Quebec, it’s ideal

Yves Lafontaine
Whether you fancy a quiet retreat or lust for a frenzy of festivals, Québec is North America's hottest summer destination. Let yourself be seduced by Québec's irresistible charm, its cosmopolitan cities, its wild open spaces and the fabled joie de vivre of the Québecois. Montréal's round-the-clock attractions have something for everybody’s rhythm. By day, explore the Montréal Botanical Garden, second largest in the world, and the exotic worlds of the Biodôme and Insectarium. Take a cable car up to the top of the curvaceous Montréal Tower, over the Olympic Stadium and Montréal skyline. Pack a picnic and frolic on Parc du Mont-Royal, or the Parc des Îles. At dusk, flirt with romance with an old-fashioned promenade in horse-drawn calèche ride through the streets of Old Montréal. Visited by luxury liners from foreign ports, Montréal's Old Port is an exciting window onto the St. Lawrence and the world. After dark, flock with the night-owls winging to the bars and the terraces of Gay Village. Perched like a jewel on Cap Diamant over the majestic St. Lawrence, Old Québec is the only fortified city north of Mexico. Its narrow cobbled streets crowded with colorful cafés, restaurants and boutiques and street musicians and entertainers beg to be explored on foot. The Plains of Abraham, where the destiny of New France was decided, and Québec Citadel, Place Royale and the Old Port still ring with history. To have a better feeling of what Québec is, you need to explore Québec the Appalachian in Montérégie and Estrie, Québec's Wild West of Abitibi-Témiscamingue,the Fjord in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Navigator's Route along the historic St. Lawrence, and the Whale Route, where every summer 10 species of whales can be observed at the same time. A stay in a Québec country resort, inn or bed and breakfast offers relaxing moments in an idyllic setting by the shores of a lake or river, on the crest of a mountain or in the heart of a valley. Most lodging establishments offer enticing packages of sports activities pampered with comfortable lodging and refined cuisine. Whether it's canoe-camping, sea-kayaking, rock or ice climbing, hiking or whitewater rafting, lovers of adventure will find it with a capital "A" in Québec! With its rich history, Québec is a delightful blend of the New World and the Old. The Québécois are warm and friendly people, full of energy and creativity to match their vast surroundings, and proudly attached to the language and culture that make them unique in so many ways. Big-city sights, country resorts, sweet exhilaration or complete relaxation, no matter what your pleasure, you're sure to find it in Québec. And just when you thought you'd seen it all, Québec will surprise you, again and again!