12 days in Ottawa & Quebec City Area Itinerary

12 days in Ottawa & Quebec City Area Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Austin
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Ottawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Montreal, Quebec
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Quebec City, Quebec
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Austin

3
nights
Ottawa

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jabulani Vineyard & Winery, KIN Vineyards, Archery Games, and other attractions. Change things up with a short trip to Omega Park in Montebello (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Parliament Hill and Buildings, explore the activities along Rideau Canal National Historic Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, and pause for some photo ops at Oscar Peterson Statue.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ottawa vacation builder.

Austin, USA to Ottawa is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Ottawa is 1 hour. In July, Ottawa is slightly colder than Austin - with highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Montreal.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Omega Park
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National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada
ByWard Market ©
ByWard Market
Omega Park ©
Omega Park

5
nights
Montreal, Quebec

Montreal ©
Quebec's economic and cultural capital, Montreal serves as the province's major point of entry, known for its rich history and high standard of living.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zoo Ecomuseum as well as Beer Tastings & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire (in Mont-Saint-Hilaire), Laval (Chateau Taillefer Lafon & Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature)) and Parc Safari (in Hemmingford). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Notre-Dame Basilica, pause for some photo ops at Place d'Armes, get to know the fascinating history of Old Port of Montreal, and get a new perspective on nature at Biodome de Montreal.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Montreal vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Ottawa to Montreal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July in Montreal, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Quebec City.

Things to do in Montreal

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Laval, Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire, Parc de la Frayere, Parc Safari
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Notre-Dame Basilica ©
Notre-Dame Basilica
Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire ©
Centre de la Nature Mont Saint-Hilaire
Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature) ©
Nature Centre (Le Centre de la nature)

2
nights
Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City ©
With a World Heritage-listed old town, Quebec City remains a walkable and safe hub of culture, commerce, and education offering a blend of fascinating history and a range of tourist-oriented activities.
On the 21st (Tue), take a stroll through Old Quebec and then get to know the fascinating history of Terrasse Dufferin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Quartier Petit Champlain, then visit Place Royale, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Quebec City trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Montreal to Quebec City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Montreal in July, you will find days in Quebec City are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quebec City

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Quebec ©
Old Quebec
Place Royale ©
Place Royale
Quartier Petit Champlain ©
Quartier Petit Champlain

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