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Travel to Quebec, for everything French in Canada

A land of wide open spaces, this part of Canada offers a trip that is rich in contrasts. From the multicultural hub of Montreal to the desolate Arctic tundras in the north, Quebec is an adventure waiting to happen.
  • Quebec, Canada
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  • Quebec, Canada
    © iStockphoto.com / Kevin Miller
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Canada

Opening on to the Saint Lawrence River in the south, those who travel to Quebec will find considerable diversity in its landscape, sprinkled with innumerable lakes and rivers. From the US border to the Arctic, the province has dozens of towns and villages and numerous national parks. With temperatures varying between -40°C and 30°C, these different landscapes change colour according to the season, allowing a new discovery of the country on each trip.

Quebec: the key figures

Surface area : 595391.0 km2

Population : 7750504 inhabitants

Time difference : -5hrs

  • Each season provides fantastic sceneries and activities: Quebec is a recommended tourist destination all year round.
  • A wonderful Indian summer.
  • This is an immense territory needing at least two week's holiday for one to become submerged in Quebec's natural surroundings and culture.
  • Although this is an affordable destination, it is not very geared towards backpackers (lodging, travel and food requiring more than £20 pd/pp).

Quebec: what to visit?

Landscapes

  • The Canadian Shield , Canada
    The Canadian Shield
  • The Saint Lawrence River , The St. Lawrence, Canada , Canada
    The Saint Lawrence River
  • The Eastern Townships , Eastern Townships , Canada
    The Eastern Townships
  • The Laurentides, Canada, The Laurentides, Landscapes, Montreal, Quebec
    The Laurentides
  • The Saguenay , The Saguenay, Canada , Canada
    The Saguenay
  • The Montmorency River , The bridges of Montmorency , Canada
    The Montmorency River
  • The region of Lanaudière , The Lanaudière region, Canada , Canada
    The region of Lanaudière
  • The region of Lanaudière , The Lanaudière region, Canada , Canada

Coasts

  • The Gaspésie peninsula , The Gaspésie Peninsula, Canada , Canada
    The Gaspésie peninsula
  • The Madeleine islands , The Magdalen Islands , Canada
    The Madeleine islands
  • The Madeleine islands , The Magdalen Islands , Canada

The fauna and flora

  • The tundra , The Tundra, Quebec, Canada , Canada
    The tundra
  • The sub-Arctic forest , The subarctic forest , Canada
    The sub-Arctic forest
  • The mixed forests of the Saint Lawrence , The mixed forests of the St. Lawrence , Canada
    The mixed forests of the Saint Lawrence
  • The Bonaventure reserve , The Bonaventure Reserve , Canada
    The Bonaventure reserve
  • The Bonaventure reserve , The Bonaventure Reserve , Canada

Arts and culture

  • American Indian Arts , American Indian Arts, Canada , Canada
    American Indian Arts
  • Inuit art , Inuit art, Canada , Canada
    Inuit art
  • Le Planétarium de Montréal , Canada
    Le Planétarium de Montréal
  • Le Musée Grèvin , Canada
    Le Musée Grèvin
  • Mozaïculture , Canada
    Mozaïculture
  • les Francofolies de Montréal , Canada
    les Francofolies de Montréal
  • Fête d'Halloween , Canada
    Fête d'Halloween
  • Fête d'Halloween , Canada

Activities and leisure

  • Summer activities , Summer activities in Quebec , Canada
    Summer activities
  • Winter activities , Winter activities in Quebec , Canada
    Winter activities
  • Winter activities , Winter activities in Quebec , Canada

Quebec: what to buy?

Other products you should not miss include maple syrup and its derivatives, like butter spread. You will find this all over Quebec, however, Beauce and Bois-Francs are still the two main producing regions. Beers from Quebec will be popular with enthusiasts. La Maudite and La Fin du monde are produced by the singer-brewer Robert Charlebois. Indian craftwork offers nice souvenirs such as trapper's shoes, peace pipes, moccasins, jewels and skins. Go directly into the reservations, it is nicer, and the money goes directly to the producers! The shops are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Wednesday, from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays, and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays. The corner shops (local grocery shops) are open until later, and are sometimes 24/24h.

Quebec: what to eat?

The cooking in Quebec is very similar to that of France or the United States. There are, however, some typical dishes, such as pig's trotters stew, ham with maple syrup, or beans with bacon. The meat pie is a dish consisting of all types of meat, usually a mixture of pork and veal. Potted meat can be served for breakfast. Soups are regularly served as a starter. Pea soup is the most common. Chinese pâté, a gratin of mashed potatoes, corn and minced meat, was served to the Asian workers during the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway. Very nourishing! As a dessert, you will find sugar, pecan, or blueberry pies.

Quebec: what are the cultural particularities?

A custom typical of Quebec happens at the beginning of the thaw, when the Quebec people go into the countryside to spend a day at the sugar cabin. At this time, the sap rises in the trees and the maples are notched to draw it off. After a lunch of eggs in maple syrup and fried bacon, the Quebec people start to taste the sap drawn off. The maple syrup is withdrawn and boiled, and then put on the snow while still hot and consumed with small sticks.
The carnival is a privileged festive moment. Organised in February, in the dead of winter, it warms hearts with numerous festivities and a very lively atmosphere.

Quebec: travel tips

Some restaurants do not have a licence to sell alcohol. When indicated on the window, you may take in your own alcoholic drinks.
Like the United States, Quebec is more of a non-smoking country. There are smoking and non-smoking areas in restaurants, however, most of the bed and breakfasts and gites are non-smoking. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, smokers!

Quebec: Latest hotel reviews
  • 9.55 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Chateau Frontenac
    Quebec Ville - Canada
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    As far as prestige is concerned, staying at the Chateau Frontenac ...

  • 9.1 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Sacacomie
    Saint-Alexis-des-Monts - Canada
    Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    An extensive log chalet, meeting place of the Quebecois jet-set ...

  • 9.0 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Ritz-Carlton Montréal
    Montreal - Canada
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    One of the best hotels in Montreal, the Ritz-Carlton was entirely ...

  • 8.55 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal
    Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Queen Elisabeth deserves its reputation as one of the most ...

  • 8.35 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Auberge du Baluchon
    Saint-Paulin - Canada
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Rivers, little bridges, waterfalls, a windmill and a sugar shack, ...

  • 8.35 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Manoir Saint-Sauveur
    St Sauveur-des-Monts - Canada
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Very smartly decorated in the common areas, enriched with a high-standard ...

  • 8.3 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Station Duchesnay
    Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier - Canada

    This former forestry school, converted into a hotel in 1999, ...

  • 8.2 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Hotel Le Germain
    Montreal - Canada
    Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    A chic hotel hidden away in a charmless building. People come ...

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