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Québec is probably what all North America would have been like if the French had won the Seven Years' War. This eastern province has always been able to find an excuse for a party. Its historic capital, Québec City, for example, celebrates one of the world's most brutal winters with a carnival that features parades of majorettes and teams who race boats across an ice-choked river. Throughout the province, the rest of the year is full of festivals celebrating jazz, international folklore, film, classical music, fireworks, beer, and hot-air balloons. What really sets Québec apart, of course, is language. French in Québec is more than the language of love—it's the language of law, business, politics, and culture, and of more than 80% of the people.

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Montreal

Canada's most diverse metropolis, Montréal is an island city that favors style and elegance over order or even prosperity, a city where past...

Quebec City

Québec City's alluring setting atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant) evokes a past of high adventure, military history, and exploration. This French...

Charlevoix

Bordered by the Laurentian Mountains to the north, the Saguenay River to the east, and the St. Lawrence River to the south, the Charlevoix region...

Île d'Orleans

The Algonquins called it Minigo, the "Bewitched Place," and over the years the island's tranquil rural beauty has inspired poets and painters...

Mont-Tremblant

At more than 3,000 feet, Mont-Tremblant is one of the highest peaks in the Laurentians and a major draw for skiers. The resort area at the foot...

Cote de Beaupre

As legend has it, when explorer Jacques Cartier first caught sight of the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in 1535, he exclaimed, " Quel...

Sept-Iles

Viewing the workings of this major Canadian port from a waterfront boardwalk, no one would guess this was once a quiet fishing village. The...

Port Saguenay

This seaport is appreciated more for its natural beauty than for its shipping industry. While it’s interesting to see the big vessels and the...

Havre St. Pierre

A perfect launch pad for exploring the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, this attractive little town hosts the park’s information center...

Gaspe

Like many of the surrounding communities, Gaspé is quite unremarkable except for one thing—the Forillon National Park lies wholly within the...

Trois-Rivieres

Where the Rivière St. Maurice divides into three channels, the town that grew up around it came to be known as Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers...

Baie-Comeau

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Cap aux Meules, Magdalen Islands

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La Malbaie

La Malbaie, one of the province's most elegant and historically interesting resort towns, was known as Murray Bay when wealthy Anglophones summered...

Bromont

The boating, camping, golf, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing...

Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke bills itself as the Reine des Cantons de l'Est (Queen of the Eastern Townships), and with a population of more than 150,000, it...

Magog

This bustling town is at the northern tip of Lac Memphrémagog, a large body of water that reaches into northern Vermont. Its sandy beaches are...

St-Sauveur-des-Monts

Just a 45-minute drive from Montréal (or 90 minutes when the traffic's heavy, as it frequently is), St-Sauveur is probably the busiest little...

Sutton

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Ste-Adele

While Ste-Adèle is not as pretty as St-Sauveur, this town has a lot to offer, with attractions and activities to please families, outdoors...

Val David

Val-David is a major destination for mountain climbers, hikers, and campers. It's also a place that many Québec artists and artisans call home...

Baie-St-Paul

Baie-St-Paul, one of the oldest towns in the province, is popular with craftspeople, artists, and foodies. With its centuries-old mansard-roof...

Knowlton (Lac Brome)

Knowlton is the quintessential Eastern Townships resort town, with Loyalist-era buildings, old inns, great antiques shops, and enticing pastry...

Ste-Petronille

The lovely village of Ste-Pétronille, the first to be settled on Île d'Orléans, is west of the bridge to the island. Founded in 1648, the community...

Montebello

Located on the banks of the Ottawa River, this little village is best known for the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, a spectacular hotel touted...

Tadoussac

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Gatineau

This town on the northern edge of the Ottawa River is best known for the nearby Gatineau Park and the many outdoor activities that can be done...

St-Laurent de l'Île d'Orleans

Founded in 1679, St-Laurent is one of the island's maritime villages. Until as late as 1935, residents used boats as their main means of...

Parc du Mont-Orford

In addition to a multitude of year-round outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and snowmobiling, the provincial park here also...

Ste-Agathe-des-Monts

The wide, sandy beaches of Lac des Sables are the most surprising feature of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, a tourist town best known for its ski hills...

St-Jerome

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Oka

If you like apples and delicious cheese, Oka is sure to be a highlight of your trip. It was once the home of Cistercian monks, but the urban...

North Hatley

Along with Frelighsburg and Knowlton, North Hatley is undoubtedly one of Québec's prettiest villages. The small resort town on the tip of Lac...

St-Joseph-de-la-Rive

A secondary road descends sharply into St-Joseph-de-la-Rive, with its line of old houses hugging the mountain base on a narrow shore route....

St-Pierre

Established in 1679, this town is set on a plateau that has the island's most fertile land and has long been the center of traditional farming...

St-Jean

The village of St-Jean used to be occupied by river pilots and navigators. At sea most of the time, the sailors didn't need the large homes...

Notre-Dame-des-Bois

Notre-Dame-des-Bois is a sleepy little one-street village just north of the Maine border. It sits in the shadow of one of the region's tallest...

Ste-Famille

The village of Ste-Famille, founded in 1661, has exquisite scenery, including abundant apple orchards and strawberry fields with views of Côte...

Valcourt

...

St-François

Sprawling open fields separate 17th-century farmhouses in St-François, the island's least-toured and most rustic village. At the eastern tip...

Morin Heights

If St-Sauveur is too busy and overdeveloped for your liking, Morin Heights is a great alternative, with plenty of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques...

Piopolis

Named for Pope Pius IX (1792–1878), this pretty little village on the shores of Lac Mégantic was founded in 1871 by veterans of the Papal Zouaves...

Esterel and Ste-Marguerite du Lac Masson

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Abbaye St-Benoit-du-Lac

At this impressive abbey, a bell juts above the trees like a fairy-tale castle. Combine its calm and peaceful surroundings with the chance to...

Montreal

Canada's most diverse metropolis, Montréal is an island city that favors style and elegance over order or even prosperity, a city where past...

Quebec City

Québec City's alluring setting atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant) evokes a past of high adventure, military history, and exploration. This French...

Charlevoix

Bordered by the Laurentian Mountains to the north, the Saguenay River to the east, and the St. Lawrence River to the south, the Charlevoix region...

Île d'Orleans

The Algonquins called it Minigo, the "Bewitched Place," and over the years the island's tranquil rural beauty has inspired poets and painters...

Mont-Tremblant

At more than 3,000 feet, Mont-Tremblant is one of the highest peaks in the Laurentians and a major draw for skiers. The resort area at the foot...

Cote de Beaupre

As legend has it, when explorer Jacques Cartier first caught sight of the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in 1535, he exclaimed, " Quel...

Sept-Iles

Viewing the workings of this major Canadian port from a waterfront boardwalk, no one would guess this was once a quiet fishing village. The...

Port Saguenay

This seaport is appreciated more for its natural beauty than for its shipping industry. While it’s interesting to see the big vessels and the...

Havre St. Pierre

A perfect launch pad for exploring the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, this attractive little town hosts the park’s information center...

Gaspe

Like many of the surrounding communities, Gaspé is quite unremarkable except for one thing—the Forillon National Park lies wholly within the...

Trois-Rivieres

Where the Rivière St. Maurice divides into three channels, the town that grew up around it came to be known as Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers...

Baie-Comeau

...

Cap aux Meules, Magdalen Islands

...

La Malbaie

La Malbaie, one of the province's most elegant and historically interesting resort towns, was known as Murray Bay when wealthy Anglophones summered...

Bromont

The boating, camping, golf, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowshoeing...

Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke bills itself as the Reine des Cantons de l'Est (Queen of the Eastern Townships), and with a population of more than 150,000, it...

Magog

This bustling town is at the northern tip of Lac Memphrémagog, a large body of water that reaches into northern Vermont. Its sandy beaches are...

St-Sauveur-des-Monts

Just a 45-minute drive from Montréal (or 90 minutes when the traffic's heavy, as it frequently is), St-Sauveur is probably the busiest little...

Sutton

...

Ste-Adele

While Ste-Adèle is not as pretty as St-Sauveur, this town has a lot to offer, with attractions and activities to please families, outdoors...

Val David

Val-David is a major destination for mountain climbers, hikers, and campers. It's also a place that many Québec artists and artisans call home...

Baie-St-Paul

Baie-St-Paul, one of the oldest towns in the province, is popular with craftspeople, artists, and foodies. With its centuries-old mansard-roof...

Knowlton (Lac Brome)

Knowlton is the quintessential Eastern Townships resort town, with Loyalist-era buildings, old inns, great antiques shops, and enticing pastry...

Ste-Petronille

The lovely village of Ste-Pétronille, the first to be settled on Île d'Orléans, is west of the bridge to the island. Founded in 1648, the community...

Montebello

Located on the banks of the Ottawa River, this little village is best known for the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, a spectacular hotel touted...

Tadoussac

...

Gatineau

This town on the northern edge of the Ottawa River is best known for the nearby Gatineau Park and the many outdoor activities that can be done...

St-Laurent de l'Île d'Orleans

Founded in 1679, St-Laurent is one of the island's maritime villages. Until as late as 1935, residents used boats as their main means of...

Parc du Mont-Orford

In addition to a multitude of year-round outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, fishing, and snowmobiling, the provincial park here also...

Ste-Agathe-des-Monts

The wide, sandy beaches of Lac des Sables are the most surprising feature of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, a tourist town best known for its ski hills...

St-Jerome

...

Oka

If you like apples and delicious cheese, Oka is sure to be a highlight of your trip. It was once the home of Cistercian monks, but the urban...

North Hatley

Along with Frelighsburg and Knowlton, North Hatley is undoubtedly one of Québec's prettiest villages. The small resort town on the tip of Lac...

St-Joseph-de-la-Rive

A secondary road descends sharply into St-Joseph-de-la-Rive, with its line of old houses hugging the mountain base on a narrow shore route....

St-Pierre

Established in 1679, this town is set on a plateau that has the island's most fertile land and has long been the center of traditional farming...

St-Jean

The village of St-Jean used to be occupied by river pilots and navigators. At sea most of the time, the sailors didn't need the large homes...

Notre-Dame-des-Bois

Notre-Dame-des-Bois is a sleepy little one-street village just north of the Maine border. It sits in the shadow of one of the region's tallest...

Ste-Famille

The village of Ste-Famille, founded in 1661, has exquisite scenery, including abundant apple orchards and strawberry fields with views of Côte...

Valcourt

...

St-François

Sprawling open fields separate 17th-century farmhouses in St-François, the island's least-toured and most rustic village. At the eastern tip...

Morin Heights

If St-Sauveur is too busy and overdeveloped for your liking, Morin Heights is a great alternative, with plenty of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques...

Piopolis

Named for Pope Pius IX (1792–1878), this pretty little village on the shores of Lac Mégantic was founded in 1871 by veterans of the Papal Zouaves...

Esterel and Ste-Marguerite du Lac Masson

...

Abbaye St-Benoit-du-Lac

At this impressive abbey, a bell juts above the trees like a fairy-tale castle. Combine its calm and peaceful surroundings with the chance to...

Side Trips from Montreal

In the minds of many who live here, one of Montréal’s greatest attributes is its proximity to the sheer physical beauty of the surrounding...

Side Trips from Quebec City

Experience a deeper understanding of this region's history and culture by venturing outside the city. In addition to the beauty of Montmorency...

The Eastern Townships

The Eastern Townships (also known as les Cantons de l'Est, and formerly as l'Estrie) refers to the southeast corner of the province of Québec...

The Laurentians

The Laurentians (les Laurentides) range is a delightful year-round destination for getting outdoors, whether it's for golf and white-water rafting...

The Outaouais

First settled in the mid-19th century and long known for its logging, the Outaouais (pronounced: ewt–away) region is now a nature lover’s paradise...

Cote de Beaupre and Île d'Orleans

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