Luxury holidays in Quebec

Canada’s predominantly French-speaking province, Québec is home to metropolis Montréal, riverside Québec City – with its fortified colonial core, Place Royale, and nightlife-loving historic harbor, Vieux Port – and a handful of rustic settlements in the east. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the rugged coastline of the Gaspé Peninsula, marvel at the vast open sky over the taiga and tundra, and zip down snow-covered slopes near the province’s sister cities. Hungry? This part of the world is famous for its poutine, molasses-based St Catherine’s taffy and maple desserts (Québec produces almost three quarters of the world’s favourite pancake topping). Work up an appetite exploring, then treat yourself to some of the sweet stuff.

Areas in Quebec

When to go

Visit in the last week of June or first week of July to make the most of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the second week of February to take part in frosty fun at the Quebec Winter Carnival, and in late August to take to the skies during the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival. Québec is warmest (and busiest) from July to September, and suitable primarily for sled-dogs and parka-piled-people from November to March.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Direct flights from across the US and from major European hubs – Paris, London, Rome and others – as well as domestic flights from across Canada land at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.
  • Trains

    Via Rail operates a service that runs between Québec City and Montreal, then on to Toronto and Ottawa.
  • Automobiles

    The roads are easy to navigate and there’s plenty of car hire company choice at airports and in cities; go for a four-wheel drive if you’re visiting during snow-filled Canadian winters.