The second-most populous province in Canada, Quebec also boasts a French-speaking majority and is the only monolingually French province in the country. Naturally, not only the language but French culture has been preserved here.
Quebec City is the capital of the province and features a charming old town, remnants of its original city walls, and also boasts the sprawling Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Montreal, however, is the largest city, and the world’s second-largest Francophone city (after Paris). Skyscrapers, historic riverfronts, towering cathedrals, botanic gardens – Montreal has it all.
Chaudiere-Appalaches, a rural region of Quebec, is characterized by quaint villages, agriculture, and watermills. The region’s beautiful parks are perfect for bike rides – especially when the autumn hues are out.
The Charlevoix area boasts mountain scenery and has seen vacationers from as early as the 1760s. Parc national des Grands-Jardins features many opportunities for hiking – on the dramatic Mont du Lac des Cygnes, for example.