Vive la France in Canada’s French Countryside
Dreaming about visiting France, but your wallet is feeling a little empty for the cross-Atlantic flight? Then how about just crossing the border and heading to Québec, for a slice of French Canadian culture. For the best way to explore French Canada, hotel search trivago.com found five of the most beautiful towns and areas in La Belle Province that will let you embrace your inner Francophile — without ever having to leave North America.
Îles de la Madeleines
© Tourisme Îles de la Madeleines
Red cliffs, crescent-shaped beaches, underwater caves, and classical French maritime architecture are just the start of what makes the Magdalen Islands so charming. Stay in the largest town Cap-aux-Meules and join into the local Acadian nightlife at a boîtes à chansons, or kayak, windsurf, hike and whale watch as you explore the 12 islands that make up the archipelago.
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Stay in Charlevoix’s charming towns of Baie St. Paul or La Malbaie to explore fjords, headlands, bays, and hills of this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Charlevoix region is a gourmand’s dream, and the famous Route des Saveurs (Flavor Trail) — starting in Petite-Rivière Saint-François and ending in La Malbaie — is a must-try for any traveling foodie.
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Perhaps the single best place to whale watch in Canada, Tadoussac is alive with marine wildlife and home to Canada’s first marine national park. Step inside the petite chapelle de Tadoussac, the oldest church in the US and Canada, or hike up to Islet Point for a view of the Saguenay Fjord that will leave you breathless.
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The town of Percé is home to one of the world’s largest natural water arches, the Rocher Percé (Percé Rock). Visit at low tide, and walk right up to the hole in the rock. A favorite with bird lovers, visitors to the town can also take a ferry to Bonaventure Island, the world’s largest and most accessible bird sanctuary.
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© Association villégiature Tremblant
There’s more to this crown jewel of the Laurentians than its winter ski slopes. Come summer it’s time to boat and swim Lac Tremblant, hike (or gondola) up the mountain, fish, enjoy the music of Les Rythmes Tremblant festival, or practice your French as you explore la petite village.
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