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.
Things to do
Popular things to do in Quebec
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: May 1 - Apr 30
Duration: 1.5 hours
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: May 1 - Apr 30
Duration: 12 hours
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 6 - Sep 9
Duration: 2.15 hours
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
Duration: 2.5 hours
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: May 1 - Nov 30
Duration: 1 hour
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: May 12 - Oct 21
Duration: 1.5 hour
Popular Quebec holiday ideas
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.
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