Québec tailor-made holidays
Québec is all vibrant cities gleaming with a proud French Canadian history, interspersed with medieval cobbled streets and historic bastions in its UESCO World Heritage Sites and Old Quarters. While reminders of its French heritage lie dotted round every corner, there’s more to this region than its colonial history. There's mountainous peaks reminiscent of neighbouring USA's big-time ski slopes, intimate harbour-lining markets evocative of Paris and gastronomy that is, rightly so, zealously Canadian. Winter's chill dominates much of the Quebecers' life and they take full advantage, heading to local slopes for alpine skiing, tobogganing and dog sledding. And when the thaw sets in, verdant expanses and rocky beaches set the scene for summer festivals and strolls through the vast surrounds of mountain trails and parks.
A stroll through Montréal and Québec City, the two main metropoles of Québec, is truly immersive, where modern architecture looms alongside historic quarters tucked away among cobbled streets. There's French architecture everywhere you look, and it truly impresses. Head to the churches around the pretty lanes of Vieux Montréal, brimming with preserved colonial mansions, and stone fortification walls and winding streets of Québec City. The European, energetic ambience of sprawling Montreal is wonderfully contrasted with quaint Québec City, perhaps more charming of the two, with 17th century homes comprising the Old Town which is in itself a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Buzzy jazz bars and nightlife abound in Montreal, with summer's Festival International de Jazz de Montréal providing one of the principle acts, and year-round, the Musée d'Art Contemporian and Musée des Beaux Arts showcase spectacular contemporary art. Head to Québec City in winter and you'll find yourself revelling on snowy alleys in the Winter Carnival's explosion of colours, and in the warmer summer months its eponymous Summer Festival celebrates the new season downtown with 11 days of music. Its colonial core, where ancient stone buildings line narrow streets and charming bistros dot cobblestone lanes, are a picturesque setting for seasonal markets, with the most charming lying in the old market port, a hive of activity offering local produce. Nearby rue Saint-Paul heaves with antique shops, galleries and cafes dotted along walkways.
Autumn paints Quebec in spectacular shades and also affords fewer tourists – head here to witness the injection of colour into surrounding maple trees, adding a special charm to the boreal forests. It's wonderfully explored with strolls through the city and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Charlevoix and wildlife of Parc Grands Jardins. Head to Mount Royal, a volcanic mountain dominating the city of Montreal, for fantastic views year-round, particularly spectacular in winter, whose chill dominates for much of the year. Make the most of the icy outdoor playground that lies on the doorstep, heading to Tremblant just north of Montreal, zip lining the highest peak of the Laurentian Mountains, or explore the surrounding snowy peaks with skiing and tobogganing. The sprawling Le Massif de Charlevoix offers dog sledding and cross country skiing, while summer affords hiking and biking through verdant green parks, kayaking the St Lawrence river and whiling away the hours on the outskirting beaches of Montreal.
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Sailing from New York to Montréal, this luxury Oceania cruise takes in the spellbinding cities and stunning nature of New England, Atlantic Canada's maritime provinces and Québec.
Top itineraries in Québec
Explore the very best of Canada's vibrant and varied eastern provinces, driving from Toronto to Montréal via Niagara Falls, Algonquin's national-park wonders and UNESCO-listed Québec City.
Combine a stay in historic Québec City with a night in North America's only ice hotel. You'll then transfer out to Hotel Sacacomie for three days of action and adventure in the frozen Québec wilderness.
Beginning with a stay in Montréal, this weeklong winter break brings you to Hotel Sacacomie for roaring log fires, home-cooked gourmet food and three days of snowbound adventure.
Top places to stay in Québec
Perfectly positioned almost midway between Montreal and Quebec City, this perfect relaxation and wilderness retreat could is secluded from the buzz of city life.
North Hatley is just a 75 minute drive from Montreal and this is the perfect, gastronomic end to any stay in the belle province!
Parts of the historic hotel Auberge Saint Antoine date back to the 17th Century and commands a prime location in the very centre of the Old Port, making it a delightful place to spend a few days in Quebec City.
Where to go in Québec
Follow the Charlevoix Coast from Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre to the mouth of the Saguenay River. Boreal forests make Charlevoix a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where maple trees that lend colour to the landscape are a source of maple syrup.
Tremblant is accessible by plane but for a more scenic route through the mountains drive along Highway 117. Your Tremblant holiday will begin after a Laurentian Mountains tour that stretches past Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and Sainte Jovite. Stop off en route to relax on the beaches and discover the s…
Québec City became a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the battle in 1759 that saw Britain gain rule of Canada. General James Wolfe led the British to victory over the French on the Plains of Abraham just outside the city's walls. Now the Fortifications de Québec and the Parc des Champs-de-Bataille…
Canada's second largest city is surprisingly easily to explore either by foot or metro. Take a walk down Rue Sherbrook to admire the elegant buildings or visit Plateau Mont-Royal for a variety of jazz bars and nightlife. This bustling city is also a hotspot for restaurants, boutiques and has extens…
When to go to Québec
From November to April, Québec's ski season is in full swing, with excellent downhill opportunities at resorts such as Mont Tremblant. Hôtel de Glace opens its doors in Québec City and activities including dog-sledding and snowmobiling are available. In summer the emphasis moves to wildlife, hiking and other outdoor pursuits in the province's national parks. The cities come alive with festivals and cosy bistros give way to al fresco dining.
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