Most travelers take the highway to get there as quickly as possible Montreal to get to Quebec and they do not know what they are missing. There is a rewarding alternative to the monotonous highway ride, which should be at least a full day scheduled: the King's Road, which leads directly along the north shore of St. Lawrence through numerous idyllic villages and always provides beautiful views of the stream.
This highway is the oldest road link that exists in Quebec. Even when the French were here the colonial rulers, they moved across this street that connected the three most important cities in New France: Quebec City, Trois Rivieres and Montreal. Not only that you have on this road a varied route in front of you, here you follow historical trails.
It is best to leave Montreal on Rue Sherbrooke and follow it towards Repentigny.
|Moulin Grenier in Repentigny © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
One of the first historical attractions is the Moulin Grenier in Repentigny, an old mill from the year 1820, which can also be visited during the summer months. The old grinder works until today.
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Again and again, the road leads through small villages with impressive churches like this, which look with their facades on the St. Lawrence River. Unlike in the English-speaking parts of Canada, the churches stand out here: their often pointed steeples dominate the villages of many villages we meet on the way.
|On St. Lawrence © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
On the way, views of the St. Lawrence open up again and again, as the King's Road follows in large part directly on the north bank of the river. Most of the south shore is as close as in this photo, but at Lac Saint Pierre, the stream widens to a lake.
|Villas on St. Lawrence © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
The region is popular with wealthy Quebecers. Again and again we drive past elegant homes with large, almost park-like gardens and see behind the stream.
|Chapel of Cuthbert in Berthierville © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
On the way, you will not only encounter imposing Catholic churches. The chapel of the Cuthbert in Berthierville is the oldest Protestant chapel in Quebec and was built at this point 1762. At that time she was still called Chapelle St. Andre after the patron saint of Scotland. Today it is owned by the Government of Quebec and is a listed building.
|The Moulin de la Chevrotiere in Deschambault-Grondines © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline|
We come across a historic watermill in Deschambault-Grondines. Dating back to the year 1802, today it houses a small museum dedicated to the history of the mill, presenting art exhibitions on a regular basis.
There's a lot more to discover along the way, but it takes more than just a day.
Source: own research on site with the kind assistance of Bonjour Quebec
Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline