The province of Quebec is almost three times the size of France, reaching from the shores of the St. Lawrence River to the remote northern region of Nunavik, and as far east as the remote Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

At the heart of the province is Quebec City, a historic walled city with stone buildings and cobblestone streets that have retained much of their 17th-century charm. Every February, the keys to the city are handed over to a giant snowman, Bonhomme, who presides over the festivities at the world-famous Quebec Winter Carnival.

Further down the St. Lawrence River, hip Montreal is brimming with avant-garde restaurants and boutiques. In the summertime, the International Montreal Jazz Festival draws music lovers from across the globe.

In the summer, the lush Laurentian mountains serve as a dramatic backdrop for outdoor pursuits like fishing, hiking, or golfing. On the water, take a whale-watching cruise from Tadoussac, where the St. Lawrence meets the Saguenay Fjord Quebec’s Eastern Townships are ideal for cyclists, with many well-groomed cycling trails through peaceful, lush scenery, while the verdant Charlevoix region is famous for locally produced cheeses and farm-fresh produce. In Saguenay-Lac-St. Jean, cycle the Veloroute des Bleuets (the blueberry cycling trail) or enjoy wildlife at the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien.

With so much happening on the mainland, it’s easy to forget that a tiny part of Quebec resides off the coast. The tiny windswept Magdalen Islands and the dramatic scenery of the Gaspé Peninsula have a French heart with a maritime soul.

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