Advice for Visitors to Canada
A Vacation in Quebec, La Belle Province
Quebec is undoubtedly unique in its culture and lifestyle. It’s notable ‘joie-de-vivre’ attracts many visitors every year. A vacation in Quebec suits everyone’s needs and tastes, whether you are a sports enthusiast, culture buff, or food lover.
The largest province of Canada, and the second largest in terms of population (approximately 7 million), Quebec is a top tourist attraction. Its capital, Quebec City, boasts old architectural beauty, historical sites and cultural events, while its largest city, Montreal, suggests the essence of Europe, and has an undeniably exciting night life.
French is the predominant language; however, the province is a perfect example of a cultural melting pot. A vacation in Quebec is a veritable experience in diversity!
Things to Do while on Vacation in Quebec
No matter the time of year, you will never run out of things
to do in Quebec!
If culture is what you are looking for, the province of Quebec has over 400 museums to tickle your fancy. St. Joseph’s Oratory and the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Quebec are notable for their astounding architecture- typically a must for all visitors. And no one can resist a leisurely day spent browsing in the Old Port of Montreal or walking the streets of Old Quebec.
The province is known for its abundance of festivals. Each year, Quebec holds over 400 festivals that span the range of themes and celebrations, drawing tourists from all over the globe. Here are some of the most popular ones:
A visit to the sugar shack, usually referred to as the ‘cabane à sucre’, is a traditional event that occurs during March and April when the maple trees are ready for harvesting. Every imaginable dish can be prepared with maple syrup. It is customary for families to enjoy breakfast at the sugar shack, and a common sight to see someone douse their plate in pure maple syrup! And, kids love the syrup on the snow! Visitors often buy the syrup, maple butter, taffy, and/or cookies to bring back home.
Quebec is also famous for some unique, traditional dishes such as the popular poutine - something all tourists must try at least once when visiting Quebec. It consists of a plate of French fries drowned in gravy and topped off with cheese curds. Of course, some places go the extra mile and will add your choice of topping, be it chicken or chili, to make it a complete meal.
There are many other delicious Quebec foods, including sugar pie, meat pie, cretons, and pouding chômeur, which is a sponge cake drenched in maple syrup. The province also produces a wide variety of award-winning local cheeses.
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