Québec is truly the dutiful daughter of its European motherland: a pristine green of pasture and towering forest, sprinkled with bronze church spires and picture perfect sidewalk cafés. But she is also the vivacious rebel of French chic, liberal attitude, sinfully delicious cuisine and beautiful people. Unlike their ancestors across the Atlantic, Quebecers know how to have their cake and eat it too – washed down with a steamy bowl of café au lait at a mere fraction of the cost.
Not only are prices refreshingly reasonable, but you’ll find the Québécois as vibrant and inviting as the colorful Victorian facades, lush rolling hills and romantic bistros strewn across this magnificent province. And it’s a Canadian province, so we’re never too far away from nature, proudly paraded in protected parks, majestic mountain ranges and windswept rugged coastlines.
And what diversity! Montréal and Québec City are bustling metropolises with a perfect mixture of sophistication and playfulness and history-soaked preserved quarters tucked away in their back pockets. The rustic allures of old Québec are scattered among the Eastern Townships, and produce from the farmlands surrounding bucolic Charlevoix graces the tables of the region’s stellar restaurants. The Laurentians abound with ski resorts and peaks, while the jagged coasts of the unblemished Gaspé Peninsula and the cliffs soaring high above the Saguenay River are equally as breathtaking. Those with a thirst for the extraordinary find the Far North an enchanting getaway.
Cheese travel: tips from a cheesemonger
Gordon Edgar is the cheese buyer for San Francisco’s famous Rainbow Grocery Cooperative (rainbow.coop), a store that is well-known by Bay Area food-lovers for having an amazingly well-stocked and diverse cheese selection.
Québec destination guides
Historically Montréal, the only de facto bilingual city on the continent, has been torn right in half, the ‘Main’ (Blvd St-Laurent) being the dividing line between the eastend Francophones and the west-side Anglos.
Where to go in winter
The rewards for braving the cold are many. The Northern Hemisphere offers wonderful winter travel, with fewer crowds than in the summer months. A dusting of snow makes anywhere look charming, and it’s the one time of year when you can get away with wearing seriously nasty jumpers.
Ice Wine Tour from Montreal with Exclusive Winery Access
Delight your taste buds with this small-group wine-tasting tour from Montreal to Quebec wine country. This tour is a unique winter experience that reveals the secrets behind one of the region’s world-renowned products: ice wine. You’ll take exclusive tours of three wineries, take an ice wine cocktail-mixing class, enjoy wine tastings, and savor a gourmet lunch.
Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec
Explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Quebec City on a half-day sightseeing tour to magnificent Montmorency Falls - higher than Niagara Falls - and the pilgrimage shrine of Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré. With a choice of morning or afternoon tours, you'll see Quebec's spectacular countryside and visit interesting sites along the way.
A coastal Québec road trip
It is hard to leave the soulful plazas and glass-clinking cafes of Québec City, but a journey beyond the walled town brings big rewards. Blue whales, rustic alehouses and roadside ateliers bob up within a four-hour, shore-clasping drive northeast.
Sights in Québec
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Join down-to-earth locals in the charming cobbled streets of this francophone city.