Bursting with colour and life, Canada is well-known for its beautiful landscapes, cultures and traditions. From historic villages offering a glimpse of Canadian history, peaceful sanctuaries where one can admire the wonders of nature, to the hustle and bustle of vast urban life in big cities, there is something for everyone in Canada.
Quebec the Stimuli
Being Canada’s largest province does not mean it lacks inentertainment and gorgeous sceneries. A melting pot of artistic forms originating in Europe and North America, Québec is alive with creative energy. The obvious Francophone cultural pride is displayed in literature, music, theatre, dance, paintings and sculptures.
Visitors from every corner of the world gather to attend the various annual festivals, which consistently draw international praise. The calendar of cultural events and activities vary from city to city throughout the year, but one thing’s for certain: they are always packed. In doing so you might learn a thing or two about the culture from attending these festivals.
Whether you speak French fluently or have no experience with the language, the gracious residents of Québec are happy to accommodate. Among the most popular shows are the Festival de théâtre des Amériques, the Festival international de nouvelle danse, the Just for Laughs Festival, and the Festival d’été de Québec. Along with the Montréal Jazz Festival, the renowned film festivals in Montréal and Abitibi-Témiscamingue make one thing clear: in Québec’s cities the nightlife never stops.
While travellers may come for the entertainment, many end up staying for the awe-inspiring physical beauty of the province. In summer the Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the largest gardens in the world, is in full bloom for all to see. Throughout Montréal and Québec City there are many important historical sites that have been preserved to capture the heart and soul of the French culture in North America. So make sure your digital camera is fully charged, before you go out and take pictures.
Even so, others still come to see Québec’s 27 national parks: each one is a virtual paradise featuring extraordinary ecological surroundings. The Parc national de Miguasha, on the Gaspé’s Chaleur Bay, is featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This unique area is known for the incredible preservation of its plant and fish specimen, which could very well be 370 million years old.
With a remarkable combination of nature and cosmopolitan culture, it is to no surprise that Québec remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
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