Occupying the northeastern corner of North America, Quebec is Canada’s largest province by area. Its preserved French heritage and Francophone culture sets it apart, and it’s the only province where French is the official language. Its main cities, Montreal, Quebec City and Gatineau all offer an energetic cultural scene, excellent shopping, upscale accommodations and top-notch cuisine and wine in the French (Be sure to try a Quebec harvest time specialty: taffy on the snow, or molten maple syrup solidified on snow).

The capital Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is split into two levels connected by stone stairways. The Upper Town, circumvented by old city walls boasts the landmark hotel Chateau Frontenac, with medieval-looking gables and turrets and green copper roofs. From here you can access the fortified Citadel.

Cafes on cobblestoned alleys accentuate the European flavor of Upper Town. The Lower Town’s 17th-century streets are centered on Place Royale, the cradle of French civilization in North America. Gatineau flourished as a logging town in the early 19th century.