Quebec is a Canadian province with a rich history. The influences of the French colonial era can be found everywhere: in the architecture, in the cuisine and in the sights. The province has a lot of natural beauty, but also beautiful cities that are worth visiting. For a trip to Quebec, you need an eTA or a Canada visa.
Capital with the same name: Quebec
One of the main attractions of Quebec is its eponymous capital, Quebec, a historic city on the banks of the Saint Laurent River. The old city centre, Vieux-Quebec, is characterised by colonial architecture and narrow alleys, which almost make you feel as if you were in France. The highlight of Vieux-Quebec is the Château Frontenac, built in 1893 and one of the most expensive hotels in the city. The hotel is located at the top of a hill, so that it can be recognised from far away. The Quartier Petit Champlain is a cosy neighbourhood with picturesque streets and numerous boutiques and restaurants.
South of the upper town (Haute-Ville), which is about 90 metres higher than the lower town, which lies directly on the river bank, lies La Citadelle, a military fortress that now serves as a museum. Haute-Ville is also home to Notre Dame de Quebec Cathedral, which was elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Pius IX in 1873. The city can also be visited from the water, by taking the ferry to Lévis, a place on the other side of the river.
Montreal: city above and below ground
The largest city in Quebec is Montreal. It is also the second largest city in Canada after Toronto and the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Like Quebec City, Montreal has an old part of the city with stately buildings and atmospheric streets and squares: Vieux-Montreal. One of these squares is the Place dʼArmes, where the Notre Dame of Montreal is located, a magnificent basilica that was built in 1829. Many visitors find this basilica even more impressive than its famous namesake in Paris. Another square worth visiting is Place Jacques-Cartier, which in summer is filled with terraces and street performers.
Travellers interested in art and culture should not miss the Latin Quarter. This is the university district of the city where a rich art scene has developed. For a beautiful view of the city, you can climb the Mont Royal hill. On top of this hill is Mont Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York.
Underneath the surface of Montreal, there is another part of the city. Montreal has an underground tunnel system of more than 32 kilometres called Ville Souterraine. This underground system is not only used for public transport; one can also find shops, restaurants, hotels and cinemas here.
Quebec is not only popular because of its lively cities, but also because of its breathtaking nature. An example of this are the spectacular Montmorency Falls which, with their height of 84 metres, are even higher than the well-known Niagara Falls. Quebec also has some national parks that are definitely worth visiting, including Mont Tremblant and Forrilon. The national park of Mont Tremblant, which is about two hoursʼ drive from Montreal, is popular among hikers and canoeists, but also among winter sports enthusiasts. The Forillon National Park on the Gaspé peninsula, located further north-east, is known for its steep cliffs and rocks.
South of Forillon National Park is Bonaventure Island, home to some 120,000 Gannets, the largest colony of these birds in the world. If you want to spot animals, you can also go to Tadoussac, where the Saguenay River meets the Saint-Laurent River and where no less than 12 species of whales can be found. Tadoussac is therefore the perfect starting point for a whale watching trip. Near Tadoussac is the beautiful Saguenay Fjord, where white dolphins live.
eTA Canda online application
Travelling to Quebec requires an eTA or Canada visa. Most tourists qualify for an eTA Canada and therefore do not need to apply for a visa. The eTA can be applied for online in the span of a few minutes and is generally granted within three days. The eTA is valid for five years from the date of issue and can be used for an unlimited number of trips to Canada. Each stay in the country may not exceed six months. This means that travellers with an eTA Canada have more than enough time to discover all the highlights of Quebec or even other parts of Canada. Apply for an eTA Canada now and immerse yourself in the French influence of Quebec!