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What to see in Quebec


Exploring the historic fortifications and cobbled streets of Quebec City and the Vieux Port de Montreal will be a delight for history buffs. Keen travellers will be entranced by the rich, European feel of the province of Quebec and its distinctly French flavour.

Top urban attractions in Quebec's prime cities of Montreal and Quebec City include the Basilique Notre-Dame, a favourite landmark of Old Montreal; Quebec City's La Citadelle, the star-shaped fort looming above the St Lawrence River; Montreal's controversial Parc Olympique, which looks like a spaceship; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Quebec also lures travellers with a lovely variety of 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 even more protected areas outside of these conservation hubs. Known simply as provincial parks, they include such drawcards as the Laurentian Mountains in southern Quebec, which 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 collections, totalling more than 30,000 objects. The collections…

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Guided walking tours of the three mile (5km) wall surrounding the Old City of Quebec trace the evolution of the city's defence system across three centuries. The walls were built between 1608 and 1871…

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Old Port of Montreal

The Old Port of Montreal along the Saint Lawrence River is actually fairly new, having undergone a big facelift to make it the most popular tourist spot in the city. A major 19th-century…

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Battlefields Park (Plains of Abraham)

Once the setting for bloody battles between the British and the French, the Plains of Abraham today serve as Quebec City's primary 'green lung'. A playground and peaceful arboreal retreat, it's a venue…

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Montmorency Falls Park

Just to the east of Quebec City lies the spectacular Montmorency Falls which plunges 272 feet (83m) â€' one and a half times higher than Niagara Falls. Besides a beautiful…

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L'Île d'Orléans

The little island in the Saint Lawrence River, just 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City, is a historical treasure trove containing 600 heritage buildings. Algonquin natives called…

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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Basse-Ville is Quebec City's charming old quarter, full of narrow winding streets, historical stone buildings and a dizzying array of trendy cafes, bars and boutiques. Also called Lower Town, it's…

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