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2016 Travel Guide to Canada

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TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA A round every corner, down every wilderness trail, along every cobblestoned street, is a spot of beauty. And a very unique Québec state of mind. One of Canada's largest provinces, la belle province is known for its deep traditions rooted in centuries of French history and culture. It touches and transforms every- thing from culinary traditions to kick-up- your-heels festivals, to songs and music, and the joie de vivre that is the trademark of the province. Passion is in the air. Visitors will fi nd an irresistible tableau of experiences, sights and emotions that will spark the beginning of a love affair with the province. Those in search of tasty treasures will fi nd it along culinary trails, in markets and on dinner plates in bistros, inns and fi ve-star restaurants. It is easy to fall madly in love with the French history and heart-warming traditions of the people and their commu- nities. It is found in the warm smiles of the people, from cities to towns to villages and along country roads. Embrace the beauty. Embrace Québec's culture and history. Experience its people and pride. QUÉBEC: THE SEASONS FILL THE SENSES Across the calendar, there are seasons for the senses. There's warmth, an energy and spark that blankets the province. Québecers love to celebrate by fi lling their days and weeks with special events and festivals. It's their way to mark pride and joy in their unique heritage and, happily, doors are wide open to visitors. The Québec Winter Carnival—the world's largest—anchors the wintertime with its snow slides, ice sculptures and canoe race on the frozen St. Lawrence River. Across the province, they pay homage to the cooler seasons—from Polar Nights (Les Nuits Polaires) in Trois-Rivières to Le Massif Fall Colourfest in the Charlevoix region, and all points between. Everywhere, Québec's National Holiday is celebrated on June 24 th with shows, parades, bonfi res and fi reworks. When the sun shines and the air is warm, there are music festivals—Montréal International Jazz Festival (Festival International de Jazz de Montréal), Québec City Summer Festival (Festival d'été de Québec) and many others—as well as cultural festivals, including the Just for Laughs Festival ( Juste pour rire) and the New France Festival (Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France). tiMeLeSS BeaUtY BY JOSEPHINE MATYAS tiMeLeSS BeaUtY QUÉBeC QUÉBeC tiMeLeSS BeaUtY QUÉBeC tiMeLeSS BeaUtY CHÂteaU frontenaC, oLD QUÉBeC CitY • SHUtterStoCK/aLManio QUÉBEC

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