No need to exile far away for your holidays! Quebec is full of wonderful places to explore.
In any season of the year, the Laurentians region attracts countless visitors coming to enjoy the warm welcome and magical surroundings of this little corner of paradise. Whatever activity you’re looking for, the Laurentians have it. The region’s countless lakes, mountains and forests are perfect for a range of sports and cross-country rambles. It’s criss-crossed with bike paths, including—at over 230 kilometres long—the longest linear park in Canada, the P’tit train du Nord. Fall head over heels in love with the unique landscapes and tourist attractions of the Laurentians.
From its northern tip to its southernmost reaches, the diversity of its flora and fauna, and no less than 22,000 lakes and rivers make Abitibi-Témiscamingue a region unique in the province. A single visit is an introduction to an ebullient and innovative culture, contrasting landscapes, 65,000 km2 of luxuriant forest, fish-filled freshwater lakes and dynamic cities. The urban heart of it all, Rouyn-Noranda, boasts a culture that is incomparably rich: with theatre arts, music, film and visual arts, the regional capital of Abitibi-Témiscamingue is home to a dazzlingly diverse cultural landscape.
Midway between Quebec City and Montreal lies the beautiful region of Mauricie. There, the city of Trois-Rivières awaits, with its lively downtown and multitude of festivals and shows. With cafés, stores, restaurants, bars, artists’ workshops, museums and national historic sites, Trois-Rivières is electric with art and history. Mauricie is also Shawinigan with its downtown and famed restaurants, bistros and microbreweries. In Mauricie, you’ll also find the famous Cité de l’énergie, La Mauricie National Park, the Vallée du Parc sliding centre, the Vallée Rocanigan and the Parc de l’Île Melville. A vast, wild region of lakes, rivers and forests, with a king’s domain of hunting and fishing, Mauricie strikes the perfect balance between city and nature for an unforgettable vacation
The immense territory of the Côte-Nord offers 1300 kilometres of coastline and countless breathtaking landscapes. Here, the St. Lawrence becomes maritime estuary and then gulf. As you head down route 138, you might, from shoreline vistas or on excursions on the water, see up to 13 species of whale. Encompassing Baie-Comeau, the surrounding municipalities and the immensity of the back country, where boreal forest becomes taiga, the Côte-Nord is one of the largest Biosphere Reserves in the world. Among the North Shore cities, a must-see is Sept-Îles, with its larger-than-life natural backdrop, kilometres of beach, 30,000 warm, welcoming and fun-loving inhabitants, Innu culture and wide-open spaces…
Hip, eclectic and cosmopolitan, Montréal offers its inhabitants and visitors a panoply of treasures big and small. You’ll be dazzled by the choice of attractions, sporting and cultural events and above all its multiculturalism, on generous display on a walk through the city streets. Every borough has its own history and character. Downtown, the streets throng with people shopping in the big stores and chic boutiques. The Quartier des Spectacles is the site of one festival after another year round. Lovers might take a detour to romantic Old Montreal, while tourists and locals have Rue Saint-Denis hopping all day and long into the night. A city rich in contrasts, Montréal boasts a diversity that makes it one of the most fascinating cities in North America.
On board a cruise ship or from the banks of its fjords, with every splendid panorama, the wild beauty of Saguenay soon becomes apparent. The Saguenay River finds its source in Lac Saint-Jean, a veritable inland sea over 35 km in diameter. This remarkable body of water and the imposing river that feeds it are the pivotal points of a superb tourist region. The Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay preserves and showcases the Saguenay fjords, an environment unique in Quebec. And the fauna? In summer, the Saguenay river teems with marine mammals of a range of species. In the heart of it all, the main urban centre, Chicoutimi, offers a lively break from the wild. Abounding with activities for every season, Saguenay is a vacation destination par excellence.
7. EASTERN TOWNSHIPS
The Eastern Townships region is rich with landscapes that take your breath away. Its tourism routes lead to picturesque cities and villages set in graceful valleys and gently rounded mountains. Put them together and they make one of the most beautiful and verdant regions of Québec. No less than 80% of the Eastern Townships is blanketed by forest. For outdoor enthusiasts, the region’s four national parks—one of which is Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, at the heart of the first international Dark Sky Reserve—and many natural spaces are the ideal setting for a host of activities in any season, such as hiking, biking, camping and skiing. The Eastern Townships region is also a prize destination for food tourism, with two wine routes connecting nearly 30 vineyards, and an array of cozy little restaurants frequented by tourists and locals alike.
The Sherbrooke region is well known as an exceptional vacation destination, with its wide choice of things to do and all the advantages of a dynamic urban environment: internationally acclaimed museums, multiculturalism, exhibitions, shows, agrotourism destinations, big stores and boutiques, nightlife and renowned gourmet restaurants. With its mountains, lakes, rivers and copious tourist attractions, you’re guaranteed a beautiful vacation in the Eastern Townships