Canada’s largest province (and the only one for which French is the primary language), Quebec blends North American buzz with a dash of European flair.
Begin your tour of Quebec in its eponymous capital city. Quebec City, which abuts the Saint Lawrence River, and which dates to the 17th century, is rich in history with beautiful heritage architecture. Wander the walled Vieux Québec – which has UNESCO World Heritage status – and admire sights like the Château Frontenac, Place d’Armes, and ancient Place Royale. Don’t forget that Quebec City really comes alive during wintertime, when the world’s largest winter carnival comes to town. The festivities, including the International Snow Sculpture Competition, are worth a trip in their own right.
From Quebec City, it’s on to the lively, cosmopolitan Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city after Toronto. In addition to a tour exploring the classic landmarks – including the Notre Dame Basilica and the peak of Mount Royal – get a (literal) taste for the city with an indulgent, classically Canadian snack: try poutine, perhaps, or a classic Montreal bagel.
Quebec’s attractions don’t end there. Pay the Prime Minister a visit when you travel to scenic Ottawa. The Canadian capital offers riverside scenery, political clout, impressive museums, and buzzing destinations like the popular Byward Market.