Quebec

Deeply rooted in the soil of North America and fiercely proud of its French heritage, Quebec is a delightful blend of the Old and New World. Its enthusiastic and friendly people are known for their passion, spontaneity and unique joie de vivre. Quebec has a population of approximately eight million people, the vast majority of whom live in the vicinity of the St. Lawrence river, one of the largest rivers in the world. Quebec is graced with an incredible variety of landscapes.

Solidly based in French cuisine, Quebec’s gastronomic identity also draws on a unique combination of influences — Aboriginal know-how, British traditions, ethnic flavours — underscored by lots of creative flair! Quebecers enjoy fine dining and having a good time, as can be seen from the very busy calendar of festivals and other events.

Explore the four corners of Quebec from four different perspectives: summer, autumn, winter and spring. Bask under the sun’s summer rays, feast your eyes on autumn’s vivid hues, revel in the white delight that is winter or get caught up in spring fever. Four spectacular seasons in which to fall in love with Quebec! The 28 parks are bursting with an incredible diversity of landscapes and sites with a range of activities to get the most out of nature.

Map of Canada, highlighting Quebec

Quebec City

As capital of the province, Quebec City was founded in 1608 and is the cradle of French civilisation in North America, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Exploring Old Quebec on foot is like travelling back in time! Stroll its sloping streets, wander along ramparts or the fortifications themselves and take in the breathtaking views of the St-Lawrence river. Not to be missed is the famous Chateau Frontenac, the world's most photographed hotel! Immerse yourself in the opulence and European charm of Quebec City, unrivalled for its quaint and vibrant atmosphere!

Quebec City has the good fortune of being surrounded by strikingly beautiful natural sites and lovely bike routes. Its region is brimming with exceptional natural parks, like Montmorency waterfalls and pretty heritage villages.

Winter evening in Old Quebec
Jean-Francois Bergeron

Montreal

One of the world’s largest French-speaking cities, Montreal is also a melting pot of cultures from the world over, as witnessed by its mosaic of ethnic neighbourhoods and the diversity of its restaurants. An island city that’s open to the world, Montreal is a lively town that’s always ready for a party! Winter and summer alike, Montrealers like nothing more than a good festival. Topping the list are the Festival International de Jazz, Just for Laughs Festival, L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec (fireworks competition) and Montreal en Lumiere. In fact, there are over 150 major events throughout the year!

Soak up the romance of Old Montreal, brimming with shops, cosy bistros and art galleries. The Notre-Dame Basilica and its breathtaking interior, is an absolute must-see spot in Old Montreal. The nearby Pointe-a-Calliere Museum is the best way to get acquainted with the city’s history.

Another must for visitors: the Olympic Park, which in addition to its iconic stadium, features the Montreal Tower, the Biodome, Planetarium and the nearby Botanical Garden, second largest in the world!

To be discovered are the 30 kilometers of corridors and shopping arcades that constitute Montreal’s 'underground city', which connect some 2,000 shops, hotels, restaurants, cinemas, transport stations and buildings. Some 500,000 people use this vast pedestrian network daily, sheltered from the weather’s worst.

Montreal at night

The Infinity Experience

City Walls
The UNESCO World Heritage treasure of Old Quebec and its cobblestone streets, is the only North American walled city north of Mexico.