Rural Québec holiday highlights

One of the longest rivers in the world, the mighty St Lawrence is in parts more like open sea. It divides the south of Québec City and is the gateway to Eastern Canada and New England by cruise. Approximately 2 hours along the north shore of the river is the municipality of La Malbaie, which was one of the first holiday resorts in Canada, popular with well-heeled Americans for almost 200 years. An array of summer and winter activities make this a popular resort to this day.

Parcs Québec is responsible for the conservation of Québec’s 43 natural regions. Mont Orford is accessible from Montréal and offers hiking, kayaking, cruises and spas. In autumn, the sugar maples provide a stunning colour show. Mont-Tremblant is best known as a popular ski resort, but it also plays host to lush forests and great rivers. The mountainous Gaspésie region is home to Chic Chocs Mountain Lodge, whilst on shores of Lac Sacacomie you will find Sacacomie Lodge.

Rural Québec key facts

Time difference

GMT -5 hours

Capital

Provincial capital: Quebec City

Currency

Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Flying time to destination

Montreal 7½ hours

Language

French and English

Passport & visas

An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is now required for British citizens travelling to Canada, please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details

Rural Québec good to know

Tipping

Many Canadians in the service industry rely on tips to supplement their income. Tips or tax are not usually automatically added to a bill in Canada, but you should always check. Taxi drivers, hairdressers and waiters are generally given 10-15%. Bellhops, porters and doormen are generally paid Can$1 per item of luggage. It may be advisable to carry small change for this purpose. These figures are for guidance only and assume that service has been good.