Venturing beyond the cities is easy and accessible and let you marvel at the vibrant landscapes and the natural beauty of provincial parks set amidst tranquil waterways. You’ll find Québec unique, claimed by France nearly 40 years after Columbus discovered America, the vitality of French culture can be found throughout with some of the most amazing festivals you’ll ever experience. The wonderful bed and breakfast in Québec Canada captures the essence of tradition and fine elegance and all b&bs are ideally located from which to explore the surrounding countryside at your own pace and convenience.
Enjoy the Gulf of St Lawrence area where you’ll find a wealth of attractions in the contrasting cities, Montreal, the second largest French-speaking city in the world and one of Canada’s most vibrant cities, crowning the distinctly Gallic splendour of Québec. This charming destination is a mix of fascinating history and modern sophistication. City streets burst with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theatres, exclusive shopping centers, museums and galleries and the countryside is dotted with quaint towns many with delightful pretty stone and clapboard buildings.
Visit the picturesque areas in the Gaspésie, Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Baie des Chaleurs region famed for its glorious and stunning scenery and is the ideal spot to wind down and get away from it all after a hectic sightseeing and you can enjoy the surrounding charm of the smaller localities such as Caplan, Rivière-Colombier, La Malbaie and Lac-Delage. Explore Saguenay Provincial Park where there are preserved strips of land along the north and south shores of the Saguenay Fjord. As you travel east, you’ll uncover the magnificent scenery and maritime lore of the Gaspé Peninsula, along the coast you’ll pass Port-Daniel, a community of Scottish, Acadian and Irish descent. Take the Capitaine Fournier road, it provides a good view of a railway tunnel that crosses Cap de l’Enfer – Cape of Hell. This was once the largest fishing port in the Gaspé Peninsula and at the impressive wharf you can watch the fishermen landing and cleaning their daily catch.
Perhaps you’ll like to join a discovery cruise to the seabird sanctuary on Bonaventure Island. The cruise boat allows you to get up close to the rock and the island to admire the scenic beauty and observe the fascinating wildlife. As you pass the eastern most tip of the peninsula, take some time to visit Forillon National Park. Continue on to the heart of the Gaspé Peninsula where a wonderous mountainous spectacle awaits you in the Parc de la Gaspésie. With peaks of over 1,000 metres, the park is the only place in Québec where caribou, moose and white-tailed deer co-exist.
You’ll discover an impressive area as you drive through Québec’s wild nature and dense terrain making your way to Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez and the beautiful nearby Lac A L’eau Claire in the Maurice and Greater Québec regions. A wide variety of activities await you such as forest walks and mountain biking on well-marked trails, access to the beach, boating, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing on the tranquil lake. Other wonderful and interesting towns amidst unspoilt forests, lakes and streams within the locality are: Beauport, Lévis, Saint-Casimir, Saint-Jean-d’Orléans, Saint-Nicolas and Sainte-Foy where you’ll find galleries, craft shops and antique shops to peruse and the glorious countryside ideal for biking, hiking and walking trails. Stay in beautiful bed and breakfast in Québec Canada ideal for a romantic weekend or a family vacation.
Québec City, the cradle of French civilisation in North America, is perched atop cliffs overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River, it’s the most beautifully located and most historic city in Canada and the surrounding countryside is simply glorious with lakeside trails, water-skiing in summer and ice-skating with the highlight of the winter season being the Québec City Winter Carnival. From Grand Allée Street, the ‘Champs-Elysées’ of Québec, you’ll find sweeping views of the historical Battlefields Park, the awesome St. Lawrence River and Parliament Hill. Québec City is unique in that it has a distinctly French feel, European in style and atmosphere and is the only fortified city north of Mexico, this wonderful town is yet another jewel in the crown of Eastern Canada with its cobbled streets linking to stunning squares of Le Petit Champlain area with its marvellous little boutiques and where you can soak up the atmosphere with its classic architecture, corner bistros and pavement cafés, chic shops and fascinating museums. Take a guided tour of the walled city, crowned by the great turrets of the Chateau Frontenac. Within the walls and giant gates, you’ll find the Place d’Armes, the Laval Seminary, the Citadel and the ancient Place Royale. Also see the stone houses crowding the narrow streets of Lower Town by the St. Lawrence River and the historic Plains of Abraham where General Wolfe stormed the slopes. View the city from aboard a riverboat cruising along the mighty St. Lawrence River and enjoy the views of Cap Diamant, Montmorency Falls, St. Louis Arch and the stunning skyline or board a catamaran for an exhilarating coastal excursion in search of seals, humpback and grey whales.
Explore the Eastern Townships region and discover the superb scenery of the lakeside town of Magog and Lake Massawippi. Famous for the beauty of the surrounding mountainous region and for some of the celebrities who live there, Lake Memphrémagog is a fabulous, narrow body of water with miles of shoreline and a deep, central basin that bottoms out at more than 300 feet, it is also a special place because of “Memphré”, the area very own fabled sea monster that has been widely talked about for almost 200 years. “Memphré” has been spotted more than 220 times over the past two centuries, is it a myth or a reality? Be that as it may the most seen species are lake trout, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon making it an angler’s paradise. Other towns and villages of interest and for staying in some lovely bed and breakfast in Québec Canada that capture the unique flavour of the province can be found in surrounding communities such as: Barnston, Canton-de-Hatley and Deauville where you’ll find shops, galleries and a wonderful cluster of splendid architecture in the century-old churches dominating the villages in this scenic area that has a wonderful network of bicycle trails, or for skiing the pretty town of Orford is a must.
You must also visit the all-season great escape destination, the Laurentians, a land of forests, high mountain peaks and vast open spaces with more than 6,000 lucid lakes and quaint little towns perched on the mountain sides. You’ll find some of the most picturesque places offering a superb range of activities, including river-rafting, bike tours and fishing among many other things to do. The spots to enjoy are, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré and Sainte-Adèle. Outaouais River in the Laurentians is delightful as is the Kenauk whilst the picturesque Omega Parc and the Plaisance Falls are also within easy reach. Mont Tremblant is a winter wonderland located in the beautiful Laurentian mountains overlooking Lake Tremblant. The highest peak of the picturesque Laurentians, the ski hill is renowned for its excellent skiing, ice climbing, snow shoeing, dog sledding, and cross country skiing and winter at Tremblant is much more than just awesome skiing and snowboarding, as well as hiking and canoeing through Parc Mont Tremblant, why not take the gondola up the mountain for a day of hiking and nature watching you won’t be disappointed. Golfers are spoilt for choice with the many excellent golf courses in the area and other activities include mountain biking, tennis, in-line skating, rafting and a variety of water sports along the beaches.
With its neo gothic churches, romantic French bistros and gastronomic restaurants, Montreal is recognised as being the fashion capital of Canada and is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, superb cuisine and unbeatable shopping and is blessed with an infectious ‘joie de vivre,’ where the Quebécois create a mood of celebration for visitors. Stroll amidst colourful turreted houses, Mont Royal and along the pleasant waterfront. Explore the historic Latin Quarter, the St. Lawrence Market, Old Montreal with its weathered stone-washed buildings and with the very European Basilique de Notre-Dame. Spend some time in the climate-controlled underground city that has over 2000 shops, linking restaurants and theatres. Montreal comes to life in summer with street festivals, International Jazz and other music and cultural shows. Montreal is Canada’s second largest city, its European and North American influences are no more apparent than in the Quarter, with sleek skyscrapers vying for space amongst the streets and gracious squares. Montreal has its own Olmstead designed central park called Mont Royal, here you can enjoy horse drawn carriages to carry you through the postcard-pretty streets and stop for a drink at one of the charming and intimate café-terraces.
Whether you are looking for jade-colored lakes to giant redwood forests and quaint towns you’ll find it all in the Outaouais region. Offering year-round pursuits in beautiful surroundings, you’ll also find that the picturesque towns and villages like Fort-Coulonge, Messines, Wakefield and Saint-André-d’Argenteuil make excellent stopovers and bases from which to explore the surrounding areas. Enjoy the beautiful vast open spaces of the parks and forests, the wonderful history of the cities and towns, the international festivals and the marvellous bed and breakfast in Québec Canada all offering good value for money with the friendly Canadian enthusiasm and hospitality.