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Quebec

Palais des Congrès, Montreal

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Photo by Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose

Why we chose it: The Palais des Congès convention centre is one of the most photographed structures in Montreal. This photograph captures the interior at a great angle, getting the light just right, accentuating the soaring ceilings and managing to make the sleek floor look like rippling black water. An artistic and eye-catching take on one of the city’s most artistic and eye-catching modern buildings.

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11 of Canada’s Best Wedding Destinations

Sometimes travel is for work, sometimes it’s for play and sometimes it’s for a once-in-a-lifetime (fingers crossed!) event, like getting married. If you’re planning a destination wedding somewhere in Canada, this slideshow by Canada’s top bridal magazine, Wedding Bells could help you find the perfect spot, whether on a bluff overlooking the sea, in a stately early 20th century mansion in Toronto, under the Yukon’s northern lights or seated on caribou skins in Quebec’s ice hotel.

See all 11 destinations and venues at WeddingBells.ca.

Image by Xavier Dachez.

Hotel Tour: Quebec City’s Hotel 71

By Amanda Halm

In a 19th-century bank building, Hotel 71 has a five-star feel in a four-star accommodation. Its best features include the expansive views of the Old Port neighbourhood and, get this: a penthouse with a staircase that spirals to a private outdoor terrace.

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Shopping Quebec’s Coolest Quatier: Rue Saint-Jean

Maison Jean-Alfred Moisan. Photo by Feng & Jia.

By Amanda Halm

When it comes to Quebec City shopping, Petit Champlain and the Old Port are the beaten paths. Instead, head for the rue Saint-Jean, outside the walls, to prowl for locally made fromage, aged Italian balsamic vinegars and sexy lingerie as well as the truly bizarre: a sitar simulator, an outfit made entirely out of chocolate, a cookie-cutter in the shape of a pig’s head.

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Perks & Quirks: Hôtel de Glace, Quebec

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By Kat Tancock

There are hotels with quirks, and then there are hotels that are quirks, like the seasonal Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Quebec City, originally inspired by a similar structure in Sweden. (more…)

Aurora Borealis from the Trans-Taiga Road, Baie-James, Quebec

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Photo by Axel Drainville

Why we chose it: It’s northern lights season! This photo from the remote Baie-James region in northwestern Quebec captures everything that’s mystical about this cold-weather sky show—the swirls of green cauldron-like light swirling through a starry sky. Pure eye candy, it makes us want to go there immediately, no matter the temperature.

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Unexpected Quebec: 5 Hidden Gems Beyond the Walls

Parc St Roch (Photo by Amy Pantone, Pantonephotography.com)

By Amanda Halm

The Old City seemingly has it all: winding cobblestone streets, Artist Alley, the looming Château Frontenac. But adventurers will discover some of the city’s best treasures in Saint-Roch, an industrial-area-turned-artist hub, and Limoilou, the city’s oldest borough. (more…)

Fire on Water, Pont-Rouge, Quebec

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers. Share your adventures by joining our Flickr Group so we can easily find you. We’ll credit you and link to your photo. If you have a particular theme you’d like us to showcase, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo by Denis Collette

Why we chose it: Fall is spectacular in Canada and until it’s over we’re gonna milk it for all it’s worth. A far cry from the standard foliage landscape, this unique abstract reflection is practically a Monet. Sizing the image as a square, mimicking a canvas, was a perfect choice.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Saint-Sauveur, Quebec

Photo by Neal Jennings

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, 60 kilometres north of Montreal.

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By Ilissa Maiatico

BREAKFAST

The Laurentian town of Saint-Sauveur is a popular destination for skiers in the winter, but with all the fall foliage, it’s coming in to one of its most beautiful seasons. The Obodum Bistro-Café offers a full menu of eggs, buttermilk pancakes, fresh fruit and juices. (more…)

Road Trip: Outaouais and La Petite Nation

Photo by Quoi Media

By Tim Johnson

Tracing the languid flow of the big, beautiful Ottawa River along its northern banks, the Outaouias region of Quebec is a pleasing a mix of water and wild. Add in a dash of Quebecois cuisine, some high-flying adventures and one of the quirkiest hotels in the nation and you’ve got a great drive. And best of all? The region, which includes an area around Montebello known as La Petite Nation (an old Algonquin term), lies roughly halfway between Montreal and Ottawa, so you can take it all in en route, driving from one of Canada’s best cities to another.

Roadside Attractions

1. The charming village of Montebello, right on the river about a two-hour drive west of Montreal, is a place where you’ll want to linger, with its abundant green spaces and compact main street lined with cute shops and cafes.

2. Just north of town, hidden out in the woods, the Fairmont Kenauk—an institution since 1930 and a private club until the 1970s—offers stylish access to the great outdoors.  Now owned and operated by luxury hotelier Fairmont, the Kenauk spans a stunning 65,000+ acres of Quebec wilderness and includes 70 lakes and countless hills and small mountains. Go fishing, take out a canoe or kayak, shoot some clay pigeons with a 12-gauge, hike, bike, and even bed down for the night in one of their lovely, rustic cabins—each of which comes with its own private lake.

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Road Trip: Eastern Townships – Sherbrooke to Montreal

Photo by Waheeda Harris

By Waheeda Harris

Although not a lengthy distance, this part of La Belle Province is packed with heritage towns, tempting boites and plenty of Quebecois charm. Many distractions can be found in the Eastern Townships in the towns of North Hatley, Magog, Orford and Brome before ending the journey in Montreal.

Modes of Transport

Driving can make this into a day trip, but take the time to meander off Autoroute 10 to discover some of the lures of the region. Cycling is another way to enjoy the leisurely pace of the Townships, and if a day on two wheels has tired you out, the Taxi-Velo can come to the rescue.  From point A to point B its 157 kilometres as the crow flies (just under two hours), but consider taking a long weekend and  another 50-75 km for side trips.

Roadside Attractions

Make time in Sherbrooke to visit the 11 al fresco murals that are found throughout the downtown. Each one reveals some history of the town, its citizens and the region, as well as a snapshot of the changes that occurred in the 20th century. (more…)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Sherbrooke, Quebec

Photo by Michel Gagnon

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is our series highlighting the best local restaurants across Canada. Today we are featuring top restaurant picks in Sherbrooke, Quebec, which is a two hour drive east of Montreal.

Have a tip for your city? Let us know on Twitter or on Facebook.

By Waheeda Harris

Breakfast

The first meal of the day starts with all the right fixings at Eggsfruits – from café au lait and smoothies to bagels and eggs a multitude of ways, this cafe will help fuel your day of wandering the streets. Walk off breakfast with a tour of the Sherbrooke’s 11 fresco murals, which celebrate the city’s history and citizens.

Eggsfruits, 4200 King Ouest Sherbrooke AC 819-562-8686

Lunch

Savour the European way to dine with a table on Restaurant Le Bouchon‘s terrasse, or when the temps turn cooler, a spot near the window in the light-filled modern dining room. The contemporary French menu includes favourites such as bavette de boeuf or pork filet with citron and Dijon, but those in the know will order confit du canard, a regional specialty. Finish with a dessert plate with selections from Fromagerie de la Gare, a well-known local cheese boutique.

Restaurant Le Bouchon,  107 Rue Frontenac, Sherbrooke QC 819-566-0876

Dinner

Fine dining and exploration go hand in hand on The Orford Express, a refurbished train that takes guests from Sherbrooke to Magog and back, as they experience a four course dinner, a video and audio history of the area, live music and the opportunity for an after-dinner stroll by the Magog waterfront. Quebecois hospitality make this a memorable dinner on the rails through the Eastern Townships.

The Orford Express, Marche de la Gare, 806 Place de la Gare Sherbrooke QC 819-575-8081