From Andrew Harper
The vast Canadian province of Québec stretches from the Saint Lawrence River valley in the south (where Québec borders Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire) up toward the desolate arctic tundra between Hudson Bay and Newfoundland and Labrador in the north. Québec is distinctively bicultural: France’s colonization ended more than two centuries ago, but French is still the official language here, and while English is commonly spoken, most business signage is in French only.
The province is divided into 22 tourist regions. Montréal, in the south, is a major metropolis and blends neo-Gothic cathedrals with contemporary museums and renowned arts festivals. Québec City, the capital, has a slightly more provincial — and markedly more French — feel; its ramparts give way to spectacular natural parks nearby. Other highlights include the Gaspésie region, marked by rugged maritime splendor, and Montérégie, a lush gastronomic patchwork of vineyards, orchards, maple groves and renowned restaurants.
Canada’s largest province is best seen by car, and the routes along either side of the Saint Lawrence offer spectacular shoreline driving. The 800-plus kilometers of the King’s Road between Montréal and Québec City yield fantastic scenery and pass through a number of charming historic towns.