Canada is a must for absolutely everyone’s bucket list. With its unparalleled natural beauty, kind and welcoming people, and its clean and safe cosmopolitan cities, there is something for everyone in Canada. But where to head to in Canada? Well, we recommend Quebec, especially for those nature lovers out there. Jam packed with; a mixed colonial history influencing the culture and language as well as stunning landscapes and unforgettable experiences. Here’s how to make the most of five days in Quebec! For our other five day guides, click here.
Quebec also known as the “Old Town of Europe on American soil”. This is a political center, a miniature France of Canada, which is highly noticeable from the minute you step onto this Canadian soil. 80% of the population in Quebec are Canadian-French speakers, 8% speak English and the remaining 12% are allophones. It is important to not confuse the province of Quebec, with Quebec City. Quebec occupies one sixth of Canadas land area, with Quebec City being the capital of the province. This means that not only is it comprised of massive buzzing cities both new and old, but there is a vast amount of greenery, stunning landscapes and biomes as well as nature in Quebec.
Day 1- Visit A Remote Sugar Shack 🍁
A national treat. Perfectly paired with a waffle or a pancake or infused into other delicacies, who doesn’t love this sweet syrup and who wouldn’t want to visit the place in which it is produced. Quebec produces between 75-77% of the world’s supply of maple syrup alone meaning you will be spoilt for choice when choosing one of over 400 sugar shacks that are scattered across the province, to visit.
Visiting a sugar shack is one of the best ways to celebrate the beginning of spring in Quebec. Head out to one of the remote wooden cabins in which the sweet treat is produced. Not only will you get to experience the divine taste of the goods but, you can take in the snowy surrounds of the beautiful land that surrounds you. Nature lovers can make the most of taking a stroll around the land to walk off their meal and to take in the nature.
Day 2 - Visit Mont Mégantic National Park 🌲
Outdoor experiences are vital for any visit to Quebec, and this highlights how this is a must location for any nature lover’s bucket list! Situated in the northern part of the Appalachian Mountains, the park has over 50km of hiking trails and is also home to the most important astronomical observatory in eastern Canada: the Mont Mégantic Observatory
Here in this national park, Astronomy, geology, biology and ecology come together in a unique natural setting. With a breathtaking and unforgettable starry sky at night and hundreds of miles worth of natural beauty that is sure to please the eye, this park doesn’t fail to impress hikers and nature enthusiasts. Whether you’re into hiking, observation, biking, skiing, or snowshoeing, there are a number of brilliant activities to partake in here. Open all year round, highlighting the remote beauty of Canada throughout each season, this offers tourists a chance to explore nature and can be enjoyed at day or night.
Day 3 - Mont-Tremblant 🏔️
One big attractive feature for Quebec is the number of skiing opportunities this province holds. One of the most popular ski resorts in the province is Mont-Tremblant, a quaint village located at the base of a ski hill with lots of amenities that cater to all winter sport lovers. If you’re a nature lover, this is the perfect opportunity to pop some skis on and glide down the soft powdery slopes taking in the bright blue sky, the towering trees and the stunning landscapes that are present before you. This is a great spot that caters to all, especially families. A number of activities, shops and restaurants can be found here making your third day a magical experience.
In addition to the number of activities and experiences here, the countryside that surrounds this special spot can be explored by all at any time of the year!
Day 4 - Whale Spotting 🐋
Take a trip to the coast of Quebec. Why? Well, this is one of the few places in the world in which you will have the lucky opportunity see a wide array of large sea mammals, which are attracted to the rich supply of shellfish in the St Lawrence River. There are a number of whale-watching (and other sea mammals) tours that take place ready for eager and adventurous nature lovers to jump aboard and sail the choppy waves. You can observe up to 13 species of whales, a multitude of seabirds, four species of seals in Quebec. Get your camera ready because this will be a brilliant snap if you spot one!
Day 5 - Îles-de-la-Madeleine 🚵♀️
The Îles-de-la-Madeleine archipelago is a series of islands located at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. This is a highly popular destination for nature lovers especially for those who want to go cycling, kayaking, camping, as well as windsurfing and kitesurfing. One of the largest islands located here is home to indigenous archeological sites and the historic La Grave quarter, which includes historical fishing buildings, an aquarium, a museum, and cafés and boutiques. This trip makes for a greta day out and is a great way to explore the remote beauty of Canada.
Once you've seen the sights of Quebec, keep your Canada trip going with the famous Transcontinental Sleeper Train which connects from Montreal to Toronto all the way to Vancouver.
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