Québec is a predominantly French-speaking province in eastern Canada with 2 vibrant cities in its south, connected by the Chemin du Roy highway along the Saint Lawrence River. The metropolis Montréal is named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Dating to 1608, Québec City retains its old colonial core, Place Royale, and historic harbor, Vieux Port, now known for nightlife.
The 350-year-old Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré shrine in the rural Côte-de-Beaupré region is a popular Catholic pilgrimage site. Skiing is a major draw at Mont-Tremblant, near Montréal. Aerial trams take people up Montmorency Falls for panoramic views, and the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier offers hiking, kayaking and camping. The Charlevoix is a region of rocky fjords and rolling hills. In the Cantons de l’Est, sugar shacks serve maple toffee (hot syrup poured on snow). The Île d’Orléans island historical district has farms and houses with resident artists and artisans.
When to visit
Jun–Sep is a popular time to visit Québec, when the weather is warm and humid. Winters are cold and snowy, with ski season running Dec–Mar. Key annual events include Québec Winter Carnival (Jan–Feb, Québec City) and Montréal’s Festival International de Jazz (Jun).