Exquisite Quebec Holidays
Quebec, the heart of French speaking Canada, is Canada's biggest province. It lies to the east of Ontario and is known for its vibrant cities, beautiful farmlands, the mighty St Lawrence River and vast expanses of wilderness.
It is a great place to go for:
- exciting city breaks in the wonderful cosmopolitan city of Montreal or the quirky historic city of Quebec
- active holidays in the summer (cycling, hiking, kayaking, or fishing) or in winter (downhill of cross-country skiing, snow-boarding, skating, snow-shoeing)
- wild life, whale and bird watching
- cultural experiences including insights into French Canadian culture and the cultures of indigenous Canadians
- culinary, wine and beer explorations.
Whether you want to experience and explore Quebec, enjoy a Canadian holiday that takes in Quebec, stop off on the way to the USA or the Caribbean, or cruise from New England, we can put the perfect holiday together for you. We can arrange anything from an escorted tour or cruise to a road-trip - whatever you have in mind. We give impartial, independent advice on the best options; we do all the admin; and we make sure your bookings are secure and flexible. You decide what you want, and enjoy the holiday.
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Exquisite Quebec Holiday Options
The main points of access to Quebec are the international airports in Montréal and Quebec City, though you can also get there by road and rail from Ontario or Atlantic Canada, or by cruise ship. It is an all year destination, but it is very different in the different seasons.
Thee are two main cities in Quebec province:
Montréal, is the second biggest French-speaking city in the world. It sits on an island in the mighty St Lawrence River, and it is a favourite for visitors from all over the world. It is beautiful, romantic, creative, quirky, forward-looking, diverse, vibrant and just a marvellous place to visit. Take a look at its page in our City Breaks section!
Quebec City is known for its Old City, the fortified citadel of the original French settlement in Canada, which is a UNESCO World heritage Site. The city is anchored by the Château Frontenac, the iconic hotel that figures in most photographs of the city. Beside the hotel is Dufferin Terrace, a long wooden sidewalk which offers magnificent views of the city, the river and the surrounding mountains. With quaint pedestrian precincts lined with boutiques; vibrant local markets, impressive ancient fortifications and lovely parks, Quebec City is a wonderful place to spend a few days exploring.
'The Great Outdoors'
Quebec takes great pride in the 'great outdoors' with 24 national parks, most of which offer hiking, biking, canoeing or kayaking, fishing, rafting, tubing, and climbing in all sorts of combinations in summer, and a similar number and variety of winter outdoor activities. There are any number of zip-lines, suspension bridges and other adventures to choose from. In particular, during the winter months, dog-sledding is a popular activity in Quebec.
For enthusiastic cyclists there is the 'Green Route' of 3 250 miles of interlinked cycle ways inside and out of the national parks, traversing the whole province.
All these activities happen against a backdrop of beautiful lakes, vast forests and majestic mountains. And of course, in the fall the colours are spectacular!
With the huge extent and variety of the national parks it is no surprise that there are plenty of opportunities to see Canadian wildlife. Caribou and moose are the the most common mammals, but black bears are also to be found and there are lots of wolves. At Park Omega you can have an up close and personal experience with wild wolves in their natural habitat. Or, very differently, you can watch the beautiful Harp Seals on the Isles de Madeleine in the Gulf of St Lawrence in winter.
The St Lawrence river is one of the best places in the world to see whales and Tadoussac, at the confluence of the Saguenay River and the St Lawrence is a particularly good place for this. Whales can be observed from boats specially designed for the purpose, from zodiacs or even from kayaks. The Saguenay River or Fjord, from Lake Saint-Jean to the St Lawrence is a particularly beautiful area.
There are also wonderful opportunities for watching hundreds of species of birds throughout the national parks and along the St Lawrence. Bonaventure island in the Gulf of St Lawrence hosts the largest colony of Northern Gannets in the world and is home to, or visited by, 217 other species.
Food, Wine and Beer
Quebec prides itself on a tradition of superb food prepared by passionate chefs using excellent local produce. From the fine dining establishments of Montréal and Quebec City to the farmers' markets there is an infinite variety of superb food on offer.
Of particular note are craft breweries and wineries and the artisan cheese makers. In the southern section of the province, in particular, south of the St Lawrence River, there are dozens of outstanding wineries producing a wide range of superb wines.
Whether you are looking for
- a winter wonderland or a summer paradise
- a physical challenge on land or water
- a close encounter with extraordinary wild creatures, or
- a laid-back holiday with lots of lovely food and excellent wine,
we can organise it for you. We can get you there by air or on a cruise ship.
We can book you a guided tour or a cruise, a train trip, a fly and drive trip, an adventure holiday or a city break. And we will make sure that it is secure, that the booking is flexible and that the holiday is hassle-free.
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With One Stop From Major Airports: From 11½ hours
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