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What to see in Quebec

Attractions


Top urban attractions in Quebec's prime cities of Montreal and Quebec City include the Basilique Notre-Dame, the favourite landmark of Old Montreal; Quebec City's La Citadelle, the star-shaped fort looming above the St Lawrence River; Montreal's main green lung, Parc du Mont-Royal; Montreal's controversial Parc Olympique, which looks like a space ship; Ile d'Orleans, known as the cradle of French civilization in North America; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Exploring the historic fortifications and cobbled streets of Quebec City, and the Vieux Port de Montreal will be a delight for history buffs, and culture vultures will be entranced by the rich, European feel of the province of Quebec, which is distinctly French in flavour.

Quebec also lures travellers with varied wilderness areas. There are four Canadian national parks in Quebec: Forillon National Park, La Mauricie National Park, Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, and Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park. There are many other beautiful protected natural areas called national parks in Quebec but these are actually provincial parks. The Laurentian Mountains, in southern Quebec, are a particularly popular playground for those in search of natural beauty and outdoor recreation.


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

During the past 140 years the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has assembled one of North America's finest encyclopaedic…

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Fortifications

Guided walking tours of the three miles (5km) of city wall that surrounds the old city of Québec trace the evolution…

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Old Port of Montreal

Montreal's Old Port (Vieux Port de Montreal) is actually fairly new, having had a major face-lift to make it the most…

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Battlefields Park (Plains of Abraham)

Once the setting for bloody battles between the British and French, the Plains of Abraham today serve as Quebec City's…

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Montmorency Falls Park

Just to the east of Québec City lies the spectacular Montmorency Falls, plunging 272 feet (83m), one and a half…

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L'Île d'Orléans

The little island in the St Lawrence River, just 15 minutes from downtown Québec City, is an historical treasure…

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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City's Lower Town (Basse-Ville) is the charming 'old quarter' of the city, full of narrow, winding streets, historical…

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