Every year, you are thousands of French people coming to visit Quebec, French-speaking province of Canada. Whether it’s for these grandiose landscapes, its big cities or its American-style way of life, more and more tourists are choosing to go to caribou country.
Montreal Quebec tourist attractions
As big as 3 times France, no doubt you will not be bored for a second during your trip to Quebec. The most difficult being as often to know what to do! And yes, places of interest are not lacking in Quebec.
In order to help you prepare your stay, I have prepared a guide for you in Quebec. Here are the best activities to do and see during your stay in the Belle Province.
We begin this top of things to do with the most visited city of Quebec, Montreal. And for good reason, there is a multitude of things to do and see in the city.
Here is a quick tour of Montreal’s places of interest:
The Mount Royal district is known for being a very lively area with many bars, restaurants, and shops. Typical houses with colorful facades and with their external staircase make it a place to walk privileged tourists.
Mont-Royal Park has several shaded trails that allow you to walk in the cool and admire many views of the city of Montreal. Do not miss to visit the Mont-Royal lookout to enjoy a panorama of the city center. In summer, it is also the perfect place to picnic by the beaver lake, an artificial lake surrounded by a play-ground for children and tourist facilities such as a bar and restaurant with a terrace. And finally, you will see many squirrels very curious and not shy. A must for your stay in Quebec!
Old Montreal, including the Notre-Dame Basilica, Jacques Cartier Square and the Bonsecours Market
The botanical garden and twenty thematic gardens Saint Joseph’s Oratory, an essential building for its architecture
A stay in Quebec must go with the visit of Quebec City, the provincial capital of the same name. Partly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a more European type than Montreal, it feels like home at once!
Do not miss in Quebec:
- The Chateau Frontenac, emblematic place of the city
- The oldest neighborhood in North America, the Petit-Champlain with its Place Royale and its pretty pedestrian streets
- Take a stroll along the Dufferin Terrace to admire the view of the St. Lawrence River and Ile d’Orleans
The citadel of Quebec and its fortifications
Attend the Quebec Carnival
If you are in Quebec between late-January and mid-February, you can attend one of Quebec’s major events, the Quebec Carnival.
The Quebec Carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world. It is held every year in Quebec City and attracts thousands of visitors.
The program consists of a wide range of activities: an international ice sculpture competition, a parade of floats and night parade, the famous snow bath, the ice-boat race and, of course, more traditional activities such as only giant games, skating, sledding etc.
And above all, do not leave without taking a picture with the Quebec carnival mascot called Bonhomme Carnaval. White as snow and wearing a red tuque you can not miss it.
The fall of Montmorency
It is 40 minutes from Quebec city is the fall of Montmorency, a place not to be missed in the province of Quebec.
With a fall of 83 meters, it is higher than Niagara Falls. The site is particularly impressive in all seasons and especially in winter because it happens that the fall is completely frozen.
Several points of view allow to contemplate it from every angle. They are accessible in different ways: by cable car, by the panoramic staircase and by crossing the suspension bridge. And for those who are looking for a little adrenaline, you will find on the site of the fall, a zip line of 300 meters and a via Ferrata.
Watch the whales at Tadoussac
Quebec is one of the best places to observe these marine mammals, then it would be a shame not to enjoy on your trip. It is also one of the most popular activities for both the population and tourists. The best observation period is from May to October.
There are several regions to admire but the one where you will most likely see the whales is the North Shore and especially Tadoussac, a small village at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence.
From here you can choose between several types of excursions: boat, zodiac or sea kayak for the bravest and the less cautious! Most boat cruises last about 3 hours but only have 2 hours of the zodiac. The plus of the small boat: the sensation of proximity with the whales is impressive but you will have the interest to cover you well.
Boats, on the other hand, have the advantage of having covered spaces and offer catering services. However, you will not be in a small committee to enjoy the show.
A little idea of the rates:
- 3-hour cruise on a large boat (about one hundred passengers): $ 70 per person
- 2-hour zodiac trip (between 10 and 30 passengers): $ 60 per person
- 2-hour sea kayaking trip: $ 70 per person
Fall in Quebec
Fall in Quebec will make you see all the colors. From the end of September, the landscapes are painted with their orange and red colors and turn into a real postcard. It is then the ideal season to make beautiful hikes. It’s really a great season for a circuit in Quebec.
To observe the shimmering colors of the trees, I advise you:
- Mont Tremblant Park, the hike from the bottom of the village and up to the summit is really nice with the lake below
- The Jacques Cartier National Park with 100 km of trails
- Mont Saint-Anne, a great classic in autumn
- The Cap Tourmente reserve also allows you to observe snow geese
- The Valley North Arm