Québec Sport & Leisure
With Montréal on your doorstep, this holiday is indeed a two for the price of one holiday. Montréal itself is a stunning melting pot of cultures and lifestyles, which you can embrace as you cycle around the old port, go jet boating on the Lachine rapids, surf on the St Lawrence River and perfect your tan on the beach. Aside from this ensure you explore the cobblestone streets of Vieux Montréal and do not miss the exhilarating Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada. Make sure you try the cuisine and shop till you drop on Rue Ste Catherine, Avenue Laurier and Mile End.
Although this is an excellent place to visit all year round, winter is a particularly great time to visit. With ski resorts and wilderness lodges all around, there are plenty of ultimate winter adventures within easy reach of Montréal and Québec City. Go ice skating on the Old Port of Montréal try ski plus activities like night-skiing, snow shoeing on Mount Royal Park , snowmobiling – a Québec invention – snow rafting at Val Cartier and dog-sledding. And don’t forget to check out the scenic views of the frozen St. Lawrence River by helicopter, and the ice sculptures at the Québec City Winter Carnival.
Of course skiing is a major part of the winter experience when holidaying Québec, and luckily there are ski resorts throughout the area just waiting for you to pop in and enjoy yourself. Places like Stoneham (20 minutes’ drive from Québec City) are excellent for those who want to snowboard, and also houses the largest night skiing network in Canada. Then there’s Mont-Sainte-Anne (30 minutes’ drive from Québec City) which is part of the Rookie Academy and offers exclusive training alongside an amazing program for future ski and snowboard instructors. Le Massif de Charlevoix, which is a 90 minute drive from Québec City, offers up the highest peak in Eastern North America, alongside stunning views of the mighty St. Lawrence River.
Or head over to Tremblant, which is just as good for skiing. Only 90 minutes from Montréal the village of Tremblant is located in the spectacular and colourful Laurentians region. Famous for winter skiing you can ski day and night, go snow tubing or relax in the spa after a heavy skiing session.
Scenery is a big part of Québec’s charm, and there are various areas you can visit to make the most of it. The Charlevoix Region is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, packed with ecotourism activities. Offering up a string of quaint villages on the shores of the St Lawrence River, the area is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, fine culinary tradition, and gastronomic creativity.
Embrace this heritage as you mingle with the locals in artistic Baie St Paul, go hiking in Grands Jardins National Park, taste award-winning cheeses and ice ciders, and jump into a kayak to get closer to sea mammals living in the St. Lawrence River. This area is famous for being one of the best spots in the world for whale watching.
The river may be excellent for whale watching, which is a magnificent experience to behold, but from the banks of the St. Lawrence, between Montréal and Québec City, the Mauricie region extends into the heart of Québec's boreal forest. With scenic places to stay and outdoor activities year-round, it is a region not to be missed.
Enjoy yourself as you stay in a wilderness lodge, canoe on Sacacomie Lake, enjoy the scenery by floatplane, observe black bears in their natural habitat, experience the local cuisine, relax in a spa and take part in outdoor activities.
Wildlife is abundant in this part of the world.
As Québec is situated in Eastern Canada it is home to a range of wildlife as diverse as its scenery. With more than 650 animal species, including 200 fish and 325 bird species, you can observe caribou, moose, black bears, beavers, polar bears, ox, white tailed deer, great blue heron, wolves, Canada goose and humpback, beluga and minke whales; Québec is home to an incredible variety of wildlife.
Below, we’ve detailed key dates to see these fantastic animals.
Whales – end of May to early October
Location: St Lawrence River, Saguenay Fjord and Gaspésie Peninsula – spot white beluga, humpback, fin, sperm, minke & blue whales.
Black Bear – June to September
Location: Laurentians National Park, Duchesnay Resort (near Québec City) and Montebello (Outaouais region.
Moose – all year round
Location: Jacques-Cartier National Park, Matane National Park in the Gaspésie.
Caribou – all year round
Location: Baie-James, Nunavik region, Gaspésie National Park and Grands-Jardins National Park.
Polar Bear – July and August
Location: Nunavik region – observe polar bears in their natural habitat and discover Inuit communities.
Walking & Hiking
Of course the scenery here is amazing, and you can’t look anywhere without being captivated by what you see. With 27 national parks all boasting an astounding diversity of natural sites and scenery, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring. You could venture to spots like Parc national de Miguasha, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, or head to places included on the Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve such as, Grands-Jardins and Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie.
Scenic vistas and a true change of scenery are guaranteed, wherever you go. From stroller-friendly trails suitable for family walks, to mountain trails for seasoned hikers, the Québec national parks network offers nearly 200 long and short trails. What are you waiting for? Book your Québec holiday today and experience all of this and much, much more.