Quebec City and Montreal Elopement

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
2878 posts
Sugar bee

I live close to Québec city. What are you looking for ? Any clues, criterias so I could suggest a restaurant to you. Will you be marrying in Old Québec ? Are you looking for something specific (nature, architecture, type of food) ?

Post # 5
2878 posts
Sugar bee

Will you have a car ? And will you go both to Montreal and Québec ? They are about 2.5 hours away from each other, if you follow Highway 20. In the middle of those two destinations is a city called St.Hyacinth where our favorite restaurant is, it’s French gastronomy and it’s in an old church. Very nice, intimate restaurant, delicious food, jazz music. 

Le Parvis du Vieux Clocher :

Then if you continue your travel the day after toward Québec, I would suggest to follow road 132 (also called Marie-Victorin) all the way to Québec. The road is right beside the St.Lawrence River and you will drive through beautiful little villages, one that is called Lotbinière is amongts the most beautiful villages in the province of Québec. There you can find a huge garden : Le Domaine Joly de Lotbinière. They also do weddings.

Or, there is a garden in Québec right beside Laval University: but it’s in the city, while Joly de Lotbinière is by the River.

On your way to Québec, still on road 132, you can stop by my village St. Antoine de Tilly (20 minutes from Québec), there is also a French restaurant called Le Gardeur and an Inn with restaurant 1 minute by feet, view on the River : Le Manoir de Tilly. Room rates are affordable and again, you’ll eat terroir food.

Now, of course you’ll have nice architecture in Old Québec, but I don’t know all the hotels and I believe if you visit during the summer, that it’s not that affordable. I suggested all this because I know a bit what’s to see between Montréal and Québec (and by the highway, it’s quite boring), since you like nature, gardens and architecture, and that I happen to live in a beautiful, bucolic area called ”Lotbinière”,, that it can make your travel from Montréal to Québec (or the other way around) more interesting, with more ”sight seeing”. 

And of course, you’ll find many, many restaurants in Old Québec. I don’t know for Caribbean food, maybe you’ll be more lucky in Montreal ? There is Kalalu in Montreal:

Post # 6
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

It’s likely easier to get married elsewhere legally – you have to apply in person for a license a minimum of 20 days ahead of the marriage date as a notice must be posted at the court and the location of the marriage.

Upscale Caribbean isn’t very common in Montreal – most Caribbean places are small hole-in-the-wall kinds of places in neighbourhoods most tourists don’t go to.

Lots of great, memorable restaurants in Montreal though – you can look through RestoMontreal and search by type of food and features.

If you like botanical gardens, I think you can still have a small ceremony at the Jardin Botanique. I feel like someone I know had a private ceremony in the Japanese garden which had lovely pictures.

Post # 7
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It is tough to get married in La Belle Province, because they don’t have the same legal system as the rest of North America.

Quebec functions under the Quebec Civil Code… which is based on ancient French (as in France) Legal System… whereas the rest of North America is styled on a form of Law known as Common Law

Wikipedia – Quebec Law =

So when it comes to something like getting married the process is much different than that found elsewhere in North America (never mind that legally Quebec will ALWAYS maintain your records under your Maiden Name, as they don’t allow couples to change their names when they marry.  Might not be a huge issue as you are living in the USA, but whos to say it won’t be in the future ?)

Quebec Civil Law (Marriage / Civil Union) =

As mentioned by @kittyface: you have to apply in person and in advance, so the “Bans of Intent to Marry” can be published

Altho, I will be quick to say that La Belle Province is a fabulous place to Honeymoon (anywhere is fabulous.. but your choices of Montreal and more so Quebec City are excellent)

BUT … it really can be a hassle to marry there… particularly so if you aren’t a resident (and even that can be a hassle… lol, probably one of the reasons that so few people in Quebec marry any more !!  Highest rate of Common Law Relationships in all of NA)

My best advice…

Get married elsewhere.  Be it in your home state, or if driving one along the way… (Ontario is easier than Quebec if you are headed this way, and want to be married in Canada)

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PS… BOTH Montreal and Quebec City are awesome for a Honeymoon.   QC is particularly romantic, a bit of Europe right here in NA.  Lots to see and do, plan on at least 3 days… or more than half your time if you plan to divide up between Montreal & Quebec City. 

I love Montreal but it is in reality just another large NA City.  Quebec City is very very different.  Being that it is summertime you might want to think about a Honeymoon that concentrates on Old Quebec as well as some of the Lower St Lawrence River… Ile d’Orleans – Montmorency Falls – Charlevoix Region – the Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park (where the Whales gather) etc.

Here are some great links to get you started:

Tourism Quebec (Province) =

Tourism Quebec (City & Region) =

Tourism Charlevoix =

Parks Canada – Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park =


Post # 9
2878 posts
Sugar bee

Cabs are expensive though. In Québec there are many city bus that pretty much go everywhere (even to downtown Old Québec) and it’s like 2,75 $ each passage. I see you’re getting married in the end of July, does that mean you’ll be in Québec in early August ? There’s a festival every year called ”Les fêtes de la Nouvelle-France” with costumed people and all kind of activities related to the ”New France era” (1534 to 1763). It usually starts the first week of August.




Post # 10
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Montreal to Quebec City is under 3 hours by car… and the primary route (The TransCanada Hwy / Autoroute 20) goes thru very flat farmland… with not a lot to see.  If you drive I suggest that you get off the Expressway and head for the side roads… in particular the roads on either side of the river that hug the shore (Hwy 132 Southshore or 138 Northshore).  These go thru some very scenic villages as described by @NauticalDisaster: 

I personally prefer the Northshore… Trois Rivieres (3 Rivers) thru to Quebec, as this is considered one of the most scenic roads in Canada…

Chemin du Roy (Kings Road) and includes many of Les Plus Beaux Villages (the Most Beautiful Villages) in Quebec

Chemin du Roy =

Les Plus Beaux Villages =

On the otherhand, you can easily fly in and out of Montreal without ever needing a car… and connect to Quebec City conveniently by Bus or Train.  If Train, perhaps go late in the day, and enjoy the comfort of Via 1 – First Class… train comfort unlike what you’ll find in the USA and enjoy a great meal with drinks.  A nice way to make the commute.

Having a car for a day to get out into the Rural Quebec Countryside EAST of Old Quebec and down river is a MUST DO.

Idealic Ile d’Orleans is a MUST SEE… you’ll feel like you are in the countryside of pastoral France…

And if you have the time, as I said, head even further to the east to Charlevoix, La Malbaie and Tadoussac… to take in the Lower St Lawrence, whale watching etc.

But otherwise you don’t need… OR WANT a car in these 2 major cities.  No need for one in Montreal as it is well laid out and easy to get around via Metro… and having a car in Old Quebec is a real headache with all the narrow streets and lack of parking etc.

Hope this helps,


Post # 12
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@salejolie:  I live in Montreal, am planning a small intimate wedding. My best advice to travel the city is by subway. Its relatively cheap and fast. Even if Quebec is part of the civil code the notaries are very helpful in the wedding planning. The Fairmont in Quebec City has an elopement package. The ice hotel also does weddings. Off the island of Montreal, there is also the Manoir Rouville Campbell.


Ultimately, you’ll have to do your research. We’re just having a notary preform the ceremony at our house. You can always go through the notary. The only problem is that most of the forms are in French.  






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