Hotel at a Glance: Manoir du Lac Delage
This hotel looks out on a forest and the waters of Lac Delage, a lake in the center of a small mountain town known for its abundance of natural beauty. The hotel offers easy access to nearby hiking trails, golf courses, and local parks. When you’re not exploring the great outdoors, swim in the indoor pool or relax in your guest room, which provides free WiFi and a view of the woods or water.
- Eat local cuisine at The Gourmet Champêtre, which serves its meals beside a view of the lake.
- When it’s warm out: Go canoeing, play mini golf, or enjoy other summer activities.
- Winter fun: Go skiing at Stoneham Mountain Resort (a 10-minute drive away) or ice skating or snowshoeing right on the property.
- Places to unwind: the outdoor spa and sauna, or indoor treatment rooms where you can get a hot-stone massage
- Take a walk to Marais du Nord, a nature park just 1.3 kilometers (0.8 mi) down the road.
Lac-Delage, Quebec: Secluded Mountain Town Close to Quebec City
Lac-Delage is a place of tranquility. No motorboats are allowed on the lake, which stretches half a square kilometer over the small town that bears its name. Yet locals are familiar with its waters, thanks to a thriving kayaking and canoeing community. Paddle out and take in views of the forest and mountains in the distance. Back on land, you’ll find hiking and biking trails, along with open green spaces perfect for a picnic or game of frisbee. Winter brings cross-country skiing and other snowy activities. Yet this outdoor oasis is hardly on the outskirts of civilization: Quebec City is less than a half-hour drive away.
Home to more than half a million mostly French-speaking inhabitants, Quebec’s capital city ranks among the oldest in North America. Founded in 1608, Old Quebec—now a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is surrounded by the only city walls north of Mexico on the North American continent that are still standing. Within these ramparts, you’ll find cobblestone streets and examples of 17th-century colonial architecture. Be sure to visit the neoclassical Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral to see its soaring nave adorned with gold moulding.