There’s more to Quebec than Montreal. Explore these 10 regions to find out why

Percé Rock, Quebec

The Canadian province of Quebec is known for its vibrant primarily French-speaking culture and breathtaking landscapes, but it offers a plethora of under-the-radar experiences that promise to enchant and inspire. From the rugged coastlines of Gaspésie to the historic streets of Old Quebec, a visit to any of these off-the-beaten path destinations will make your journey through Quebec truly unforgettable.

Explore Charlevoix’s artistic legacy

In Charlevoix, art and scenery blend seamlessly which is why it has inspired artists for generations. Visit the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, where local artists’ works tell stories as vivid as the region’s landscapes. Stroll through art galleries set against a backdrop of rolling hills and sparkling rivers.

Embrace the wild side in Gaspésie

The Gaspésie region beckons with its rugged coastlines and rich wildlife. Hike through Forillon National Park to witness seals basking on ice floes or explore the underwater world at Percé Rock National Park, where colourful marine life thrives just beneath the waves that lap the iconic arched rock that gives the park its name.

Unwind in the Eastern Townships’ serene retreats

The Eastern Townships are a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Soak in the thermal baths of Spa Eastman, nestled in a tranquil forest setting, or wander through lavender fields at Bleu Lavande, where the air is perfumed with calming scents.

Navigate the maritime routes of Quebec

Quebec’s maritime heritage is rich and alive in the eastern regions of the province as the might St. Lawrence River flows to the sea. Board a historic schooner at the Maritime Museum of Quebec or kayak along the Saguenay Fjord, where cliffs rise majestically from the sea and belugas play in the waters.

Experience the Northern Quebec wilderness

Above the 49th parallel, at the doorstep to the Far North, you’ll find the pristine wilderness of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James. This traditional territory of the Cree is an anglers’ paradise or for anyone who loves outdoors adventure. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, it doesn’t get further than this.

Step back in time in Old Quebec

Old Quebec’s cobblestone streets and historic architecture transport you to another era. Explore the fortified city with its preserved ramparts and iconic Château Frontenac, a living museum of European charm in North America.

Immerse in Lanaudière’s cultural mosaic

The delightful Lanaudière region is a tapestry of culture and tradition. Attend a performance at the Festival de Lanaudière, one of Canada’s largest classical music festivals, or discover local folklore at La Maison du Pain d’Épices.

Adventure awaits in Mauricie

Mauricie is a playground for thrill-seekers. Conquer the rapids on a white-water rafting expedition on the Saint-Maurice River or zip-line through the canopy at Parc de l’Île Melville, where adventure meets nature.

Sail into the heart of Iles de la Madeleine

The Iles de la Madeleine archipelago beckons with its windswept beaches and vibrant Acadian culture. Sail around the islands, explore hidden coves by kayak, or sample the fresh seafood that makes this region a culinary treasure.

Bask in the natural splendour of the Laurentians

The mountainous Laurentians region that is the cottage-country playground north of Montreal is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise all year-round. In summer, you can hike the scenic trails of Mont Tremblant National Park and come winter, you can ski down its powdery slopes. Each season offers a new way to experience this land’s stunning beauty.

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