10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Quebec, Canada.
When cold days arrive, we tend to dream about the beach, warm sand and perfect holiday destinations. And if instead we looked at what Quebec has to offer to us so we can visit our own province? Here is a top 10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Quebec :
1. Botanical Garden and Insectarium of Montreal
Perfect destination for nature lovers, the Botanical Garden of Montreal counts 22,000 plant and flower species, twenty some theme gardens, a tree house and much more. Everything spread over 75 hectares of land; you’ll be able to keep yourself busy all day. What would nature be without insects? The Botanical Garden is paired with the Insectarium of Montreal where you can see 250,000 weird and odd insects, walk through a garden full of exotic butterflies and... If you’re a little more adventurous, they also offer grasshoppers and ants’ tastings... Bon appétit!
2. Wendake Village, near Quebec City
Searching to immerse yourself in a different culture? We present to you the Wendake Village, a Huron-Wendat Indian Reserve which was named “Canada’s cultural capital” in 2007. You’ll be able to participate in pure native festivities, listen to stories and legends, live like them, eat their food, visit a museum and even stay at their hotel.
3. The Saguenay Fjord
Nature lovers, here is the perfect destination for you! Known for its grand sceneries and its biodiversity, you’ll be able to watch and admire moose, salmon, brook trout and belugas. Cruises are available for people who would like to take a closer look at the marine life. During fall, migrating birds choose this area to make a pit stop, it’s then possible to observe more than 300,000 birds.
4. Montmorency Waterfalls
Did you know that these waterfalls are the country’s highest? Indeed, they’re 30 meters higher than the Niagara Falls! During summer, you can be blown away by the waterfalls’ beauty while in winter; you can try ice climbing. The waterfalls are illuminated at night and offer you a heavenly sight that shouldn’t be missed.
You don’t have to visit another country to go whale watching, the Charlevoix region is known for its beautiful scenery and its many cruise to see whales, belugas and other marine life.
6. Roché Percé
Located in the Gaspésie region, along the Saint-Lawrence Gulf, you probably heard before of this famous pierced rock formation created by the sea. It’s supposedly 375 million year old and it has been estimated that in 400 years it will have disappear, something to make you want to photograph it yourself before it’s gone. More than 826,000 people visit the site each year.
7. Champlain Viewpoint
Here is the busiest viewpoint of the national capital region. It’s possible to visit the site by car or even hike there by taking one of the many beautiful trails. Located at 355 meters above sea level, it offers you the wonderful sight of the Canadian Shield meeting the Saint-Lawrence Lowlands. Ski lovers will enjoy the nearby Camp Fortune ski resort.
Ski and Golf lovers, you’ll enjoy this part of the Laurentides. Open year round, you’ll always find something to do in the summer as well as in winter. Also, you'll enjoy the small walking street of the village while stopping by the small local boutiques and local goods in the village of Mont-Tremblant.
The islands offer you many unique types of scenery. Sand dunes, never ending sea, you’ll find sights to fill up your photo album in only a few minutes. It’s also possible to do some kayaking along the coastline, go horseback riding on the beach or visit some local shops.
Gatineau is a great choice for many tourists and for great reasons: We can find many beautiful sights (see Champlain Viewpoint) and hundreds of lakes. Like the blue-green water of Lake Pink. Many local shops, artisans and museums are also great places to visit. Gatineau is located only a few minutes from Ottawa, so you can enjoy the many sights offered by the national capital at the same time.
The province of Quebec is filled with beautiful places; you don’t need to run from the cold weather since there are many spots that are worth a visit, in summer as well as in winter. Don’t hesitate to share your comments below.