Québec City's streets bring an Old World feel to North America. Image by Derek Hatfield / CC BY 2.0
Driving long and hard is a temptation, but taking detours means stumbling upon some hidden gems
It is hard to leave the soulful plazas and glass-clinking cafes of Québec City, but a journey beyond the walled town brings big rewards. Blue whales, rustic alehouses and roadside ateliers bob up within a four-hour, shore-clasping drive northeast.