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Say Bonjour to Quebec

Canada’s Quebec province, the largest by area and rich in history, is woven from the fabric of French heritage and the diverse cultures of the First Nations, crafting a distinct and lively cultural tapestry. From the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec, resonating with the allure of ancient Europe, to the untamed wilderness of the northern territories, Quebec captivates and enthralls.

Quebec’s landscape is a dramatic collage of deep forests, sprawling tundra and majestic rivers, home to an array of wildlife including the elusive Canadian lynx, the majestic moose and the iconic snowy owl. The province’s national parks, like the breathtaking Gaspésie and the serene Jacques-Cartier, offer sanctuary not just for wildlife but also for the human spirit seeking solace and adventure.

The soul of Quebec, however, lies in its people and their “joie de vivre.” Celebrations of music, art, and gastronomy, like the vibrant Quebec Winter Carnival and the internationally acclaimed Montreal Jazz Festival, showcase the province’s love for life.

The province’s commitment to preserving its Francophone culture, while also celebrating its multicultural makeup, makes it a unique destination for groups looking for an unmatched diversity of experiences.

Essential Destinations

Quebec City

From its charming boutiques to its picturesque views of the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is a blend of history and romance. The Old Quebec area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the heart and soul of the city, with its historic architecture, cobblestone streets and the iconic Château Frontenac. Peek into the past at the Plains of Abraham, the site of pivotal battles that shaped Canada (and now a sprawling park hosting concerts and cultural events) or wander through the Petit Champlain district, where the quaint streets are lined with artisan shops and cozy eateries.


Montreal is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city known for its diverse culture and arts scene. This charm extends to its world-class museums like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Biodome, where art and nature are showcased side by side. The city is also famous for its festivals, food (you must try the bagels and poutine!) and the beautiful Mount Royal Park, which offers stunning views of the city skyline. Montreal’s soul is best explored through its eclectic neighborhoods — whether it’s the lively atmosphere of the Jean-Talon and Atwater markets or the buzzing Mile End district with its hip coffee shops, vintage boutiques and vibrant music scene.

The Gaspé Peninsula (Gaspésie)

This northeastern nook of Quebec is a dream destination for those who love the great outdoors. Here the mountains meet the sea, offering breathtaking landscapes, rugged cliffs and charming coastal villages. The highlight is the Percé Rock, an impressive rock formation emerging dramatically from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In the peninsula’s quaint villages, traditional Quebecois culture is not just preserved but vibrantly alive. The art of weaving woolen crafts and the age-old tradition of smoking herring continue, offering a glimpse into the region’s rich heritage. Nature enthusiasts will also love Forillon National Park, a haven for hiking, wildlife viewing and kayaking.

Faith Highlights: Set along the picturesque shores of the Saint Lawrence River, the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in North America. Dedicated to Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus, the shrine is known for its miraculous healings, and many pilgrims visit to seek Saint Anne’s intercession. The basilica itself is a marvel filled with beautiful mosaics, stained glass and sculptures.

Historic Experience: Located just outside Montreal, Île-des-Moulins in Terrebonne is one of Quebec’s most significant industrial and rural heritage sites. Nestled along the Mille Îles River, this historic gem offers a glimpse into the lives of early Quebec settlers with its preserved mills, ancestral homes and bakeries from the 18th century. Groups can join guided tours and various cultural activities.

Signature Flavor: Poutine, Quebec’s beloved dish, combines crispy fries, squeaky cheese curds or smoked meats, and velvety gravy into the ultimate comfort food. Created in the 1950s, this culinary staple has inspired countless variations across Quebec, each offering a unique taste of the province’s rich culinary heritage. From the traditional recipe to creative renditions featuring luxurious lobster, Poutine can be enjoyed as a late-night snack or a main course.

Just for Fun: Nothing says Quebec like a whale-watching adventure in the majestic Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, where the vast, open waters become a stage for the breathtaking ballet of whales. From the gentle giants of the deep to the playful dolphins and curious seals, this experience is a great way to connect visitors with the awe-inspiring beauty of the local marine life.