Holidays in Quebec allow you to experience both the classic Canadian wilderness and vibrant urban living. This is the world’s largest French-speaking province, and the unique Quebecois culture provides a European feel you won’t find elsewhere in North America.
Montreal is one of Canada’s most creative and interesting cities, boasting a bustling bar and restaurant scene, including the legendary Joe Beef - famed for its muscular interpretation of traditional French cuisine. At the centre of the city looms Mont Royal, the mountain for which the city is named. You can ascend to the observation point for a breath-taking view, before taking a leisurely stroll around the buzzing and artistic neighbourhood of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.
Quebec City is Quebec’s capital and boasts stately French colonial architecture amid its fascinating heritage. Quebeu is worth visiting for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Quebec alone. If you prefer wildlife over history, you can opt for a responsible whale watching adventure just three hours north of the city in pretty Tadoussac, which is situated at the confluence of the Saguenay River and the Saint Lawrence Estuary.
Quebec holidays: the best of both worlds
For your dose of pristine wilderness head to the Saguenay Fjord National Park and Lac Saint-Jean, the summer home to one of the world’s largest populations of beluga whales. You can venture on one of the many cycling trails that track the edges, or cruise the waterways by riverboat. In the winter, Quebec holidays offer world class skiing at Mont Tremblant, and you can reach this attractive mountain resort in under two hours from Montreal. Spend your slumber in one of the quality hotels that provide solitude on their nature trails, and an excellent social après ski scene. If you’re a golf lover then you’ll be pleased to know that Mont Tremblant has some of Canada’s finest golf courses. The shopping village provides an opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy too.
At the edge of the Province of Quebec you can explore the Eastern Townships, home to rolling farmland, maple sugar plantations and apple orchards. Why not venture to one of the local vineyards that produce superb wines? The lakes and mountains of the Eastern Townships offer hiking in the summer and excellent skiing in the winter.
Great sample itineraries
Quebec sits at the eastern edge of Canada and borders the equally distinctive provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador. Plan your bespoke multicentre Quebec holiday today and get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries. With so many options for your Quebec holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
Eastern Journey Canada Tour
Canada Road Trip Niagara Falls
From big city sights, fascinating history and incredible French cuisine to hiking and biking the backcountry or cruising the St. Lawrence River - there is never a shortage of things to experience in Québec. Get off the beaten track and try something completely different and unique to this region. Below are just a few suggestions of our favourite experiences in Québec.
The stunning rolling countryside in Québec is to be seen to be believed. Picture idyllic villages and towns nestled among vibrant blue lakes and rivers and surrounded by miles of lush green forests and fields. Head to the Eastern Townships to meet the friendly locals as you shop for locally grown produce or stay in a cosy wood lodge in the heart of the Laurentians - an area famed for its outstanding natural beauty. With more National Parks than any other province, so head out and explore incredible sights, abundant and diverse wildlife and breath taking scenery
There is nothing better than observing magnificent and diverse wildlife in their natural habitats - in Québec you'll have a front row seat to see all of the incredible species on display. Hit the water on a boat cruise to see whales, seals, dolphins and porpoises in the St. Lawrence Estuary or take a hiking trail through the forests and parks to spot beavers, black bears, moose, caribou and more.
Uncover Québec's gourmet culinary heritage, across the province there are a myriad of food festivals, diverse, local flavours and lesser-known treasures to be savoured. Visit a traditional sugar shack to sample and watch the production of maple syrup or tour the microbreweries and wineries throughout Québec's back country, many are often paired with excellent farm-to-fork cuisine. no trip to Québec would be complete without trying its famous dish, Poutine - traditionally a combination of chips, gravy and cheese curds, it now comes with a variety of additional toppings from lobster to filet mignon.
Though Québec may be vast, it is so easy to get around the province whether you are travelling between cities or heading out into the countryside and parks. Hire a car to drive the picturesque St Lawrence Trail through the Charlevoix region or hop on the VIA Rail to connect between Montréal and Québec City in less than 4 hours or even to travel down to Ontario's big cities. If you're looking to do something different, hire a motorhome and travel around the breath taking Townships Trail at your own pace or sail along the majestic St. Lawrence River a river cruise to New England.
When it comes to adventure, Québec has it covered. No matter the season, there is always something to see, do and enjoy. Take advantage of the warm weather in summer and explore the hiking and cycling trails through the mountain forests in Mont Tremblant or the truly daring can take the zip line course from the top of the mountain all the way down to the base village. Winter sees Québec transform into a picture perfect winter wonderland with cross-country and downhill skiing and snowboarding, dog-sledding and snowmobiling being the best ways of viewing the snowy scenes.
“Quebec's National Holiday on the 24th June has been celebrated in the province since the 1600s. It’s a great time to visit the region and soak up that unique Quebecois culture. Expect a fanfare of fireworks, shows, parades and bonfires. Montreal or Quebec City both host the largest and most spirited celebrations.”
“If you love wildlife then head to Tadoussac for a unique whale watching boat cruise. If you’re lucky you’ll get to spot minke, humpback and even the rare blue whale. The vast majority of whales travel through the area from May to November, although blue whales and belugas can usually be seen all year round. A visit to Quebec in September or October will ensure you can take advantage of lower visitor numbers.”
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Quebec holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie hotspots and dishes.
Tourtiere is a hearty layered French-Canadian pie originating from the Province of Quebec. The filling tends to differ slightly across the region but commonly consists of beef, pork or salmon. It provides excellent ballast for when you’re enjoying winter sports.
This rich rillette style spread of cretons is traditionally made from ground pork shoulder seasoned with milk and onions. It’s often served as a starter at dinner or with toast during breakfast.
Quebec pea soup is a favourite for the locals, and is made using yellow split peas and ham hock, peppered with an array of seasonings. As with most food from the region, this pea soup is serious comfort food for the harsh climes.
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