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.
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Few cities can compete with Montréal’s mouthwatering mix of food, festivals and fun-centric living. Cuisine Capital Blessed with one of the most exciting food scenes in North America, Montréal brims with temples dedicated to Kamouraska lamb, Arctic char and, of course, poutine (fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy).