Whether you’re looking from the top of a glamorous turret or from the bottom of a craggy gorge, Quebec is dressed to impress. Jump in a car and find your own favorite perspective.
Aiguebelle National Park (aka Parc d’Aiguebelle)
At Aiguebelle, you’ll find the most dramatic topography in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Navigate the gorges and rocky cliffs, and test your nerves on the suspension bridge that hangs above La Haie Lake.
Mont Tremblant is best known as a hotspot for skiing, but the rugged rock faces also make for great ice or rock climbing, depending on the season, and there are five ziplines where you can fly over the forest at speeds that can reach 100 km/h (60 mph).
Montreal — The Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium was built in 1976 for the Montreal summer games, and is now surrounded by a series of gardens and tourist activities. Ride the funicular to the top of the stadium’s tower for a killer panoramic view, catch a glitzy show in the planetarium, and don’t miss the Biodome, which isn’t just for kids, and realistically recreates four enchanting Canadian ecosystems — with wildlife.
North Hatley — Gazebo
North Hatley is a charming town perched on the clear waters of Lake Massawippi. At its center is Dreamland Park, an ideal place to swim, fish, take in an outdoor concert, or gaze longingly and romantically from the gazebo.
Percé — Gaspe Peninsula
Percé Rock is a famous hunk of Canadian limestone that towers majestically over the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The nearby Ile Bonaventure is home to a colony of over 100,000 gannets, the beloved Quebecois bird. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot the gannet gracefully dive-bombing the water in search of fish.
Quebec City — Chateau Frontenac
Rising from the skyline of Old Quebec City, the castle-like turrets on this luxury hotel make it an iconic photo landmark and a pampering destination. The hotel has long been a favorite of high-profile guests, like Prince William and Kate Middleton, Alfred Hitchcock, and Queen Elizabeth II.
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier — Dog sledding
Make the most of winter in this small city on the Jacques-Cartier river. At the impressive Hotel de Glace, everything is carved out of ice — from the staircases to the beds in the rooms. If you like adventure, opt for a dogsledding expedition where you’ll harness your dog team and embark on a full inukshuk overnight.
Grandes-Bergeronnes — Whale watching
Whether you venture out to the sea or stay on shore to take in the salty sea breeze, Grandes-Bergeronnes is where locals go for pristine, coastal campsites and views of the whales in action. The Centre Archeo Topo museum, near the beach, provides an interactive background on the town’s long history with whales.
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
More than 40 small islands make up Mingan Archipelago off the St. Lawrence River. Wind your way through them in a kayak and marvel at the remarkable eroded rock structures that a great number of puffins have taken to calling home.
Beyond the metropolitan hub of Montreal, Quebec is rich with natural beauty and culture. Take the time to explore the outer regions that stretch north and along the St. Lawrence River, and find yourself a satisfying adventure.