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Quebec tourist attractions to see on your next travel adventure
Quebec is rich in culture, scenery, and yummy food. Wander through the historic sites of Old Quebec, partake in a food tour, have an afternoon of relaxation in Montreal’s Botanical Gardens, or explore roads less travelled. Here are 10 Quebec tourist attractions to get you started on planning your Quebec motorhome trip, enjoy!
Miguasha National Park
If you are interested in fossils and history, this one is for you! Miguasha National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site with a museum and extensive fossils from the Devonian-era, the time-period when marine life started to heading onto land.
known for its European-like charm and ambience. Start with walking the quaint cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants. Then head to Chateau Frontenac, Rue Saint-Jean, Place Royal, Parliament Hill, Plain Abraham, or Old Port for a taste of cultural history. Within the lower town of Old Quebec, you’ll find Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America.
is a boardwalk in Quebec City offering great views of the St. Lawrence River and Orleans Island. Many benches, restaurants, and street performers will compliment your visit. Tour the Chateau Frontenac or simply take in the views. The boardwalk is located above a currently active archaeological site, so check out the old ruins beneath your feet! The funicular (an old railway now used for passengers) takes you down to the Lower Town.
Old Montreal is a Cultural Heritage site of Quebec. The best way to see Old Montreal is by taking a horse & buggy ride to admire the architecture, then wander on foot or hop on a boat tour. The main street here is Rue de St. Paul which has lots of shops for souvenirs, restaurants, and cafes with French pastries.
Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal
The gothic style church was originally built in 1830. At the time it was the biggest church in North America and carried this title for another 50 years. In 1989 it was designated a National Historic site. The only person buried in the church crypt is James O’Donnell, the main designer. The church is strikingly beautiful on the interior with rare stained glass depicting the history of religion in the area instead of traditional bible scenes.
Interior of Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal
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Mount Royal, Montreal
Mount Royal is an old volcanic mountain turned beautiful scenic park within the city of Montreal. To get to the top where there is a nice resting area you can hike, drive, or cycle, and even count on a paved walkway if you have a stroller!
Montreal with Mount Royal in the background
Photo Attribution: By Laurent Bélanger (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Walking trails on Mount Royal
Photo Attribution: By Matias Garabedian from Montreal, Canada (Au bonheur de l’automne au parc Mont-Royal) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo Attribution: By Matias Garabedian from Montreal, Canada (Au bonheur de l’automne au parc Mont-Royal) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Space for Life
in Montreal includes the Montreal Botanical Gardens, the Montreal Biodôme, The Montreal Insectarium, and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, making it Canada’s Largest Natural Science Museum complex. This summer, enjoy live music in the gardens every Sunday.
In front: Montreal Biodome, behind: Montreal Olympic Tower.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Visit the world-class Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on a Sunday for free admission.
Currently, (summer 2016) they have a Pompeii exhibit. A few of their collections are Quebec and Canadian Art, Early to Modern International Art, and International Contemporary Art. Their past exhibits include; From Van Gogh to Kandinsky, Anne Frank: A History for Today, From Gainsborough to Moore, George S. Zimbel, and many others.
Aka Laurentides is one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world and offers magnificent hiking and outdoor experiences. The two provincial parks in this range are Oka & Mont Tremblant.
Mont Tremblant is the largest national park in the province. With over 1,500 square kilometres there are 400 lakes, six large rivers, and many small streams. Needless to say, there is hiking, biking, and high chances of seeing wildlife here. It is only 4 hours from Quebec City and just under 2 hours from Montreal.
Oka is a fraction of the size of Mont Tremblant Park at 23.7 square km. But, being less than an hour from Montreal, the location makes up for that. This is a great day trip if you want to relax by the sandy beach with your family. You can rent kayaks, a canoe, hike/bike one of their trails or just wander through the forest. If you have just picked up your RV and want to unwind in Canada’s nature or if you want to spend one last night in a Canadian park before returning your RV, this is the spot.
Fall foliage in Laurentian Mountains
Located minutes from Quebec city. They are higher than Niagara Falls though not as wide. Their claim to fame is being the largest waterfall in Quebec.
Make sure to try “tire sur la neige”, aka Maple Taffy, a tasty Quebecois desert
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