Quebec is the largest province in Canada, with more than 8.2 million residents. It’s known as La Belle Province (The Beautiful Province). There is a vibrant, multicultural feel in the Québécoise air that earns the province’s moniker; the “Europe of North America.” It is a land that is dotted with Cruise Canada rental RVs as they make their way along the roadways of Quebec.
Quebec is well-known for its enormous forests, rolling hills and its watery network. There are a million different lakes and waterways, made up of more fresh water than is found in any other province. Another special thing about the province of Quebec is that it’s home to one of our Cruise Canada RV rental locations, located in Montreal. There’s not a better way to experience Quebec and its surroundings than in the comfort of one of our top-of-the-line class C motorhome rentals.
Unlike the other provinces, Quebec’s official language is French. In fact, the capital city of Quebec is Quebec City, with a population of close to 800 thousand people. Also, within the Quebec Province is the 2 nd largest city in Canada (4,000,000 people) and also the largest French- speaking city in the world, Montreal; a city that cherishes its festivals, living well, good food, the arts and enjoying life to the fullest. While on the subject of Montreal, this is the home of one of our Cruise Canada RV rental locations, and it’s the perfect place to start your Quebec exploration.
Known for its food scene, Montreal never comes up short of a tasty celebration of any kind. And, yes, we know that there is a kitchen in our rental RVs from Cruise Canada, but between the poutine (French fries swimming in cheese curds and gravy), the patisseries, the English pubs, old-aged Jewish delis and the magnificent food markets like those in Paris, there are always new places in which to explore their fine, unique cuisine. There are 250 theater and dance companies and more than 90 festivals each year. The biggie, of course, is the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, followed up by shows and parties celebrating the movies, comedy, and gay pride.
Most visitors to Quebec spend the majority of their time in Montréal and Quebec City, with one exception—Tadoussac. The reason for the hordes that accumulate here is the abundance of visible whales in the area. We humans tend to answer their call whenever given the chance, and what better chance than to rent an RV in Toronto and travel to Tadoussac? Some whales aren’t viewable without being in a boat, like the behemoth Blue Whale, but some are visible from the shore, such as the belugas and the minkes. The whale action slows way down between the months of November and May. But, in addition to whale watching, the village of Tadoussac is a fitting place for kayaking, surf biking, explorations on foot or by boat, and a myriad of other outdoor activities. After all, the town retains its charm all year long.
Another beautiful trip to take in your rental RV is to Baie St Paul, where you’ll find the perfect mix of the beautiful outdoors and the bohemia lifestyle. In fact, this is the proud hometown of the original Cirque du Soleil show. This is a great place to kick back and grab some chow, have a glass of wine, and listen to the gentle power of the and St Lawrence rivers as they flow into and out of Baie St Paul. And, there is plenty of nearby spots to camp overnight in one of our Cruise Canada RV rentals.
The Parc National de la Gaspésie is 802 square kilometers of spectacular scenery. Aside from the almost countless lakes, two of Canada’s most beautiful mountain ranges (the Chic Choc and McGerrigle), occupy the area. It is in this park that RVers will find some of the most inviting camping areas, as well as one of the best and most beautiful sections of the Appalachian Trail. There’s even a well-known herd of caribou that reside in the park, so you might get the chance to gander at them.
The Îles de la Madeleine are a group of salt-swept, windblown red-dirt islands, all sporting tufts of grass peppers. These islands are quite a sight upon which you’ll enjoy casting your eyes. The Magdalen Islands (Îles de la Madeleine) make up an archipelago with 350 km of beaches, red cliffs, coves and caves; all teeming with wildlife. There is actually a highway (Rte 199) that traverses the islands of this archipelago, so you can travel the 200 km-long roadway in your rental RV from Cruise Canada. Don’t hesitate to stop your motorhome and drop the kayaks into the water for some exploration of these coves and caves.
These are just a few things out of thousands that RVers can see and do as they travel through the great Province of Québec. It really does feel like a country embedded into another country, with its linguistic singularity and such a divers list of things to on your trip. It’s the passion of blending mother nature and her beautiful scenery with man’s accomplishments, turning out enjoyable experiences from winter snow to summer beaches, from gastronomy to wine tasting, and from the hustle bustle of the city to the serenity of your motorhome rental. Most of all, it’s a wonderful place to make memories that will last a lifetime.