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Vacations and Sightseeing

Old Quebec City is one of the most enchanting holiday destinations in winter. The scenery is beautiful with snow on cobblestone streets and the atmosphere is lively, thanks to the cultural events and attractions. It comes as no surprise that this oldest fortified North American city has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy winding magical pedestrian streets in the historic Quartier Petit Champlain. Or enjoy the charms of the old town, its restaurants serving delicious cuisine, museums packed with culture, such as the Musée de la Civilisation, and boutiques near Place Royale.

Montreal has a European flair and sophistication that makes it one of the most popular metropolitan centres in Canada. As Canada's second-largest city next to Toronto, Montreal has restaurants, sensational shopping, world-class festivals, unparalleled nightlife, plus an Old Town that offers an authentic historical experience. Old Montreal (French: Vieux-Montreal) is a historic area southeast of the city centre with many different attractions, such as Montreal's Old Port, Place Jacques-Cartier and Montreal City Hall. Old Montreal has distinctive architecture and narrow cobblestone streets, it is very attractive to tourists and is located in close proximity to the river. There are many well-preserved historic buildings, such as Notre-Dame de Montreal Basilicella, Bonsecours Market, the impressive 19th-century headquarters of the major Canadian banks on St. James Street and Ernest Cormier's Art Deco University of Montreal. Most of the historic buildings date from the 17th to the 19th centuries. They are beautifully lit at night. There are also many interesting museums and churches.

There is much natural beauty in Quebec, but the jewel of the province is the Forillon National Park. It is located on a peninsula with the sea on the right. It is where the majestic Appalachian Mountains end. The park has cliffs, bays, pebble beaches. Forillon National Park is home to black bears, foxes, hundreds of moose, coyotes. Mink and martens have nested in the branches of the trees. Without a doubt the most beautiful part of Forillon National Park is Gaspe. The Indian tribe that used to live here called the area "the place where the earth ends". Approximately 250 square kilometres of beautiful nature are waiting for you.



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