Quebec is located in eastern Canada and features a predominantly French-speaking populace. The largest of the provinces, Quebec is second only to neighboring Ontario in population. Over 90% of its land lies within the Canadian Shield; most of Quebec’s people have, therefore, settled in the south and west, with its more moderate climate and geography.
Quebec City, the provincial capital, is located in a fertile valley where the St. Lawrence River begins to narrow. Old Quebec City has such historical significance that it has been named a United Nations World Heritage Site. Over 4 million annual visitors explore her centuries of history! Be sure to visit Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel, referred to as the “castle on the hill”. Built in lavish European style, don’t miss the lobby’s 300-year old stone bearing the Cross of Malta emblem. Walking along the boardwalk, you will see The Citadel, an historic fortification built under British rule – observe the timeless Changing of the Guard. The icy toboggan run at Terrasse Dufferin is thrilling, as are Montmorency Falls’ incredible views. Join the millions of visitors who have toured nearby Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre to scrutinize the famous St-Anne Basilica, only a half hour drive. Nearby skiing destinations include Mont Sainte-Anne, a 45 km drive. Check out Winter Carnival festivities if you’re in town in February.
Interested in visiting an elegant European city, but not in travelling across the pond? Montreal is your answer! With a metro area of close to two million, it’s the second largest city in Canada and is located in southwestern Quebec. Considered the country’s Cultural Capital, Montreal seamlessly blends historic architecture with modern conveniences, providing an excellent selection of fine Quebec hotels. You will likely fall in love with Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal), easily navigated on foot or by utilizing the Metro subway. Get your fill of culture at the museum of archaeology and history, Pointe-a-Calliere, or the Musee des Beaux-Arts, both are wonderful. The Underground City (RESO) is a linked complex of buildings and malls beneath the city. Sports fans can watch hockey at CentreBell or play one of over 400 golf courses scattered through the province.
Following the southern bank of the River to the northeast from QC brings you to the Parc national de la Gaspesie. The Chic-Chocs Mountains boast 25 peaks over 1,000 m high, making this imposing mountain range an adventurer’s paradise. Almost half the province’s hiking trails are located in the Gaspé Peninsula! About 180 km to the south, visit Parc national de Miguasha, named to UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage List and considered the world's greatest palaeontological record of fossils from the Devonian Period. Visit Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, northeast of QC on the northern side of the river, to see beautiful rock formations created by nature through the centuries. Sprinkled throughout the province are some 10 grottos and caves; Quebec’s natural beauty is truly stunning!
Cruise down the St. Lawrence waterway, watching for whales and porpoises. Kayaking, rafting, snowshoeing, dogsledding, ice fishing, hunting caribou and even just sitting still and observing – Quebec’s natural wonderland is dressed to the nines and waiting impatiently for you to arrive!!