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Discover Quebec: 7 must-see destinations

Quebec, with its rich cultural diversity and diverse, breathtaking landscapes, offers a multitude of captivating destinations for newcomers to the country, including international students who want to discover the province during moments of respite. Here’s a selection of some of the most attractive destinations to explore while studying in this Canadian province:


1. Rocher Percé

If you’re a fan of landscapes and, above all, breathtaking sunsets, it’s clear that Rocher Percé and its surroundings will meet your expectations. Although, depending on where you study, it may be a rather long road trip, the destination is at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence opposite the village of Percé, Percé Rock is a rocky islet with steep cliffs and a spectacular natural arch. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll want to make a stop here, as it’s part of the Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé.


2. Montmorency Falls

Located in the Quebec City region, Montmorency Falls, at 83 meters, is the highest waterfall in the province of Quebec, surpassing Niagara Falls by thirty meters. The Parc de la chute Montmorency is a spectacular historic site, offering panoramic views from every angle. Whether climbing the 487-step staircase, crossing the suspension bridge, taking the cable car, climbing the sugar loaf in winter, or taking the zip line, there’s something for everyone.


3. Hôtel de Glace

For a different and unique experience, the Hôtel de Glace offers an experience that reinvents itself every year. Located in the Quebec City region, the Hôtel de Glace is open from January to March and can be visited or stayed overnight. This ephemeral construction made entirely of snow and ice includes rooms, a chapel, a large slide, and an ice bar.


4. Mount Royal Lookout

Located in the heart of Montreal, the Mount Royal belvedere offers an incredible view of downtown Montreal and the surrounding area. To get to the belvedere, first go to Mount Royal, climb the main staircase to the top and admire the view. Mount Royal is a haven of greenery and trails, right in the middle of the big city.


5. Parc du Mont-Mégantic

Ideal for nature and astronomy enthusiasts, Parc du Mont-Mégantic is located in the Eastern Townships. There are outdoor activities for every taste, whatever the season. Whether you’re hiking or camping, admiring the fall colors or putting on snowshoes, there’s always a new way to discover Parc du Mont-Mégantic. Away from light pollution, an evening is a must to observe the starry sky as you’ll rarely have the opportunity to enjoy it. Parc du Mont-Mégantic is renowned for its scientific observatory.


6. Old Quebec

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Quebec is a must-see for its charm and history, commonly referred to as the colonial cradle of French America. A stroll through Old Quebec reveals the vestiges of the past in the form of ramparts, stone houses, narrow streets, French and British-style storefronts and much more. From Petit-Champlain and Place Royale to the Plains of Abraham, Old Quebec is brimming with over 400 years of hidden treasures. Can you unearth them?


7. The Saguenay Fjord

The Saguenay Fjord, in the heart of Quebec, is an awe-inspiring natural wonder. Sculpted by glaciers, its granite walls rise 300 meters above the deep blue water, creating a breathtaking landscape. Activities abound, from hikes offering panoramic views to cruises to discover its marine biodiversity. Each season reveals its own unique facet, from autumn colors to the magic of winter skiing. It’s an unforgettable getaway where the wilderness offers unforgettable memories. Welcome to this natural sanctuary, where the grandeur of nature awaits to fill you with wonder.

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