Positioned on the St Lawrence River, Montmagny is a picturesque town within the naturally resplendent Chaudière-Appalaches region, known for its snow-capped Appalachian Mountains. Montmagny boasts a variety of engaging museums and a charismatic dining strip, along with access to nearby islands in the river.
Things to do in Montmagny
Immerse yourself in the history of Montmagny by visiting some of the town’s museums, such as Lieu Historique National Maison Sir Étienne-Paschal-Taché. This nationally-recognised historic site remembers Sir Étienne-Paschal-Taché by showcasing preserved personal belongings in his former home. You can also visit the Place Charles Huault landmark located in Promenade du Bassin, a leafy riverside park.
Wander down Rue Saint Jean Baptiste to browse local boutiques and duck into inviting restaurants. La Maison Rousseau offers upmarket French cuisine, while Boulangerie Pâtisserie l'Epi d'Or Café Breton is perfect for picking up baked goods and sweets. Check out the unique footwear in Boutique Double Pas and satisfy your literary cravings at Librairie Livres en Tête.
Catch a ferry across to Isle-aux-Grues, one of 22 islands in the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago. It’s a great spot for immersing yourself in nature at the forested Réserve Naturelle Jean-Paul Riopelle and admiring contemporary artwork at the Musée de L'Isle-aux-Grues. Don’t forget to purchase some gourmet cheese from Fromagerie Île-aux-Grues.
Nature lovers can make a day trip to Jacques-Cartier National Park, which reveals a vast mountain plateau with deep forested valleys. Along with enthralling hiking trails, the national park is also a great spot for fishing, rafting and kayaking. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, such as beavers, white-tailed deer, foxes and more than 130 bird species.
Getting around Montmagny
Montmagny is about one hour’s drive from Quebec City, where you can fly into Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. It’s connected to the city by buses and VIA Rail trains. You can easily explore Montmagny on foot or bicycles or by using the ferries and taxis.