Quebec: Stimulating the Senses
Even though it is Canada’s largest province, Québec is bursting with gorgeous scenery, world-class culture and first-rate entertainment. A melting pot of artistic forms originating in Europe and North America, Québec is alive with creative energy. The obvious Francophone cultural pride is displayed in literature, music, theatre, dance, paintings, and sculptures.
Visitors from every corner of the world flock to the numerous annual festivals, which consistently draw international praise. The calendar of cultural events and activities varies from city to city throughout the year, but one thing's certain: they are always packed. Whether you speak French fluently or have no experience with the language, the gracious residents of Québec are happy to accommodate.
Among the most popular shows are the Festival de théâtre des Amériques, the Festival international de nouvelle danse, the Just for Laughs Festival, and the Festival d'été de Québec. Along with the Montréal Jazz Festival, the renowned film festivals in Montréal and Abitibi-Témiscamingue make one thing clear: in Québec's cities the night-life never stops.
While travelers may come for the entertainment, many end up staying for the awe inspiring physical beauty of the province. In summer the Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the largest gardens in the world, is in full bloom for all to see.
Throughout Montréal and Québec City there are many important historical sites that have been preserved to capture the heart and soul of the French culture in North America.
Each of Québec’s national parks are like virtual paradise featuring extraordinary ecological surroundings. The Parc national de Miguasha, on the Gaspé's Chaleur Bay, is featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This unique area is known for the incredible preservation of its plant and fish specimen, which could very well be 370 million years old.
With a remarkable combination of nature and cosmopolitan culture, Québec remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. If you love nature, history or culture, you can enjoy tons of activities and expositions lined up at different locations across the province.
- Population: 4,082,571
- Size: 1, 667,926 sq. km. (643,986 sq. mil.)
- Capital City: Québec City
- Time Zone(s): Eastern, DST
- Minimum Age for Unrestricted Diver’s License: 18 years, 8 months
- Minimum Age for Gambling: 18
- Alcohol Consumption: Legal age is 18
- Highest Point: 1,622 m/5,321 ft., Mont-d’iberville
- Lowest Point: Sea level, Gulf of St. Lawrence
Here's a partial listing of the top attractions in Quebec