Published on May 4th, 2017 | by Rael Tooch
The Unrivaled Joie De Vivre of Quebec.
Quebec is unlike any other province in Canada. It’s not just because it is uniquely French, but rather it’s a combination of history, architecture and culture. You may think you’re in Europe when you visit, but Quebec is truly Canadian.
Here are some wonderful places to experience in Quebec:
It’s not what you do or where you go, it’s where you start. Quebec City is a gem waiting to be explored. Perhaps the best place to begin is in Old Quebec, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a quiet stroll along the cobblestone streets of the historic old city neighbourhood while taking in the spectacular views. Other places to visit are Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral, Petit-Champlain District, Parliament Building and, of course, the most photographed hotel in the world – Château Frontenac.
Food, festivals and fashion. Cosmopolitan, chic and creative. Whichever way you look at it, Montreal is one of the coolest cities in Canada. From its multicultural society to jazz bars, cafes and gastronomic cuisine to galleries and museums, there are so many elements that make this city so enchanting. Here are just a few things to view: Take a walk on Rue Saint-Paul, Montreal’s oldest street, enjoy the Biodome (a botanical garden, aquarium and indoor zoo wrapped into one), visit Mont Royal and stop in at Jean-Talon Market, it has some of the most amazing food. The list is endless, so discover this wonderful place for yourself.
This has been a skiers’ paradise forever and it’s no surprise as the setting is just as magnificent as the slopes. If you’re an avid snowboarder, don’t fear – there are 18 acres of ramps, rails and jumps and a whole mountain waiting for you to carve some fresh tracks. But there’s more to this wonderful place than just winter activities. Summers offer golf, cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, hiking and a beach to enjoy with your family.
Gatineau, formerly known as Hull, is a French-speaking city that is located just across the river from Ottawa. There are numerous tourist attractions and one such destination is the Canadian Museum of History. It’s one of Canada’s oldest institutions and has over one million visitors a year. It also houses the Canadian Children’s Museum. Gatineau Park is also very popular as it offers beaches, picnic areas, camping, hiking and trails.
While Laval is modern in design and a truly progressive city, there is still a side to it that is imbued with an old-world charm. Île Jésus is a major component of Laval and is very rural in nature. Here you will find picturesque villages, heritage churches, riverside parks and numerous historical attractions. If your family is more inclined for something a little more modern, the interactive Armand-Frappier Museum for kids is the place to be. For the adventure-seekers, there’s year-round indoor surfing and indoor skydiving that is sure to thrill the whole family.
If you’re looking to take a trip to Quebec, we have great CAA hotel and car rates for you and your family – search now
Parks Canada is celebrating 150 years and offering free admission to national parks and historic sites, so discover the beauty of Quebec for yourself.
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