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Day 1

There are no fewer than 15 (count ’em) massive festivals in Montreal through August and September—film, photo, blues, pop, and a marathon thrown in for good measure. The best way to get around is on two wheels, especially since the city just launched Bixi, its public bike-sharing program, and will be adding 37 miles of cycling paths to its already outrageously extensive 310-mile system ( Cruise the Plateau and Mont Royal before a long downhill toward the historic waterfront, the heart of Old Montreal, and Hotel XIXe Siècle ($195;

Day 2

Head northwest toward Mont Tremblant, Quebec’s largest provincial park. Stop at the Diable River for a quiet paddle or a more ambitious run high above the river along the largest via ferrata—rebar-assisted rock climbing—in North America ( Nearby Tremblant Resort boasts more than 30 restaurants, a dozen hotels, and even evening ziplining through the pines.

Day 3

No need to rush on the byways that skirt the Laurentides Range, where you’ll find roadside produce stands in villages named after saints (St-Jean-de-Matha, St-Félix-de-Valois). At the St. Lawrence River, kayak a piece of the 807-mile water trail ($30;, then eat at the fancy Moulin de St-Laurent, housed in a restored flour mill on the Île d’Orléans (moulin Jog south to Quebec City and rest at Auberge St-Pierre, a luxurious old inn that faces the walled downtown. Rooms feature the building’s original stone walls from 1821 ($199 including breakfast;

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