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Travelling to Quebec on vacation? With Tourlane, it’s easy to book your flights, accommodations, guides, and transfers, all in one place. At its heart, Quebec is the first Canada of the old European settlements. With its unique blend of colonial history and francophone-infused contemporary culture, La Belle Province charms visitors with sophisticated urban cities, idyllic villages, and vast wild landscapes. While most visitors head to Montreal or Quebec City, you’ll also find an incredible mix of historical sites, culture, and an abundance of natural wonders waiting for you to discover. Get in touch with a Travel Expert today!
Between the food, cultural attractions, and a neverending list of festivals, there’s never a dull moment in Montreal. This fascinating city has all the glamour of a European city, complete with cobblestone streets, a French-speaking population, and an abundance of public markets, cafes, and smart boutiques. Wander through Old Montreal’s historic architecture, including its own signature Notre-Dame Basilica, and dig into the city’s history at the Pointe-à-Calliere museum. For a small taste of Paris life, head to Plateau Mont-Royal (or simply the Plateau) and stroll the Rue St. Denis.
Every Quebec tour should include a trip to Quebec City, perched on the cliffs above the mighty St. Lawrence River. This is one of North America’s oldest (and arguably the most magnificent) settlements—its splendid Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll find yourself in a living exhibition of cobblestones and colonial architecture dating back over 400 years. Walk the ancient walls of the Fortifications, visit the star-shaped fortress of the Citadel, or take a ride to the top of the Capital Observatory (Observatoire de la Capitale) for breathtaking 360-degree views.
The Gaspé Peninsula juts out 150 miles into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, deriving its name from the local native Mi’kmaq tribe’s word gespeg, which means Land’s End. Famous for its scenic coast and rugged, mountainous landscape, this peninsula is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s home to four national parks, including Forillon National Park and Gaspesie National Park, as well as the iconic Perce Rock. The bird sanctuary on Bonaventure Island with its 50,000 nesting gannets is one of the top things to do while you’re visiting Quebec.
You can only reach this wild island sitting at the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence by plane or boat, but it’s well worth the trip. Anticosti, which was once privately owned by the French chocolate baron Henri Menier, offers up some of the most beautiful and unspoiled scenery in the world. Menier’s ownership protected the island from excessive development. Today, the area is mostly wildlife reserves, except for the small village of Port-Menier, where you’ll find an abundance of wildlife, including vast herds of white-tailed deer and hundreds of bird species.
In the middle of Quebec’s tundra is an almost perfectly circular lake with extremely pure, crystal-blue fresh water—it also happens to be one of the world’s best-preserved meteor craters. Pingualuit is the legendary eye of a meteorite that plummeted to Earth over 1.4 million years ago. The lake has no inlets or outlets, and precipitation is the primary source of water. While most of Quebec’s waters are clean, Pingulait is truly in a league of its own. The salinity level here is less than three ppm, compared to the 500 ppm salinity level found in the Great Lakes. Less
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