French-speaking Québec is a vast province renowned for its thriving culture, cuisine and entertainment. Venture into thick forests for the chance to see black bears and moose, while the mighty St Lawrence River offers exceptional whale watching.
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St Lawrence River
With attractive cities scattered along its shores, the St Lawrence River is the gateway to the Great Lakes and a key part of Québec’s early fur-trading success. A wide varierty of wildlife can be seen in the river, particularly around the Saguenay Fjord area – seals, birds and up to 13 different species of whale including beluga, minke, humpback and even the mighty blue whale.
The provincial capital, Québec is renowned for its blend of European charm in a New World setting. The only fortified city in North America, Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Château Frontenac with its distinctive fairy-tale architecture of and the turbulent origins of Battlefields Park give the city a strong sense of history.
Further south lies Montréal, the world’s largest French-speaking city outside Paris. Located on an island at the confluence of the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, Montreal’s Old Port offers a wealth of water-based activities. Excellent shopping, dining and nightlife give the city a real contemporary buzz, and Montreal regularly hosts international festivals and sporting events.