An early-mid September trip. We will be spending 6 nights in Montréal at the beginning of this trip and 4 nights in Québec City at the end. This is a little bit of a roots trip in that my wife's mother grew up in Montréal but never said a word about her childhood (ever). We live in San Francisco and my wife has never been to Canada. So she would especially like to get a feel for Québec and the Québecois. Here are my questions. 1. We have planned to take 4 nights in between the M. and QC. visits during which we'd like to go to smaller towns. We will be driving (and dumping the car once we reach Québec). I've done a bit of reading and I wonder what you think about going down to the area around North Hatley or Asbestos for a couple of nights and then crossing the river and going up to the area around Joliette or Rawdon for a couple of nights and then driving straight through to QC? Places have been somewhat picked by the availability of good quality lodging. 2. Would driving from Joliette or Asbestos to QC would be too arduous in say, an afternoon? 3. What about using a van service to then go directly to YUL from Québec City rather than either renting a car for the day or holding on the rental car that we would arrive with?