and have an amazing dinner to remember.
Next, it was time to pack up the Ford EcoSport and head to Montreal! We love the size of this car, it has a ton of space without being too big or bulky (or hard to park), and there were lots of smart storage solutions in the trunk too! The perfect sized car for a cross-Canada road trip, and we loved how the trunk door swings out sideways like a regular car door.
GETTING TO Montreal
Our road trip to Montreal was only about 3 hours, and we had so much fun listening to our favorite albums in the Ford EcoSport. This car is soooo techie, with a ton of outlets, which we loved! The car even had it’s own wifi, so it was nice to be able to watch Instagram Stories and Youtube videos in the car without using up long-distance data.
We stayed at the stunning and modern new Hotel Monville in downtown Montreal. This was a super cool hotel, and we definitely recommend staying here!
Where to Eat and Drink in Montreal
When visiting Montreal, we had one priority: eat and drink alllll the yummy things. Montreal has an amazing food scene, and there are so many places left to try on our list! We walked to Lov Restaurant, which was just a short walk from our hotel, and absolutely loved it! It’s like Montreal’s version of The Butcher’s Daughter, and their kombucha mojito was incredible.
After Lov restaurant, we had the best dinner of our trip at Le Vin Papillon. The terraces (patios) in Quebec are so amazing, and we had an incredible meal with some friends in a backyard terrace with good wine and delicous, fresh food hot off the smoked grill.
The next morning we grabbed coffee next door at La Finca coffee, and then went to visit Old Montreal and the Plateau neighborhoods! In Old Montreal, the rooftop at Perche is a welcome escape from tourists and has very cool views and tropical vibes.
The Plateau and Mile End are our favorite neighborhoods in Montreal, and we just love to wander down the streets walking from neighborhood to neighborhood and checking out all the cool bars and restaurants along the way. Honestly…there is just SO much in Montreal, it’s really easy to wander into rad spots like Bar Darling.
We had so much fun exploring a new side of Canada, and honestly we fell soooo in love with Quebec! Everyone we met in Quebec City was so nice and friendly, and really encouraged you to practice speaking French. And Montreal, well it’s definitely the coolest city in Canada so it’s hard to not have a good time there!
Our last leg of the trip was driving the Ford Ecosport to Ottawa, and passing it on to the next adventurer. Luckily, the vehicle has built in GPS so we never got lost, and we can’t wait to return again. Thanks to Ford Canada for having us on the trip!