The greater areas of Québec are full of hidden gems just waiting to be explored, from vibrant cities, stretches of stunning landscapes, local festivals to the endless outdoor adventures, Québec has it all. The rural allurements of Old Québec are found preserved amongst eastern townships. Additional to the incredible towns, the raw outdoors of greater Québec will entice you. Be amazed by the staggering heights of the Laurentians, the winter wonderland of Mt Tremblant or witness breaching whales in the St Lawrence River.
The Laurentians region houses the largest protected area in Québec, it has been a proudly established destination for travellers and locals alike year-round. Saint-Sauveur is a landmark destination within the region, famous for its unparalleled night skiing, boutique shopping and bars and restaurants. In the fall, the forests of the Laurentides transforms into the warm hues of colour splashed across its scenery igniting the festive spirit of the region. Hike through these undisturbed forests, take the 200km bike path or drive the country backroads. Whatever you choose to do in this beautiful region you will be captivated in the tranquillity of over 9000 lakes and rivers in this all-season natural playground.
Mont Tremblant is located within the Laurentians Region nestled at the base of the 968m mountain of the same name and this incredible ski village is frequently regarded as one of the best resorts in North America. Recognised for its four-season appeal, in summer, the area is a haven for nature hikes and water sports, as it contains six long rivers and 400 lakes and streams. During the winter months, visitors can enjoy dogsledding, ice climbing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and an abundance of mountain ski runs. The pedestrian village is a bustling hub of activity with restaurants, boutique shops, bars and nightclubs it’s worth spending time in this popular resort.
St Lawrence River
The St Lawrence River connects the great lakes of Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior paving a path that makes the St Lawrence as one of the greatest river systems in the world. When visiting Québec, a venture out to the St Lawrence River is a must do, as it provides one of the best opportunities for whale watching in Canada. Late June to September is the best time for whale watching in Québec, with Tadoussac being a hotspot for sightings and only a 3-hour drive from Québec City. There are 13 species of whale found in the St Lawrence river including the endangered Beluga whale, chances during peak season are high that you can catch a glimpse of these magnificent mammals.
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
The Montmorency Falls Park, as it’s known in English, is home to the Montmorency Falls, the impressive falls stand tall at 83 meters high, which is 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls. Visitors will generally travel here all year-round to witness the falls, with the most popular time being in the summer, however, it is highly recommended you visit in winter to take in the beautiful sight with less crowds. The park also has an incredible zip line track, allowing two people to simultaneously cross the cove of the falls to the La Baronne viewpoint, this is nearly a 1000 feet journey. With free entry, you won’t want to miss out on these spectacular views, reach the top of the falls via cable car or the panoramic staircase and before leaving be sure to cross the suspension bridge and make some lasting memories.
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