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Quebec Travel & Holidays Guide

Capital City: Quebec City

It's European feel and its history, culture and warmth all contribute to  Québec being a favourite tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors.

The predominantly French-speaking Quebec is the largest Canadian province in size and has the second largest population. The province is unique among tourist destinations as its French heritage and culture sets the province apart.  It is the only province in Canada where French is the sole official language, having survived in the region since 1534.

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and the cultural and economic center of the province. Most international flights into eastern Canada will be destined for Montreal.  It's the third-largest French-speaking city in the world with a population of 3.6 million and a deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America.

Quebecers are renowned for their celebratory spirit and taste for festivities which manifests itself into close to 400 festivals held each year in Québec.

The events are varied and range from the major sports to cultural events and festivals, many of which attract visitors from all around the world. Numerous historical Quebec tours and events are available within the walls of Old Québec, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage treasure, and on the byways around the city. This is the place to discover 400 years of history in the cradle of French civilization in North America.

Outside of the cities, Quebec offers visitors lots of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, moose watching, canoeing, and minirafting. The sparsely populated northern reaches of the province have lots of destinations that are popular with lovers of the outdoors, hunters and anglers.

Things To See & Do

Fortifications of Québec: The only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, with close to 4.6 km of walls and imposing gates to explore. See how the city's defenses developed under the French and English regimes.

Old Québec/Dufferin Terrace: Centuries-old architecture and historic sites listed by UNESCO as a world heritage treasure. Street entertainers, singers, horse-drawn carriages and artists particularly at the open-air art gallery.

Place-Royale/Petit-Champlain District/Old Port: Period buildings and cobblestone streets plus a journey back in time at Place Royale where Samuel de Champlain founded his first settlement in 1608.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine: Visit North America's oldest pilgrimage site which attracts some one million visitors a year. Admire the hundreds of stained glass windows, the valuable art works and the golden statue of St Anne.

Montmorency Falls Park: A "must see" for nature lovers, this waterfall drops 83m, that's 30m higher than Niagra. The best views are from Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

Plains of Abraham: A site at the heart of Quebec history, the scene of a historic 1759 battle between generals Wolfe and Montcalm. Now one of the world's finest urban parks with sensational views of the St. Lawrence River and the south shore.

Wendake: Visit the world of the Huron-Wendat First Nation people and take a history tour back to the 17th century.

Parliament Hill: Québec's National Assembly convenes here in the Parliament Building, an imposing architectural treasure and a testament to the provinces' French origins.

Île d'Orléans : Preserved slice of 19th century life with historic farms, churches, and heritage homes. Lots of entertainment from the artisans and farm stalls that line the route.

Chemin du Roy: Canada's oldest highway and a link between Québec City and Montréal that dates back to 1737. A beautiful scenic route that passes through pastoral landscapes as it follows the St. Lawrence River.

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