Known as the only dominantly French speaking province in Canada, Quebec is also one of the country’s most naturally beautiful and culturally rich areas. With cosmopolitan centres such as Montreal and beautiful wilderness, the country is home to a number of hidden gems well worth seeking out for visitors to Canada.
While often eclipsed by the bigger more cosmopolitan Montreal, Quebec City, the province’s capital is also home to a number of stunning sights. The Chateau Frontenac is the city’s most recognisable landmark. Cited as thes ‘most photographed hotel in the world’, the Chateau Frontenac is a grand railway hotel built at the end of the 19th Century. The Chateau is known for its grandiose appearance, which dominates the city’s skyline.
Pingualuit Crater Lake
The remnants of a crater impact nearly 1.5 million years ago, the Pingualuit Crater Lake is an almost perfectly circular lake in the remote Quebec tundra, specifically the Ungava Peninsula. One of the clearest lakes in the world, its water is sourced entirely from precipitation so its levels vary frequently. The lake’s remote location means it is not a site for everybody but for those with an appetite for adventure and natural beauty, it is well worth seeking out.
Carbide Wilson Ruins
One of the province’s more left-field destinations, the Carbide Wilson Ruins is the eerie remains of the home of a Canadian inventor by the name of Thomas “Carbide” Wilson. Known for his paranoid and reclusive nature, the eerie building compliments the inventor’s mythology perfectly. Located within the beautiful Gatineau Park (itself a site worth seeking out), in Chelsea, Quebec, the ruins are worth paying a visit, especially for those seeking out sites off the beaten track.
Les Jardins de Quatre-Vents
One of the province’s most impressive stately homes, Les Jardins de Quatre-Vents are amongst the country’s most spectacular gardens. The former home of Francis Higginson Cabot, a wealthy investment banker and a known enthusiast of gardening, Les Jardins de Quatre-Vents were his final major project. Encompassing 20 acres of land, the gardens feature an eclectic range of plants and are divided into a number of thematic sections, with individual gardens focusing on Japanese plants, sculptures amongst many others. The gardens are only open over a four day period in the summer, but for those lucky enough to be in the area at this time, a visit is essential.
Located on the Montmorency River in Quebec City, Montmorency Falls is, as its name suggests, a large waterfall and one of the province’s most recognisable natural landmarks. Easily accessible via a suspension bridge and an aerial tram, the falls are known for the beautiful view provided from the vantage point. An iconic visual staple of Quebec, they are certainly worth a visit.
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