Discover the unique culture of French Canada in Québec! Learning about local language and cuisine as you stroll the cobblestone streets of Montréal and Québec City with local experts, and go beyond the cities to Charlevoix and the Saint Lawrence River for whale watching and more!
As one of the most beautiful cities in North America, Québec City has a lot to offer. Québec City tours are a great way to marvel at European-style architecture and learn about the rich culture that draws heavy influence from France.
At Road Scholar, our Québec City bus tours will bring you along the cobblestone streets to discover local cuisine and learn the local language the city is most known for. You’ll also be able to explore Montréal and quaint towns like Charlevoix and small villages along the Saint Lawrence River.
Located under three hours from one another, Québec City and Montréal are two of Canada’s most populated and well-known cities, with Québec City’s population recorded at over 800,000 as of 2021. Alongside being the 11th largest city in the country, it was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985.
With a Québec City travel adventure booked with Road Scholar, you’ll be able to take tours to both Québec and Montréal to learn about local cultures and explore Canada. Whether you’re looking to take in local sightseeing, the finest of fine Canadian dining, or kick back and enjoy some whale watching, there’s something for everyone on a Québec trip.
If a Montréal and Québec trip has been on your radar lately, here are some of the top reasons to book a Québec City bus tour soon:
National Parks: There’s no shortage of national parks to explore when you arrive in the province of Québec, with Forillon National Park, Mont Tremblant National Park, La Mauricie National Park, and Jacques-Cartier National Park being perfect for adventuring outdoors.
Art: Québec City is also home to some of the world’s most high-class art galleries, with showings featured daily at the Fine Art Museum of Québec and the Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal.
Granby Zoo: With nearly 2,000 different animals representing over 300 kinds of exotic and underwater species worldwide, the largest zoo in Québec is a must-visit for families. Founded in 1953, it continues to be a major tourist attraction with over 500,000 visitors per year.
Maple Syrup: 75-77% of the world’s maple syrup supply comes from Québec, and there’s no shortage to try, with over 400 sugar shack locations spread throughout the region. In fact, it’s considered a highly regarded Canadian delicacy.
Food: Speaking of food … looking to try some of the most noteworthy French-Canadian food in the region? Québec is a must-visit for any traveling food enthusiast looking to add a little more culture to their next meal. While every local might have their take on which ones they would suggest, some of the most popular include:
Poutine (cheese-curd covered french fries)
Viande fumée sandwiches (corn-beef-styled smoked meat often served on rye bread)
Pouding chômeur (white cake infused with maple syrup)
Tourtière (minced pork or beef meat pie)
Tassot (jerked goat of beef marinated in different kinds of citrus juice)
Soupe aux pois (vegetable pea soup with origins as old as 400 years)
Music Festivals: Whether you’re into electronic music, jazz, pop, indie, R&B, or rap, there’s no shortage of live music to experience within the city, with one considered the most important music festival in the entire country taking place in Festival d'été de Québec. Other notable regional festivals include the Montréal Jazz Festival, Rock La Cauze, Festival La Noce, and the Metro Metro Festival.
The Ice Hotel: Yes, you read that right: a hotel of ice. The Hôtel du Glace attracts over 40,000 overnight visitors to take part in a chilly stay within one of the 44 rooms constructed from over 30,000 tons of snow and ice from the Laurentian mountain slopes. Average temperatures range from 26 to 23 degrees Fahrenheit and feature beds made of solid ice alongside a wooden box spring and a mattress. Even if you’re not looking to “chill out” for a while, the hotel also offers visitor packages.
At Road Scholar, our local expert guides will follow a unique itinerary to immerse you in Canadian culture to give you a better sense of the people, cuisine and landscapes of this area.
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind Québec tours, you’re in the right place. Whether it’s a relaxing getaway for two or an unforgettable experience with the grandkids, Road Scholar offers expansive Québec and Montréal tours for seniors that will teach you all about French Canadian culture as well as allow you to interact with locals and try local cuisine, all while visiting historical landmarks.
Book your travel and learn more about Québec travel adventures with Road Scholar today.