Quebec might be the most famous and popular region of Canada, renown for its fascinating history and cultural blend. Situated on the northeast corner of North America, the region is easily accessible for travelers around the world. If you plan ahead you can easily find cheap flights and enjoy this beautiful and lively French region.
While the most famous city of the region is Montreal, fewer places in Quebec offer a broader range of history, culture, and beauty than Old City does. Founded by the infamous Samuel de Champlain in 1608, the city still stands the test of time with 17th century architecture including four impassable gates fortifying the city, the Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Québec, and the Citadel. With provincial scenery, delicious restaurants, and great places to shop, Quebec City should be at the top of the list for places to go.
There is no doubt that if you’re planning a trip to Quebec you are also planning to visit Montreal. The Franco-city is perhaps the most impressive place to visit in the region, not only because of its European tendencies, but also because of its international quality, providing a cultural melting pot for a variety of cultures and religions. There are literally dozens of restaurants, tours, and tourist sites to choose from so make sure to plan ahead.
St. Lawrence River
If Montreal is the cultural icon of Quebec, then the St. Lawrence River is the geographical one. One of the longest rivers in North America, this river functions as one of the region’s natural borders, and offers a variety of exciting activities like waterskiing, jet skiing, rafting, fishing, and sailing across its choppy banks into the gulf and estuaries, where you can enjoy scenic mountain roads, or hike through the archipelago islands.
If you’re in the mood to take a drive and view some beautiful scenery, Quebec offers hundreds of routes to choose from around the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Following the natural markers of the waterways, these roads splinter off into scenic moments for everyone to enjoy. Discover a hidden hiking trail and spend the day wandering through the gorgeous countryside.
If you’re planning on visiting Quebec in the winter months, you definitely want to check out the ski lodges and resorts. Laurentides, Québec City area, and the Eastern Townships make up the three largest ski areas in Quebec, each of which offers something a little different. Laurentides is a quaint, yet beautiful, setting that is operational through every season of the year, for both winter and summer excursions and activities. If you’re staying in the city however, and just want to make a day ski trip, Quebec City has great runs not too far from the metropolitan area. The Eastern Townships offer a lovely escape from the city, and provides four immense runs for skiing and snowboarding, and is world renown for their Grand Prix snowmobiling competition held there every summer.