The Lure of Quebec

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In the past few years Canada has become known as a destination for those seeking employment. With the worldwide recession setting back the economies of most countries, Canada is one of the few which is actively encouraging people with various skills from all around the world to emigrate there where they will be offered a job.

But Canada is also a great tourist destination whose potential has not yet been fully realized. The vast expanse of varied landscapes and the multi ethnic cities have created a wide array of visitor attractions. Here are some of the fascinating attractions of Quebec Province in Canada.

Québec province is massive; so much so, in fact, that in order to get around, depending on the season you can travel by river, airplane, forest trail or even go cross-country skiing. As one would expect, there are a huge amount of domestic travel agents specialising in outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking. To be sure you are getting the highest quality of service possible, make sure you book your trip with a member of Aventure Écotourisme Québec. If you are interested in fishing, or want to see wildlife up close, avail of the services of a Fédération des Pourvoiries du Québec member, as they offer a wide variety of tours including camping, motels, hostels or hotels. The choice is yours! There are 400 of these members, and you will find them all around Québec.

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Québec is full of spectacular features created by nature, such as volcanoes, inlets, ravines, cascades and much more. A large number of these can be found in the province’s many national parks and UNESCO sites. The best bit is that, even though the province of Québec is undoubtedly huge, one is never really all that far from the wonders of nature. Around the city of Montréal, white-tailed deer graze. Just 30 miles from the city of Québec, one can witness the snow goose migration. Meanwhile, the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is just two hours by car from Québec City.

Québec’s importance to biodiversity has been acknowledged by UNESCO, who have now designated four protected areas in the province to conserve natural ecological processes. These are Mont Saint Hilaire, Manicouagan Uapishka, Lac Saint Pierre and Charlevoix. Charlevoix contains two national parks; Hautes Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie and Grands Jardins. UNESCO has also made Parc National de Miguasha a World Heritage Site, due to the wonderful collection of fossils found here. Near the Gulf of St. Lawrence, on Île Bonaventure, is a quite significant reserve for northern gannets.

Québec is blessed with a huge amount of watercourses, but two which are especially noteworthy are the Jacques-Cartier (a Mecca for fans of rafters and canoeists) and the Saguenay, which empties into a spectacular fjord. This province’s landscape also features many canyons and gorges. Four of the most impressive are the Rivière Observation canyon, on Île d’Anticostithe; the Rivière Sainte-Anne canyon, just outside the city of Québec; the Portes de l’Enfer canyon, 22 miles south of Downtown Rimouski; and the Coaticook Gorge, in the Eastern Townships. Many outdoors enthusiasts say that they love to hear the roaring sound of water. If you are one such person, three in particular that you won’t forget are the Chute Vauréal, on Île d’Anticosti, which falls from a height of 330 feet, and the Chaudière and Montmorency Falls, not far from the city of Québec.

If you are interested in caverns, potholes and caves, Québec has about ten of these fascinating natural features to investigate. If the study of rocks and minerals is your thing, there is a huge amount of quarries and mines in the province, with major reserves of agate, gold, quartz and copper.