As one of Canada’s largest provinces, Québec has something that everyone will enjoy from the exciting cities steeped in European culture, to the impressive vast coastlines and the spectacular historical architecture.
Have a look at our top 5 experiences within Québec for you to enjoy on your next holiday in Canada.
1. You don’t visit Montréal, you live it!
Here there is a union of European charm and North America attitude; Montréal began as a small island in the middle of the St Lawrence river over 375 years ago and is now the second largest French speaking city in the world after Paris. A truly international city with a mix of cultures, history and modernity and has even been officially designated a UNESCO City of Design. You can spend your shopping in time on Sainte-Catherine or visit Notre-Dame Basilica, the nods to Europe are almost countless. Feast on some gastronomic delicacies like Montréal’s unique bagels and craft beers. Montréal is the place for the gluttonous and foodies!
2. Explore the contrasts of old & new in Québec City
Voted the ‘Best City’ in Canada in 2018, it is clear to see why Québec City is held in such high regard. Begin by visiting ‘Old Québec City’, an area steeped in history, charm and culture, you can almost feel transported through time here. Choose from Chateau Frontenac, Place Royale or Rue Saint-Jean to take in the architecture and learn about the incredible heritage. Next, visit ‘Saint-Roch’, known as the ‘Trendy District’ an area which is popular with foodies. Home to microbreweries, gourmet grocers and laid-back neighbourhood restaurants which are great value for money.
3. Go whale watching in Gaspésie region
One of Canada’s 50 places of a lifetime, the Gaspésie region in Québec is a must-see destination and one of the first widely known wildlife tourist destinations in Canada. Within this region lies, four National Parks, the famous Percé Rock and the St. Lawrence River – one of the best Whale watching sites in the world! Québec alone is home to 13 different species of this incredible animal including, fin whales, belugas and blue whales, the largest animal to live on earth.
4. Take to the open road
Québec is home to an ever-changing landscape, one that is incredible to explore by car, take to the open road and enjoy seeing the highlights of Québec at your own pace. There are many driving routes to take to enjoy Québec to the Fullest. Beginning in Baie-Sainte-Catherine, ‘The Fjord Route’ will see you travelling along the remarkable Saguenay Fjord. This road trip will take from 1 to 2 days and includes some impressive stops along the way including, Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Musée de la Nature, the Musée du Fjord, Saguenay Fjord National Park. Take a break in some of the national parks and mingle with its inhabitants like the bears, beavers, caribou and moose that roam the area!
5. Visit one of many National Parks
Québec boasts 30 National Parks, all different and unique. One of these highlights include the Parc National du Mont-Tremblant, covering over 580 square miles, here you will see a myriad of wildlife includes wolves, moose and deer. In the summer the mountain becomes an extensive zip line network where you can admire the beauty of it all above the canopy. Another well-known National Park is the ‘Forillon National Park’, this park offers an incredible landscape shaped made up of impressive mountains, colourful meadows with an abundance of wildflowers and steep cliffs overlooking the ocean.
If you have been inspired to visit Québec and witness some truly one of a kind experiences, click here to discover our suggested itineraries.