October 28 2010 by Bryson Forbes
"La belle province," as it is affectionately known, is Canada's only province with a predominantly French-speaking population. It is the largest province in land mass and second in population, behind only Ontario. In fact, Quebec is three times the size of France! Les Québécois are very passionate people and their province is rich with history. Many battles have been waged along the St. Lawrence River and some of Canada's defining political moments have occurred with Quebec and its people at the forefront.
Many people who visit Quebec remark on its "European" feel. The urban areas, especially Quebec City & Montreal, certainly have an old world vibe. The language, the food and wine and the people are connected with their historical roots, while crafting a Canadian identity that is unique and celebrated.
Quebec City is more traditional than Montreal, smaller in size and has been called the most beautiful city in Canada. Montreal is more metropolitan, truly a world-class city. Montreal hosts an annual Grand Prix, a huge jazz festival, and is home to the beloved Montreal Canadians hockey team. The night life is legendary, making Montreal Canada's version of the city that never sleeps. Montreal was also the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Games in 1976.
Last fall I wrote a blog about the best places to ski and snowboard in Canada and, not surprisingly, Mont Tremblant made the list. It is only a one-hour drive from Montreal, plus has the convenience of an airport. Tremblant has a charming, walkable village with great food, dining and shopping.
Tourism Quebec is a fantastic resource and a great starting point for anyone thinking of a trip to Quebec. As you travel, there's always a Best Western hotel nearby, and if you stay two separate times, you can earn double rewards and triple if you book at www.bestwestern.com. If you're not already a member, join Best Western Rewards today.
Please share any insights you have about making a Quebec trip even more fantastic! Allons-y!