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Succumbing to temptation in Québec
Covering more than 1,660,000 km2 (640,600 sq. mi.) in the northeast of the continent, Québec invites you to discover its joie de vivre, breathtaking wide-open spaces and first-class accommodations—from large scale destination resorts to cozy B&Bs. Its Native, French and English heritage, blended with a multitude of international influences, grooves to the continent’s cosmopolitan beat.
Inventive chefs use Québec’s abundant terroir products to whip up a cuisine that’s decidedly original, yet knows no borders, and is booming in popularity. On or off the beaten path, you’ll be seduced by upscale restaurants and trendy bistros. Well known for its quality cheeses, Québec is also gaining popularity for its locally produced wines and spirits, such as its famous ice cider. With its generous and bountiful nature, Québec elevates the pleasures of food and drink to a high art!
From November to March, Québec is taken by storm and enlivened by a season that gives it a lift in many ways: skiing in all of its forms, be it under the stars or next to the St. Lawrence River, snow in abundance and snowmobiling on a network of trails spanning 30,000 km (18,500 mi.). But winter is also about trying fun, new experiences: dogsled excursions, ice fishing and snowshoeing amongst other things!
A Québec tour would not be complete without mentioning festivals and festivities. Up to 400 events take place each year animating Québecers’ well-known festive spirit. Major sports and cultural events, lively urban festivals, like the famous Québec Winter Carnival, and quaint village fairs; simply put, anything is an excuse to celebrate and share good times! Dive into the fun, heart soaring, camera clicking. Whether you wish to wander about its friendly cities or kick back in a rural setting, Québec is eager to show you its hospitality. For information and reservations: bonjourquebec.com/us.
Just across the Vermont border lies an outdoor playground of nature, a feast for the senses and a balm for the soul. Spa goers, outdoor lovers and culture vultures will find a multitude of relaxing pleasures in a scenic destination known for its historic villages, wineries, national parks and the richness of its regional cuisine.
It took about a billion years to sculpt the Saguenay fjord in Québec. The first tourists stayed for the night 8,000 years ago, and they’ve been coming back to enjoy kayaking, hiking and great food and fun ever since. Whether you’re looking for an organized adventure with fully qualified guides or a "plan-your-own" escape, your vacation plans can start here. Book your perfect spot on the Saguenay fjord. Why wait another millennium to visit? Come be impressed.
In an exceptional landscape in the heart of snowbound forests, the Laurentian region proposes a range of outdoor activities that take you into our wide open spaces: snowmobiling, ATVing, dogsledding, ice fishing, ski touring, trekking, night skiing on vast stretches of illuminated ski slopes… Rustic huts in national parks, resort hotels and country inns, outfitter camps and lively villages—there are countless welcoming havens. Local cuisine, featuring fine regional products, and Nordic spas all help to confirm the international reputation of the Laurentian region as a winter destination of choice!