Quebec

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  • Montreal e Quebec
  • Verdant plain of Charlevoix
  • What to see on the south coast
  • Northern Quebec: what to see

It must have been the beautiful panoramic views, or the extraordinary mountain towns that recall our alpine villages that have given - rightly - the nickname of "Belle Province"To the region of Quebec?

It must have been the frenzy and elegance of its main metropolises (Montreal e Quebec City) or the suggestive solitude of the fascinating lands of the far north that magically enchants?



It matters little, Quebec is a successful mosaic of these unique and extraordinarily exciting pieces that, with equal merit, can well claim the right to have contributed to the coining of the lucky nickname.

Montreal e Quebec

View of Montreal from Mont Royal

The main metropolises, Montreal it's the capital Quebec, have elegant and refined features that recall the typical glories of European capitals.

Montreal

Montreal, the largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, is distinguished by an elitist and refined spirit, and will certainly enchant you thanks to the style with which it has been able to welcome ethnic groups from all over the world, giving itself a touch of multiculturalism typical of the metropolises of the III millennium.
To get in tune with the spirit of Quebec, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, sit at a bar, order a café au lait and let yourself be enchanted by the wonderful views of this city: in an instant its elegant, superb and melancholy mood it will have already sweetly ensnared you.

Village in Laurentians

Just outside the big cities, Canadian nature claims its space and all the typical diversity. In the region of Laurentians, the immense hills, interrupted here and there by some lakes, will fill your sight and also your spirit.



On the mountains, there are numerous villages where cozy streets wind their way, illuminated by the bright windows of fashion boutiques and nostalgic craft shops, which suddenly open onto squares where a small church stands out: a typical Italian alpine landscape.

Many of these villages are also renowned ski resorts, such as Saint-Save-Des-Monts o City Of Mont Tremblant, where the Festival International du blues is held annually, a cult for lovers of the genre.

Also noteworthy Val-David which, in summer, hosts the renowned ceramics exhibition 1001 Pots Festival e Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carrè with its sugar shack, where you can taste - with the original tally pull method - maple syrup, perhaps the most famous local product in the world.

Speaking of typical products, Armand Bombardier made a virtue of necessity and invented the snowcat: in Valcourt there is the museum dedicated to him with numerous reconstructions and films that, certainly, will not fail to amaze you. If, then, you have children on board, undoubtedly, make a note Granby: his zoo will be able to distract them for some time from the inevitable “how much is missing?”.

Verdant plain of Charlevoix

Pianura at Charlevoix

This province will not fail to be appreciated also by lovers of the plain. North of Quebec, the verdant one stretches out Charlevoix: admire the simplicity of the rural rhythms of the farms that support it and let yourself be guided by the gastronomic delights of genuine and organic foods along the route des saveurs. Along the way, you will appreciate the stupendous scenarios that open up before your eyes and that, in the past centuries, made even the bourgeois and aristocrats who chose Charlevoix a holiday destination fall in love with: one of the most illustrious was undoubtedly the US President Taft who, at Point au Pic, built his cottage.



If, on the other hand, you are interested in the other side of the coin of American glory, pay a visit to Big Island, will provide you with a new point of view on the history of the past centuries. At the turn of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, this locality was a quarantine station: here, you can visit hospitals and disinfestation rooms, reflecting on one of the most dramatic pages of the migratory phenomenon.

Also in Charlevoix, there is no shortage of valuable natural gifts: the high rocky mountains of the Malbaie River High Gorges Park swoop down on the banks of the river, offering a truly impressive landscape to be enjoyed - perhaps - aboard a canoe. Even if you are not particularly keen on cetology, you cannot miss an interesting whale watching session in the Saguena River, departing from the town of Tadoussac.

What to see on the south coast

No less interesting will be an excursion on the southern coast of Quebec: numerous attractions - all equally fascinating - will satisfy your curiosity and arouse your interest.
A Chicoutimi you can admire La Pulpierie, a paper and cellulose production plant, in the past one of the largest in the world; to Saint Jean Port Joli wood craftsmanship is the master; the refinement of Wolf River, a renowned tourist center of the 200.000th century, will offer you a step back in time with the XNUMX vintage photographs of Quebec, preserved in Lower St. Lawrence Museum; to Three pistols indulge in the whim of playing Basque pelota in Canada's only field and, finally, a Rimouski you will discover the dramatic history of Empress of Ireland, the ship that sank here causing 1.012 casualties, the second most tragic maritime disaster to date after the Titanic.


The landscape of the peninsula of Gaspé it will be really suggestive: on the jagged coasts, there are small and characteristic villages with narrow streets and the inevitable church with a spire; in Gaspé, you can learn much more about the history of the region by visiting the themed museum; to St. Flavie you can sip hydromyel, a favorite drink of William Shakespeare, produced by the Viex Moulin and, finally, in Pérce admire the Rocher Percé, a polychrome limestone rock 88 m high and 475 m long, which has become a national symbol.


Northern Quebec: what to see

Finally, solitude and adventure are the synonyms of a trip to Northern Quebec: here, the population density reaches minimum values ​​and, without too much imagination, you can realistically test the austere living conditions that the first settlers encountered. Among the attractions, the lighthouse keeper museum in Pointe Des Monts stands out; the Musée Regional de la Cote Nord (on the history of northern Quebec) and the Musée Shaputuan (dedicated to the Inuit) in Sept Iles.

Even more desolate are the views of the far north, where mostly only natives live in the freezing and arid tundra. The subsoil, rich in precious minerals, attracted numerous adventurers and predators of which, toponymically, traces still remain, such as the town Val d'Or; the area of ​​Baie James is home to hydroelectric power plants that end in Radisson, a town 1.400 km from Montreal, which has 350 inhabitants. Here the Northern Lights, visible for a period of about 9 months a year, it is the only phenomenon capable of warming hearts from austerity and climate rigidity.

A trip to Quebec cannot fail to surprise you for its climatic, naturalistic and urban diversity; on the return of which you cannot fail to enthusiastically and nostalgically remember landscapes, people and unique experiences in the world.


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