Autumn road trips: the route is beautiful

Adventuring the roads of Quebec when the burst of leaves coincides with mild weather is the best way to say goodbye to summer. But it is still necessary to have a form of transport that is less obvious than ever for those who do not own a vehicle. Solutions and destinations.

As anyone looking to buy a car knows, it’s not easy to get your hands on a new or used vehicle these days, especially when it comes to an electric model. . As for those who want to use a car occasionally by betting on short-term rentals, they also need to be patient, because this sector is also affected by an increase in demand, especially at weekends.

A new solution: shared cars. A pioneer in this niche, the Turo platform, which is gaining more and more followers in Quebec, offers an almost unlimited selection of models. Vans, motorhomes, SUVs, electric vehicles, economy subcompacts, convertibles, sports cars, luxury or ultra-luxury, there is something for everyone. We can therefore choose a specific vehicle according to the destination and the mood at the moment, a matter of varying the experiences. Do you want to play the game? Here are four fall vacations worth the trip, and a matchup of vehicles tailored to make the most of them.

Nature glamping in Lanaudière

Duration: 2 to 3 days
Vehicle: To reduce its greenhouse gas emissions,
an electric car like Hyundai Ioniq or Tesla Model X

To disconnect and cut ties with the daily routine, there is nothing like an unplugged stay in the heart of nature, where the only ambient noise is produced by the fauna and the rustling of the leaves. In the autumn season, camping enthusiasts can afford an “upgrade” to a rustic but well-equipped accommodation, including a cozy bed and central heating. You can find them all over the beautiful region of Lanaudière, where you can practice a multitude of activities such as climbing, courses in the trees and hiking, on foot or by bike, on an extensive network of trails.

Among the possibilities to discover, the Gollé Goulu campsite in Saint-Côme offers, in a camp-ready formula, cabins without electricity, lit by solar energy, heated by a wood stove and equipped with dry toilets where pets are accepted. As for the houses located high (in the trees) in Kabania, in Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, they are twinned with shared buildings equipped with a kitchen and a relaxation area. Note: charging points are available in these municipalities.

On the way to Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie

Duration: 4 to 5 days

Vehicle: For comfort and to get off the beaten track,
an SUV like the Jeep Wrangler or BMW X5

Gaspésie is associated with summer holidays, days spent on the beach and lobster dinners while the sun is still shining. However, this region deserves to be discovered in autumn, when its landscapes are at their most beautiful and tourists are conspicuous by their absence. If you leave from Montreal or Quebec, the road is quite long, but after the course of the river you can make several very pleasant stops in Bas-Saint-Laurent.

First stop: Kamouraska, where there are excellent gourmet addresses, such as the Côté Est restaurant, known for its divine local cuisine, the Niemand bakery for its bread and pastries, and the Tête d’match brewery for its taste palettes accompanied by snacks. . A few kilometers further, Parc national du Bic is worth a visit to admire some of the most unique coastal scenery in Quebec. After observing the seals during a kayak trip or climbing to the top of Pic Champlain, head to the village of Bic to sit down at the Chez Saint-Pierre restaurant and discover the local cuisine of chef Colombe St-Pierre. A few steps away, you can spend the night at the Auberge du Mange-Grenouille, which also has an excellent restaurant.

The next day we pass through typical villages as far as Matane, then Gaspé. Once there, the choice of activities is staggering: hiking along spectacular cliffs that drop into the sea, sea kayaking and whale watching, which are less shy in autumn. The road trip culminates with a visit to the Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park, followed by an excursion to the stunning UNESCO Global Geopark, a vast territory of geological importance preserved for future generations.

Gourmet holiday in the vineyards
eastern cities

Duration: a day or a weekend
Vehicle: For fun, a convertible or a luxury model,

like the Ford Mustang or Porsche Boxster

The color softness is especially amazing in the Eastern Townships and it is optimal during the harvest season. So now is the time to treat yourself to an epicurean vacation, provided you appoint a sober driver! A one-day trip is suitable for Montreal residents, but a slightly longer trip allows you to treat yourself to a charming hotel stay and enjoy the excellent restaurants of the region.

Among the best-known vineyards, let’s mention Orpailleur, a true pioneer of viticulture in northern climates, Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise, which offers tastings in its rural area, Château Ste-Agnès, a historic European-style estate dominated by a castle and a chapel, and Clos Saragnat, which specializes in making straw wine from dried grapes. To properly prepare your itinerary, simply consult the website, which offers numerous circuits in the Brome-Missisquoi sector, the cradle of Quebec viticulture.

Set sail in Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Length of stay: minimum one week
Vehicle: To be independent, a motorhome,

like the Toyota Sienna or Dodge Grand Caravan

To take an epic road trip to the islands, you first need to get there—and take a ferry from Prince Edward Island. Visitors have everything to gain when they arrive in their motorhome, as the rental car fleet is quite limited, as is the choice of accommodation options. The reward: end-of-the-world landscapes, the warm welcome of the Madelinots and holy peace after the tourist season. Here you can walk for hours without meeting anyone on a white sand beach that crunches under your feet, along the red rocks in a sea kayak and roll from one island to another for a complete change of mood. Hiking enthusiasts can take the Entre vents et tides trails, a circuit developed in 2015 by regulars of the Compostela trails, which crosses the archipelago’s beaches, natural sites and villages.

Living in Îles-de-la-Madeleine also means discovering local flavors. From the friendly Café de la Grave, housed in a former general store in Havre-Aubert, to the Nature Gourmet stopover in Étang-du-Nord, past local producers such as Fromagerie Pied-de-Vent, smokehouse of yesteryear, Trésor du store oyster farms and the Abri de la Tempête microbrewery, the gourmet lane is worth the (big) detour!

Turo is Canada’s largest and fastest growing peer-to-peer car sharing platform. It connects local car owners with a vibrant community of travelers looking for the perfect vehicle for their next adventure. Turo is reinventing the car-sharing model by encouraging Canadians to make better use of their approximately 23 million vehicles.

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