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Quebec

Belugas and Blues: Best Whale-Watching Spots in Quebec

By MERLE ROSENSTEIN

Blue whale in the St. Lawrence River Côte-Nord, Manicouagan Region (Photo: Marc Loiselle/Le Québec Maritime)

Get adventurous this spring or summer with a trip to Quebec to see one of thirteen species of whales that careen along Quebec’s maritime coast via organized tour, or—for a more adventurous experience—climb into a kayak to get an eye-to-eye view. (more…)

“Sugar Off” at Quebec’s Sucrerie de la Montagne Sugar Shack

By LAURA PELLERINE

Photo: Ryan Krochko

Maple syrup is more than a breakfast condiment to Quebecers—it’s a multimillion-dollar industry: 77 per cent of the world’s maple syrup is produced here, and when the sap starts flowing it means one thing: “sugaring off” season has begun. (more…)

The Insider Guide to Quebec City’s Musée National des Beaux-Arts

By AMANDA HALM

Photo: Sandra-Cohen Rose and Colin Rose

With almost 35,000 works of Quebec art dating all the way back to the 17th century, the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec is a must-see for art lovers. Go for the paintings and stay for a prison tour. Afterwards, play on the Plains of Abraham or shop the gift shop. (more…)

10 Nature and Wildlife Safaris Across Canada

By KAT TANCOCK

Orca, British Columbia (Photo: Jonathan E. Shaw)

You don’t have to go as far as Africa for a world-class nature experience, whether it’s wildlife viewing or something a little less traditional. Bring homegrown excitement to your next vacation with these 10 Canadian wilderness and wildlife safaris. (more…)

8 Decadent Montreal Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Gargamel cake at Fous Desserts

By Marcella DeVincenzo

Montreal’s pastry chefs have got flaky pastries, rich mousses and cream-filled confections from around the globe down to a science. Here are some of the city’s sweet favourites. (more…)

14 Romantic Winter Escapes

Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, AB (Photo courtesy of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts)

By Carissa Bluestone

You don’t have to run off to Aruba to celebrate Valentine’s Day or beat the winter blahs: there are plenty of options for romantic long weekends within our borders. Revel in unearthly icy beauty or hide from it in front of a roaring fireplace. (more…)

What’s New at Quebec’s Top Ski Resorts this Winter

Photo by Oliver Croteau

By Merle Rosenstein

Quebec’s main ski centres—Mont Tremblant, Mont-Sainte-Anne and Le Massif—challenge outdoor adventure-seekers with unnerving elevations and pristine powder. Strap on some skis and find out what’s new this season. (more…)

16 Summer Vacations to Book Now

Prince Edward Island; photo courtesy of Tourism PEI/John Sylvester

By Carissa Bluestone

Winter is far from over, but if you plan to visit one of Canada’s most popular summer destinations this year, don’t waste any time snatching up the choicest hotels and tours. If you do, you may miss out on early-bird discounts or have to postpone your dream vacation altogether. (more…)

Pic-Bois Maple Vinegar, Quebec

By Kat Tancock

If you’re a maple lover, you’re probably already using the syrup on more than just pancakes: on top of plain yogurt, added to salad dressings or as a natural sweetener for your morning oatmeal. But if you’re ready to take things up a notch, reach for a bottle of the latest kid on the maple shelf: sweet and sour maple vinegar from Brigham, Quebec’s Cabane du Pic-Bois. (more…)

5 New Year’s Eve Hot Spots in Quebec City

Inside the Château Frontenac on New Year's Eve. Photo by Michel Roy.

By Amanda Halm

For a such a quaint city, Quebec sure knows how to party. And unlike in bigger cities on New Year’s, the party comes sans traffic snarls and expensive entrance fees. Here you’ll find outdoor ice bars, a huge street celebration and a variety of fine dining options. (more…)

Érablière Escuminac Birch Syrup, Quebec

By Kat Tancock

Maple syrup is a potent symbol of Canadiana and a key staple in many of our nation’s pantries. But what you may not know is that the sugar maple doesn’t have a monopoly on the business of sweet sap. A growing industry is making use of birch trees to produce a similar sugary nectar.

Like maple syrup, birch syrup is produced by tapping mature trees—usually 30 to 70 years old, and at least 10 inches in diameter—in early spring, then evaporating and filtering the sap before bottling. Érablière Escuminac, in the Gaspésie region of Quebec, currently taps 6,000 trees annually, though the property has the capacity to harvest from up to 25,000 as demand increases. (more…)

Luc Boissy of Domaine Château-Bromont in Quebec’s Eastern Townships

By Waheeda Harris

Executive chef of the four restaurants (Les Quatres Canards, La Trattoria, Bistro at the Hôtel and Les Terrasses) of the Domaine Château-Bromont resort in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Luc Boissy has spent his career devoted to La Belle Province and its distinct cuisine. (more…)