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Quebec

The perfect mix of French and Canadian cultures, offering a unique experience

Overview

The colourful province of Quebec is unique, bursting with rich culture and history to discover. For a city break holiday with an edge, choose Montreal or Quebec City. Choose the stunning lush countryside regions for complete relaxation in tranquil settings or thrilling outdoor activities. With new settlements or ancient architectural delights, seaports or forest estates, vibrant cities or waterfall wonders, Quebec is perfect for a family fly drive holiday or chic city break.

We love VIA Rail's Corridor Service in eastern Canada allowing you to link many of the vibrant cities together in one trip, enjoying spectacular scenery along the way. If you have time, we recommend exploring both Montreal and Quebec City during your trip holiday as they are very different and offer so much to see and do.

A holiday to Montreal combines both the Old and New Worlds of Quebec, speckled with winding cobble streets married perfectly with the lively culture of New Montreal brings forward a new generation for Quebec. If you love trying new things, the food and shopping in here is incredible! Rue Ste. Denis has a list of great little pubs and restaurants. It was once where mainly French-speaking locals would socialize, however it is now a melting pot of culture and little architectural marvels. This is one of the longest streets in the city and starts in Old Montreal.

For the best views of Montreal, travel up to Mont Royal and enjoy one of the city's largest green spaces. If you love to hike or enjoy walking, climb up to the Kondiaronk Belvedere where you can snap some amazing aerial shots of the hustle and bustle of this energetic city below.

Quebec City is beautiful, oozing a real Old World charm. Cobble streets, designer boutiques, Parisian-style cafes, impressive architecture and intriguing history. See Canada's oldest city from the deck of a cruise boat on the St. Lawrence River. As you cruise along the shoreline, a guide relates the story of ‘New France' and tells you about the origins of Quebec's most famous landmarks. Relax and take in the spectacular views of the Chateau Frontenac, Cap Diamant, Ile d'Orleans and Montmorency Falls. And just when you think you have seen it all, you can hop on the famous Faubourg Elevator to visit the inspiring Saint Jean Baptiste district.

On any Quebec holiday, a must is a visit to Montmorency Falls. Reaching higher heights than Niagara Falls, you have the unique experience of walking the width of this natural wonder via a suspension bridge. Take the gondola to the peak and walk the bridge across – certainly not for the faint of hearted – but you can always take the stairs up or down the length as well.

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Things to do

Popular things to do in Quebec

  • Old Montréal walking tour

    £15pp

    Discover the east or west side of Montréal. These tours include abundant information about the history, architecture and secrets of Old Montréal. During the East side tour you will visit attractions like Cours Le Royer, St-Paul Street, Place Jacques-Cartier, City Hall, Champ de mars, Bonsecours Street and its chapel and the Bonsecours Market. During the West side tour attractions such as Place D`Armes, St-Jacques Street and its bank, McGill street, Place d`Youville and Place Royale. Both tours include a visit inside the famous Notre-Dame Basilica.

    Departures: daily between Jun 20 to Oct 12, 2015; Saturday departures between May 1 to 9 and Oct 17 to Nov 28, 2015; Saturday and Sunday departures between May 16 to Jun 14, 2015
    Duration: 1.5 hours

  • One Day Escapade to Québec City

    £72pp

    A narrated coach tour to the historic city, discovering the historical treasures and wonderful ‘joie de vivre’ atmosphere of Quebec City during this full day excursion. Your expert guide will take you through the only walled city in North America. Embark on a short cruise to the Montmorency Falls, 30m higher than the world famous Niagara Falls, situated on the outskirts of the city and a 90 minute cruise from Quebec City.


    Departures: daily May 7 to Oct 23, 2016 
    Duration: 12 hours

  • One Day Escapade to Québec City including a cruise

    £102pp

    Discover the historical treasures and wonderful joie de vivre atmosphere of Québec City during this full-day excursion from Montréal. Your expert guide provides narration as you tour through the only walled city in North America. The highlights include the Upper and Lower Towns, the Parliament Buildings, the Plains of Abraham, the Chateau Frontenac, the Citadel and the Notre Dame Basilica and a 1.5 hour cruise from Quebec City. A visit to Montmorency Falls, 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls, is also included in the tour.

    Departures: daily May 1 to Oct 20, 2015
    Duration: 13 hours

  • St Lawrence River Rafting from Montréal

    £31pp

    15 minutes from downtown Montréal, you can experience exciting river rafting. You will be given a choice of whether you prefer a more leisurely paced raft ride on the tranquil part of the river with some rapids or for the more adventurous a more thrilling ride.

    Departures: daily May 3 to Aug 31, 2015
    Duration: 2.15 hours

  • Culinary Tour with Tasting

    £34pp

    Discover culinary and cultural traditions of Quebec City and appreciate the special flavours and tantalizing aromas of local shops. Learn about local wine, beer, chocolate, cheese, pastries, crepes and many more. 



    Departures: Selected dates between May 1 to Oct 31, 2016
    Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Gourmet Stop Tour

    £38pp based on 2 adults

    Embark on guided tour of the historical crescent of the Old Harbour in Quebec City, and take in the architectural beauty of the neighborhood while riding on a pollution-free cycle-rickshaw. Discover the heritage and gastronomic culture of Quebec City with a 20 minute stop at Old Harbour market. Meet the merchants, browse through the jewellery, soaps made of goat’s milk, and local liquors, and make sure to try some famous Quebec cheese. Solo: 1 person per rickshaw. Duo: 2 people per rickshaw.

    Departures: Daily May 3 to Oct 18, 2015
    Duration: 1 hour

  • Quebec City Tour

    £29pp

    The tour provides a comprehensive orientation of historic and modern Quebec City. You will see the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, the Basilica and other points of interest within Quebec City. This tour is in English and French.

    Departures: Daily Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2015
    Duration: 2 hours

  • Quebec Guided Cruise

    £18pp

    See Canada’s oldest city from the deck of a cruise boat on the St.Lawrence River. As you cruise along the shoreline, a guide relates the story of “New France” and tells you about the origins of Quebec’s most famous landmarks. Relax and take in the spectacular views of the Chateau Frontenac, Cap Diamant, Ile d’Orleans and Montmorency Falls. The tour is in English and French only.

    Departures: Daily May 2 to Oct 18, 2015
    Duration: 1.5 hour

  • Quebec – It’s River, It’s Landscape

    £129pp

    Fly from the capital city of Quebec to the highest waterfall in Eastern Canada, Montmorency Falls. For more than 20 minutes, let your imagination soar as you take in the breathtaking scenery of the landscapes of Quebec: Old Quebec and its fortifications, the Plains of Abraham, and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. Fly over the famous Montmorency Falls, and admire one of the most beautiful views of the St. Lawrence River and Ile d’Orleans.

    Departures: Daily May 1 to Apr 30, 2015
    Duration: 25 Minutes

Holidays

Browse our amazing range of holidays in Quebec

Popular Quebec holiday ideas

  • Delta Montréal

    from £

    50

    The Delta Montréal is located right in the vibrant entertainment district of the city, in a great position to explore the best of Montréal.

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  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

    Delta Quebec

    from £49

    Situated in the heart of downtown Québec City, the Delta Québec is a stylish and modern hotel with excellent amenities.

    Rooms range from standard...see more

  • Bathroom

    Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

    from £

    37

    In a prime position in downtown Montréal, Le Centre Sheraton offers the luxury we come to expect from the Sheraton chain.

    Guest rooms and suites...see more

  • Hotel Manoir Victoria

    from £49

    In the centre of Old Québec, The Hotel Manoir is an elegant and stylish hotel in an excellent location.

    Recently renovated, the hotel is now...see more

  • Marriott Chateau Champlain

    from £

    63

    The Marriott Chateau Champlain is a classic hotel with fantastic views across the city and excellent amenities.

    Rooms are warm and welcoming...see more

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    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

    from £76

    The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a grand castle hotel with an excellent location in the heart of Old Quebec.

    Rooms are luxurious and elegant,...see more

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    Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel

    from £78

    True to the Fairmont brand, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel is a luxurious and elegant hotel with a good location in the centre of downtown Montréal.

    Rooms...see more

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    Ritz Carlton Montréal

    from £

    138

    The Ritz-Carlton is a grand and luxurious hotel with a rich history and a great location in the heart of Montréal’s downtown.

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  • Westin Resort & Spa

    from £68

    Le Westin Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in the centre of Tremblant village, with excellent amenities and lovely views of the surrounding mountains.

    Decorated...see more

  • Montreal and Quebec Short City Break

    from £635

    This short break takes you to explore the very best of Quebec in two of its most beautiful cities, Montreal and Quebec City. Montreal is a vibrant city...see more

  • Montreal and Quebec City Experience

    from £345

    A glimpse of the French speaking side of Canada on this two centre tour of Montreal and Quebec City. Explore the old and new centres of Montreal, Canada’s...see more

  • Montreal Short Break

    from £739

    This fantastic short break to Montreal gives you the perfect base to explore all that this vibrant and exciting city has to offer. Montreal is one of Canada's...see more

  • Via Rail The Ocean to Atlantic Canada - Ste-Foy to Halifax

    from £99

    The Ocean leaves Sainte-Foy, located close to Quebec City, in the evening and travels through the small villages on the south shore of the St. Lawrence...see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting Quebec

Top Tip 1

• Enjoy authentic Canadian Poutine (French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds) in its province of origin, a delicious treat you won’t be able to get enough of. Take a trip to Montérégie in South West Québec to visit Patate Mallette, which is the top voted Poutinerie in the province.

Top Tip 2

• Montréal’s Notre Dame Basilica is one of the province’s most popular attractions. This is the perfect place to learn about Québec’s rich religious heritage, and admire the province’s world famous architecture.

Top Tip 3

• Québec City’s Parliament Hill is a must-see. Admire the stunning style of the province’s parliamentary building, and then unwind with a walk around its surrounding park, which is considered to be the oasis of the city.

Top Tip 4

• Take in all the sites of Montréal on our First Class City Tour. Experience a fully narrated tour around Notre Dame Basilica, residential and financial districts, historic Old Montréal, the Latin Quarter, Olympic complex and McGill University campus, ending with panoramic views of Montréal at the Mont Royal observation point. That’s your sightseeing day sorted!

Top Tip 5

• Visit Plage de l’Horloge - Montréal’s first urban artificial beach, and enjoy an afternoon on the Adirondack chairs, relaxing with a drink from the beach’s local bar.

Top Tip 6

• Animal lovers should add Parc du Mont-Royal in Montréal to their holiday itinerary, as this is one of the province’s best bird watching sites. Best visited in spring, the conservation staff offer guided tours of the park’s resident bird species – keep an eye on the sky for bald eagles!

Top Tip 7

• Québec City’s Quartier Petit Champlain is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of sight-seeing. Pick up some great souvenirs from the pretty shopping streets, recognised as the oldest commercial district in North America.

If you’d like more information about booking your holiday to Québec, call one of our dedicated team of experts who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

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The French-Canadian province of Quebec offers magical cities to explore
Picturesque countryside filled with wildlife
Steeped in history and old-world charm

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