Quebec

The city of Québec makes a perfect holiday destination due to its mix of European and North American cultures, beautiful historical landmarks, and exciting arts and dining scenes.

Stroll through Old Québec — an UNESCO World Heritage site and the only walled city north of Mexico. You can take sightseeing tours around the area or explore the art, architecture and culture at your own pace. Québec provides the perfect environment for outdoor activities. Enjoy cycling and hiking in botanical gardens and urban parks during the summer, as well as dog sledding, skiing and ice skating in the winter. Choose from an interesting mix of trendy bistros, traditional restaurants and terraced cafes for breakfast, lunch and dinner — when you can savour authentic French cuisine blended with modern flavours alongside world-famous wines from sprawling nearby vineyards.

With a vibrant nightlife that includes theatre productions, jazz bars and stylish cocktail lounges, Québec's appeal is timeless.


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Quebec facts at a glance
Flight time:
7 hours
Time difference:
-5 hours
Currency:
Canadian dollar
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

The most popular time to visit Québec is from June to September. This time of year brings the nicest weather, average temperatures of approximately 25°C, and lots of festivals and social events. Low season — when the streets are quieter — is during spring and autumn, as few big events are scheduled. There are plenty of exciting sports to enjoy in winter, but remember that it's very cold!

Things to do

Visit Old Québec, an UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can see the world's most photographed hotel, Château Frontenac, the open-air art gallery, Rue du Trésor, and the oldest stone church in North America, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. You can also find horse-drawn carriages, walking tours and street entertainers. Shop at large malls such as Laurier Québec and Les Galeries de la Capitale, or wander around the speciality boutiques and gourmet food stores of Avenue Cartier. The Plains of Abraham, one of the globe's largest urban parks, is an ideal place to enjoy cycling and cross-country skiing, or why not spend a day at Village Vacances Valcartier — a huge water park that also offers many activities during winter. Take a history tour at the ancestral site, Wendake, or visit the city's naval, chocolate and cultural museums.

Food and drink

Québec offers a variety of fine and casual dining venues. La Fenouillière serves veal medallions and lamb with fresh thyme and rosemary, while Le Saint-Amour offers caribou steak and an extensive wine list. There are African-themed meals at VooDoo Grill and traditional Québec cuisine at Aux Anciens Canadiens — where the staff are dressed in period clothes. Charbon Bar and Grille is a more laid-back restaurant offering grilled seafood and North American beef. There are also plenty of burger bars and pizzerias, as well as lots of bars and pubs.

In the evening

The nightlife in Québec features something for all tastes. The city is home to many theatres and festivals to add some entertainment to your evenings. In Old Québec, there are small — but lively — venues hosting folk singers and bands, while the Nouvo Saint-Roch area is the place to go for late-night dance clubs. Throughout the city, you find plenty of bars playing live jazz, blues and rock music. If you want a more relaxed night, try a cocktail lounge or wine bar such as Bar Ste-Angèle and Le Moine Échanson.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

Please check that you have the correct travel and medical insurance before you visit Canada. You should also consult your GP six to eight weeks before you travel for advice on possible vaccinations and medication.

You must ensure that you have the correct visa for your destination and visitors travelling to Canada must have an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Browse the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (https://www.fco.gov.uk) for up-to-date information about entry requirements.

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