Quebec: Travelzoo Tips
The province of Quebec is full of history and character. From picturesque old towns that evoke feelings of Old Europe, to some of the most striking landscapes in the province, we asked our members to share their tips for La Belle Province.
See Quebec’s native species at the Zoo Economuseum in Montreal
"It's home to many different animals of this region -- small and large, from fish to birds. It's inexpensive and the site is also a great walking park with places for an enjoyable family picnic."
Spend the Night at North America's Only Ice Hotel
In a guest blog, Lauren of Justin Plus Lauren shares advice on staying warm in this cool Quebec hotel.
Get a taste of Quebec's wineries
Member Donna from Quebec suggests exploring the vineyards and wineries of the Eastern Townships. "Some have restaurants," she writes; she also recommends seeking out those with "walking tours" and "displays from local artists."
Go Green at Montreal's St. Patrick's Day Parade
First held in 1824, it's the oldest one in Canada! - Travelzoo member Susan
Mont-Tremblant National Park in the Laurentians, Quebec
“Great wilderness, rivers, kayak rentals, camping and lots of hiking. There’s no better place to see some wildlife and go fishing.” - Travelzoo member Brian
Stop to Smell the Roses at the Montreal Botanical Garden
"Whether you’re visiting a special exhibit indoors, strolling through the spectacular outdoor gardens or sitting under a tree with a good book and enjoying the solace of nature, these gardens are not to be missed." Travelzoo member Rosalia
Tour the Old Port of Montreal
"Go for its diversity and many hidden stores and restaurants. Also, the cobblestone streets give the area an old-world feel." - Travelzoo member Vincent
Stroll the Beach at La Grave, Magdalen Island, Que.
"There are nice restaurants on the wharf. The most beautiful and less windy beach is nearby. This sandy beach is covered by fine white sand that looks like salt. By Aug. 15, tourists are gone and the water is warm. It is paradise on earth." -- Travelzoo member Diane
In a guest blog, travel writer Solmaz, The Curious Creature tells us about the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.
Hit the Slopes in Quebec
With over 13 feet of snow falling in Quebec every year, whether you are a skiier or a snowboarder, a beginner or a black diamond-chaser, there is definitely a slope for you in Quebec. Check out our blog post on Quebec travel tips.
Explore La Route des Baleines/The Whale Route
"For nearly 1,000 kilometres along the St. Lawrence River, you can spot beluga, minke, fin, humpback and blue whales. The starting point is Tadoussac, Que., which is among the best whale-watching spots in the world." -- Travelzoo member Michel
Visit Parc national des Grands-Jardins near Baie-Saint-Paul, Que.
"It's been a renowned fishing spot for more than 100 years. The park’s mascot is a spruce grouse, who, according to officials, will 'try to impress you by parading, clucking and spreading its short wings and tail feathers. It is often seen on the hiking trails, and the noise it makes when taking off surprises many hikers.'"-- Travelzoo staffer Michael
Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, Montreal, Que.
"Instead of going to the top of Mont Royal for the views, head to Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, a 360-degree observatory that opened up this year, offering spectacular views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. It also hosts the most famous new brasserie in Montreal, Les Enfants Terribles." -- Travelzoo member Ivayla
Drive Route 132 in Quebec
"A new controlled-access highway has been built, but take the road less travelled. With all the transport trucks and commercial traffic gone, the old roads are far more scenic. Examples include Route 132, the old road along the south shore of the St. Lawrence after Route 20 was built; the old road from Fredericton to Moncton; and the old highway on the west side of the St. John River after the new twinned highway was built. Consider stopping for two nights along the way, making it a trip instead of a marathon." -- Travelzoo member David
Listen to Piknic Electronik in Montreal
"Having a picnic and enjoying electronic music in a beautiful, sprawling park is simply the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It happens every Sunday from May to September at Parc Jean-Drapeau." -- Travelzoo member Amy
Get Off the Beaten Track in Mont Tremblant
"There’s so much to do in the Mont Tremblant Village that it’s easy to forget about other activities in the area. A few minutes' walk from the Village is a lake cruise by Les Croisieres Mont Tremblant. Enjoy the tranquility of the lake and learn about the region's history on an hourlong boat cruise on Lake Tremblant." — Travelzoo member Lilia
Go Chasing Waterfalls Outside of Quebec, City
"Everything within the walls of Old Quebec City is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site — it’s the oldest walled city in North America — and the only way to really experience old Quebec City is on foot. For incredible views of the city head to the Citadelle — a bastion-style fortress and active military base atop Cap Diamant. It's perfect for history buffs, families and photographers, plus tours of the residence are free. For a unique experience, get off the beaten path and head 15 minutes outside of the city to reach Montmorency Falls, an 83-metre-high waterfall on the Montmorency River (1.5 times the height of Niagara Falls)." — Travelzoo member Sou
Explore the Eastern Townships
"For first-time visitors, embark on the Townships Trail. This designated route will lead you through 31 picturesque towns, grand Victorian houses, and charming covered bridges. Every Canadian knows the key to great poutine is the cheese curd. On the trail, make a stop at Fromagerie La Station in Compton. We suggest you try the Comtomme cheese; its creamy melting texture is a match made in heaven for warm gravy and crispy fries." — Travelzoo member Will
Try Something New in Gatineau Park
"Head to Wakefield in the Gatineau Park region to find the Great Canadian Bungee's Goliath, the highest bungee jump in North America at 200 feet. Not really your thing? Try zip lining instead. The site includes a 1,015-foot zip line that goes over a crystal-clear lagoon. " Travelzoo member Brittney
Whether you are an art lover or an adrenaline junkie, there is a Quebec for every kind of traveller. Check out our blog for activities and site seeing tips.