Quebec

Canada
Le Château Frontenac showing heritage architecture

This French-speaking inland province is the birthplace of poutine, Cirque du Soleil and Arcade Fire. Here art thrives in some of the New World’s oldest cities.

Since the 1500s when Jacques Cartier landed, Québec has been Canada’s French enclave. Today, the province maintains French as its official language. It features a classically French focus on cuisine, art and grand architecture. Visit Québec’s two main cities for a sense of Paris within the Canadian woods.

Tour Québec City, the province’s capital, for the purest experience of old Québec. Today the city feels more like a European capital than a frontier port town. Browse the cobblestone alleys of the Old Town. The Château Frontenac is one of the city’s main monuments, a castle-like grand hotel towering over the port, while the 1886 Hôtel du Parlement is equally as grand. At the heart of Québec City is La Citadelle, a geometric fort that has guarded the city for centuries. In the nearby city of Baie-Saint-Paul, the theatrical group Cirque du Soleil got its start in the 1980s.

If Québec City is the historic political capital of Québec, Montréal is the contemporary cultural capital. This bohemian city of university students and artists features some of the province’s liveliest neighborhoods, museums, cuisine and parties. Eat French-Canadian specialties such as maple syrup-glazed salmon or poutine, made of potato, cheese and gravy. Gather around young artists in colorful neighborhoods like the Plateau-Mont-Royal or the Quartier Latin. Listen to the rock band Arcade Fire in their hometown. In summer, head to the Quartier des Spectacles or the St. Lawrence River islands to participate in one of hundreds of annual festivals, including the Montréal Jazz Festival.

Québec’s vast northern region extends to the Hudson Strait. Visit the far-north region of Nunavik, where a large Inuit population lives on the tundra. The regional highlight is Pingualuit National Park, centered on a 2.1-mile (3.4-kilometer) meteorite crater filled with the water of a brilliant blue lake.

Arrive in Québec via international airports in Québec City or Montréal. During winter, the province’s heavy snow can make travel difficult, so arrive from June to mid-September for the best weather.

Popular cities in Quebec

Montreal showing a bay or harbour, a high-rise building and a city
Montreal
Known for Museums, Live music and Art
The City of a Hundred Steeples charms with its French identity, year-round festivals, and one of the most lovingly preserved historic city centers in North America.

Reasons to visit

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Old Port of Montreal
  • Jean-Talon Market
Parks Canada\'s Dufferin Terrace featuring general coastal views, château or palace and landscape views
Quebec
Known for Historical, Museums and Cafes
Explore the charming capital city of the Canadian province of Québec, and its surrounding nature, to discover a little piece of France in North America.

Reasons to visit

  • Old Port Quebec City
  • Le Château Frontenac
  • Quartier Petit Champlain
Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort featuring landscape views, snow skiing and snow
Mont-Tremblant
Known for Small town, Cross-country skiing and Lakes
Nestled in Canada’s Laurentian Mountains is an alpine resort that has year-round outdoor adventures, picturesque landscapes and music festivals.

Reasons to visit

  • Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort
  • Express Gondola
  • Cabriolet Ski Lift
Trois-Rivieres featuring night scenes, nightlife and street scenes
Trois-Rivieres
Known for River view, Historical and Flowers
With a pretty riverside setting between Montréal and Québec City, this fascinating city offers unique historic and cultural attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • Laviolette Park
  • Ursulines Museum
Sherbrooke showing a bridge
Sherbrooke
Known for Friendly people, Dining and Trendy
Glorious parks, rivers and beaches and boundless outdoor adventures welcome visitors to this lively city in the heart of Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

Reasons to visit

  • Jacques-Cartier Park