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Chemin du Roy, Quebec

The Chemin du Roy is a historic road along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. The road begins in Repentigny and extends almost 280km eastward towards Quebec City, its eastern terminus. Most of the Chemin du Roy today follows along the present-day Quebec Route 138. The modern expressway that replaces both Route 138 and the Chemin du Roy through most of its course is Quebec Autoroute 40.HistoryIn 1706, the Conseil supérieur of New France decreed that a road be built to connect the settlements along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, between Quebec City and Montreal. Work began in 1731, under the supervision of Grand Voyer Eustache Lanouiller de Boisclerc, and was completed in 1737. Upon completion, the Chemin du Roy was 7.4m wide, over 280km long, and crossed 37 seignories. The Chemin du Roy was the longest road in existence at the time north of Mexico.In 1910, the portion of the Chemin du Roy on Montreal Island was renamed by the District and County of Montreal as Gouin Boulevard. It is no longer considered part of the historic route and does not feature the "Chemin de Roy" route markers that the tourist route now is signed with.
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  • Is Canada's oldest road. Is between Quebec and Montreal and it's amazing. Rent a car in Quebec and we took the road passing by more than 20 beautiful little towns. The scenery is fabulous and the towns (or villages) only. You can see how people live in a way that is peaceful and without stress. Worth every km run. Big experience.
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  • Yes, there are a couple of pleasant stretches along the Chemin du Roy between Montreal and Quebec, but most of it was really disappointing (tacky strip malls with at least one adult-type place). I wou...  more »
  • When appearing as a guide you should follow him and left the main road for some time. Historic villages, beautiful homes, great education and insights and relaxed cruising wait as a reward.
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