- 03 Distinct Heritage Cultures: French, English, and First Nations
- 37 Downhill Ski Areas
- 1.5 million+ square kilometres
Ride in a horse-drawn carriage, stroll antique alleys, snap to the beat of a jazz festival—and eat, eat, eat. Stroll through Montréal, Québec City, or smaller communities tossing your scarf with the nonchalance of a local. Practice your French phrases—even “bonjour” and “merci” earn you points with the locals. Step back four centuries onto Québec City’s cobblestone streets inside the last standing fortified city walls in North America. Marvel at how Quebec people embrace the seasons—even giving winter its own festival. Discover the astonishing creativity of a culture that spawned Cirque du Soleil and continually innovates in the arts. Food defines much of what is extraordinary about Quebec’s French-Canadian culture. Taste maple taffy on snow or tourtière. Quebec’s fine chefs are famous for their devotion to cooking with the region’s freshest, finest home-grown products. Bon appétit!
- Ski or board at magical Mont Tremblant, for the past 15 years named the #1 Ski Resort in eastern North America by Ski Magazine.
- Take a coasteering tour at resort La Salicorne, and literally play in the waves and shoreline caves of Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
- Go 20,000 back into the Ice Age and explore inside a glacier.
- Cycle or hike with a dose of luxury in the remote Gaspe region.
- Go multi-sensory exploring art, architecture, and gardens at Les Jardins de Métis.
- Join Montréal’s creative community by exploring this UNESCO "city of design's" architecture, art galleries and museums—cap it off with a circus show at innovative La Tohu.
- Immerse yourself in learning at four Montréal science museums with experiences from around the globe and out of this world.
- Feel like royalty as you slumber in the castle-like Chateau Frontenac in Québec City.
- Tap into a virtual universe at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.
- Montréal’s Underground City offers 30 km of indoor urban heaven.
Arts & Culture
- Celebrate the joys of winter—even snow “swimming”—at Quebec Winter Carnival in Québec City.
- Open your ears to the dazzling roster of musicians at the Montréal International Jazz Festival, which includes free concerts!
- Learn the history about where two cultures collided at the Plains of Abraham.
- Meet a new-to-you culture: the Atikamekw First Nations.
- Immerse yourself in a festival of things French Canadian.
Food & Drink
- Sip and savour: learn food heritage on a Québec City walking tour.
- Sample the wines and local foods of Eastern Townships and countryside.
- After a night on the town, sink your teeth into a smoked meat (beef) sandwich, Montréal’s unique version of a brined meat.
- Feel seriously sweet in a maple sugar shack.
- Dine riverside on cuisine inspired by the Huron-Wendat first nations at Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations.
Nature & Wildlife
- Go sub-Arctic in style: journey to see the animals of the far north.
- Go fishing or hunting with a guide in the Laurentian Mountains—or just hunt with your camera!
- What’s under water? You’ll find out at Exploramer.
- Encouter wildlife of the Saguenay River Fjord by kayak.
- Become an angler of the far north as you fish for trout and char at Rapid Lake Lodge.
- Summer months can be hot in southern Quebec, with temperatures generally in the mid to upper 20°C's. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the many riverside beaches, mountain hiking, city restaurant patios, and festivals.
- Autumn in Quebec brings colourful leaves, with temperatures in the south gradually falling from around 17°C to freezing—it’s a popular time for leaf viewing from cruise ships.
- Winter can bring plenty of snow, with temperatures generally well-below freezing. Play at Quebec’s several ski resorts, join in Winter Carnival, or even go dog sledding.
- Spring sees average temperatures rise from around 7°C to 19°C; as Québec City’s Ice Hotel melts away Montréal’s public Bixi bikes become available.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Area: 1,667,926 sq km (643,990 sq mi)
Cities: Québec City, the capital, and Montréal, Canada’s 2nd largest city
Population: 7.4 million
Flower: Blue Flag Iris
Motto: Je me souviens (I remember)
Language: French & English (French predominent)
- The cities are vibrant year-round, and especially busy during the summer.
- Anytime there’s a festival (which is any time).
- Winter sports generally run from early late November into April.
- Cruise ship season peaks in autumn when the fall colours are vibrant on the trees.
- Quebec is located in eastern North America. Montréal’s International Airport (YUL) has service from many destinations. Québec City's International Airport(YQB) also has an airport with substantial service. Visitors to Gatineau generally arrive into the Ottawa International Airport(YOW), across the river in the province of Ontario.
- Southern Québec’s cities are serviced well by train.