The province of Quebec, Canada, is home to two major cities — Montreal and Quebec City. The French influence is felt throughout the province in its architecture, cuisine, and the language of the people. Old Quebec in Quebec City is consistently ranked as one of the most romantic places to visit while Montreal combines new and old ways into something excitedly modern. A Quebec vacation rental provides a nice home base from which to explore the region.
Things to do in Quebec
Old Quebec in Quebec City is a must-see from taking a selfie in front of the Chateau Frontenac (the world's most photographed hotel) to grabbing a patisserie at one of the European-style shops on the cobblestone streets. Montmorency Falls Park's gorgeous water falls can be enjoyed a number of ways via zip line, on a gondola, and hiking near the falls. The Île d'Orléans provides a look back at what Quebec's countryside must have been like in the 19th century. Don't miss the freshly baked bread when you visit.
Getting around Quebec
A car is the best way to see the province but when you're in Quebec City, slow it down and explore on foot. It's the type of picture-taking paradise that you'll want to soak up every minute. Montreal is the same way and is a very walkable city. A public shuttle bus can get you from the airport to downtown for about $8 a person.
Although winters are cold, it's a delightful time to enjoy the many activities including the winter festivals in Montreal and Quebec City. Spring and fall are the best times to visit this province because the crowds are a lot smaller than they are in the summer. But temps are brisk in the 40s-50s. While summer offers the nicest weather, there are a number of popular festivals held in the area. If you plan on staying at a Quebec vacation rental, you'll need to book months in advance during those peak times.
Events in Quebec
Montreal hosts a number of events including the Vue sur la Relève Festival in April and the Formula One Grand Prix of Canada in June. Igloofest and Montreal Snow Festival are large draws in the winter. Quebec City also enjoys winter with its Carnaval de Québec and the Quebec City Snow pentathlon. Warm weather means it's time for the Quebec Summer Festival and Expo Quebec.
Dining in Quebec
The French history is felt around town but particularly in Quebec's cuisine. From the bakeries to the fine dining establishments your stomach will be a fan of history and the French influence. The large number of maple trees mean maple syrup flavors a lot of the desserts. Tim Hortons coffee is the preferred way to start your day. Al fresco dining is popular is Montreal and Quebec City.
A Quebec vacation rental allows you to experience the culture of this beautiful area. Whether you select a rental in Montreal, Quebec City, or some other part of this lovely province, you'll enjoy the European flair and old-world charm of the French Canadians.