Is Quebec City worth a visit

Articles from the "Current" section | | 12/15/2020 | ± 4 minutes reading time

Quebec is a Canadian province with a rich history. The influences from the French colonial era can be found everywhere: in the architecture as well as in the recipes and in the sights. The province has a lot of beautiful nature, but also impressive cities that are worth visiting. To travel to Quebec you need an eTA or a Canada visa.

The capital is called just like the province: Quebec

One of the attractions of the province of Quebec is the capital Quebec, a historic city on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. The old town, Vieux-Quebec, which consists of the upper town (Haute-Ville) and the lower town (Basse-Ville), is characterized by its colonial architecture and the narrow streets that make you almost feel like you are in France. One of the main attractions of Vieux-Quebec and the whole city is the Château Frontenac, built in 1893, one of the most expensive hotels in the city. The hotel, built in the style of historicism, is located on the top of a hill and can therefore be seen from afar. The district Petit Champlain district in the lower town (Basse-Ville) has been able to keep its original atmosphere with picturesque streets and numerous boutiques and restaurants.

In the south of the upper town (Haute-Ville), which is actually about 90 meters higher than the lower town located directly on the bank of the river, is located La Citadelle, a military fortress that now serves as a museum. In the upper town you will also see the Notre Dame de Quebec Cathedral, which was raised to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Pius IX in 1873.

In another district worth seeing, the government district (the "Colline parlementaire"), you will, as the name suggests, meet the parliamentary buildings of the province. The city can also be visited from the water by taking the ferry to Lévis, a town on the other side of the river.

Montreal: Vieux-Montreal, Latin Quarter and Ville Souterraine

Montreal is the largest city of Québec, the second largest city in Canada after Toronto and the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Just like Quebec City, Montreal also has an old town with historic buildings and charming streets and squares: Vieux-Montreal. One of those places is that Place d'Armes, on which the Basilica Notre Dame de Montreal stands, a magnificent church from 1829. Many visitors find this basilica even more impressive than its famous namesake in Paris. Another square that is well worth seeing is Place Jacques-Cartier, which is teeming with terraces and street artists in summer.

Travelers with a particular interest in art and culture should visit the Latin Quarter. This is the city's university district where a vibrant arts scene has developed. For a beautiful view of the city, go up the Mont Royal hill. At the top of this hill is Park Mont Royal, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York.

Another part of the city is hidden beneath the surface of Montreal. Montreal has a network of underground pedestrian tunnels and shopping arcades of more than 20 miles in length, called Ville Souterraine or Ville interior, in English Underground City. In this way, underground stations, the two main train stations, shops, restaurants, hotels and cinemas, bus stations and much more are connected with each other.

Impressive nature

The Canadian province of Quebec is known not only for its lively cities, but also for its breathtaking nature. One example of this is the spectacular Montmorency waterfalls, which, at 84 meters high, are even higher than the famous Niagara Falls. In Quebec there are also some national parks that are worth visiting, including those Mont Tremblant and Forrilon belong. The Mont Tremblant National Park, which is about a two-hour drive from Montreal, is very popular with hikers, canoeists and winter sports enthusiasts. Forillon National Park further northeast on the Gaspé Peninsula is famous for its steep cliffs and rocks.

South of Forillon National Park is the island of Bonaventure, home to around 120,000 northern gannets, the largest colony of this bird species in the world. If you want to see wildlife, you can also visit Tadoussac, the place where the Rivière Saguenay flows into the Saint Lawrence River and where no less than 12 species of whales can be found. Tadoussac is therefore the perfect starting point for a whale watching excursion. In the vicinity of Tadoussac is also the Saguenay Fjords National Park with the beautiful Saguenay Fjord where white dolphins live.

Apply for eTA Canada online

To travel to Quebec, you need an eTa or a Canada visa. necessary. Most holidaymakers can use the Canada eTA and therefore do not need to apply for a visa. The eTA can be applied for online in a few minutes and is usually issued 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 can last up to six months. Travelers with an eTA Canada have enough time to discover all the highlights of Quebec or other parts of Canada. Apply for an eTA Canada now and experience the old French influences in Quebec.