Montreal is the largest French speaking city outside of France. It has a Notre Dame Cathedral, bateaux mouches, a Latin Quarter, and a Metro! Cafes and restaurants abound in all the neighborhoods. Marvel at the spectacular beauty of Quebec City. Its 400 year history is revealed in the architecture, narrow winding streets, and ramparts. Quebec City is the first city in North American to earn the UNESCO world heritage designation.
Québec loves a fête! Festivals take place during all four seasons, including major musical events such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The Festival d’été de Québec is Canada’s biggest outdoor artistic event. Every August the Quebec City International Military Band festival takes over the old quarter and fortifications, along with a prestigious Military Tattoo. In this same spirit, choirs from around the world come to Laval to perform and to attend concerts, workshops and clinics.
The blend of cultures has contributed to the cuisine. The French culinary base is enriched by the contribution of the First Nations and the British. Some of the regional products that make the epicurean experience special include ice wine, ice ciders, Charlevoix lamb, farm-bred game (Gulf of St. Lawrence shellfish, artisanal cheeses, fruits and maple products. The Quebecois are so proud of their agricultural products that the tourism board promotes “gourmet routes,” through the various regions known for their products.
For a taste of European joie de vivre, visit the province of Quebec with your choir, instrumental group, French class, or study group.
To learn more about Canada, please sure to visit the Quebec Tourism website: www.bonjourquebec.com
We can create a tour around your group’s passion and ensure it is enriched by all the unique venues Canada has to offer! Just look for your special interest, under Tour Ideas.