Yes, indeed, do not disagree with you on this - as many times, timeshares are NOT in the cities and I do not like to daytrip esp. into a city - where one has no clue where to park, etc. By the time one figures out how to get around, the daytrip is over - much too stressful when one is on vacation.Forget the timeshare. It sounds like your focus is on the city itself. Go to vrbo or another rental website and rent an apartment for the week. Especially in Quebec, the prices are pretty cheap. For example, listing 87775 in Montreal is a one-bd apartment in old Montreal. No, I've never stayed here and I have no finanical interest, but I just thought I'd give an example. If you compare the cost between renting a week in the heart of Montreal vs staying in some rural resort outside the city with exchange fees, etc, I would think it would be much better to rent in the city where you really want to be. And an apartment is still better than a hotel.
Several in Beaupre, more like 25 minutes into downtown Quebec.
Club Geopremiere, is a very nice resort in St. Hippolyte, maybe 45 minutes north of Montreal, depending on the traffic. Some of their studios have a loft and a galley kitchen, others are nothing more than hotel rooms. Make sure you get the ones with the loft and the galley.