Quebec City is the capital of Quebec, the second largest province in Canada, and is home to an eclectic mix of modern attractions, historical villages and breath-taking countryside. Thousands of tourists visit Quebec City each year to explore the walled city of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take part in the spectacular winter carnival that welcomes guests from all over the world. Quebec City is also an ideal destination for nature lovers as there are a variety of stunning lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife reserves located just a short drive from the city centre.

Jacques-Cartier National Park, Quebec City

Jacques-Cartier National Park

The Jacques-Cartier National Park is located just 31 miles from Quebec City. The park boasts over 60 miles of scenic hiking trails that pass through rolling mountainside, deep valleys and clear blue lakes teeming with different species of fish such as Atlantic salmon, Arctic Char and brook trout. The vast majority of visitors to the park come to fish, and fishing licences and fees can be purchased upon arrival. Visitors also share the park with black bears, moose, caribou, deer and gray wolves. The park offers many different activities including skiing, canoeing, kayaking and snowshoeing. 


Ski enthusiasts can head to the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort situated on the Laurentian mountain chain to test their skills on the 71 skiing trails available to visitors. The resort offers night skiing over 19 different slopes including the highest night skiing slope in Canada. As well as skiing, guests can take part in dog-sledding, paragliding, hiking, golf, ice skating or relax in the nearby spa. 

Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Area 

If you have a good, reliable car such as those available from Chrysler Quebec, then make the scenic 50 mile drive to the Cap-Tourmente National Wildlife Area located on the St Lawrence River. The historic park is home to 325 species of bird including the pileated woodpecker, American Black Duck, Blue Jay and the Barred owl. According to Environment Canada, black bears, porcupines, red squirrels and white-tailed deer are also sighted on occasion. During the summer, the park offers organised outdoor activities including guided hikes, nature rallies and picnics. 

Le Corridor du Littoral
Le Corridor du Littoral, Quebec

Le Corridor du Littoral 

The Canadian province of Quebec offers a staggering 7000 miles of bicycle trails across some of the most beautiful countryside the world has to offer. Le Corridor du littoral forms one of the most picturesque parts of the 5000 mile long Route Verte, and cyclists pass through the charming town of Old Quebec. Another notable stop on the trails is the awe-inspiring Montmorency Falls, a waterfall that stands 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. 

Visitors to Quebec City are spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting things to do. As well as a host of beautiful natural attractions, the town offers museums, cultural centres, concert halls, and a large number of vibrant bars and restaurants. Canada is known for its changing climate, and the four well-defined seasons bring different attractions and activities for visitors that will keep the whole family entertained. 

Carmella Ward has spent much of her working life in the travel industry.She enjoys sharing her insights online and her posts mainly get picked up by travel related blogs.

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