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Rent a car in Quebec to explore every corner of this fantastically diverse region of Canada. Montreal and Quebec City boast a rich cultural heritage, while the far reaches of the north are home to an array of native communities. Experience the stunning landscapes with your very own rental car for a Canadian adventure.

It's your choice: Where to go in Quebec

Quebec, set in the east of Canada, is the country's largest province and second most populous after Ontario. Visitors arriving in Quebec will land at either Quebec City's large international airport, Jean Lesage, or in Montreal. Both airports are well connected to other Canadian cities, as well as several US and European destinations. While Quebec City is the province's official capital, Montreal is its economic and cultural epicentre. Rent a car in Quebec to travel with ease. With your own 4 wheels, you can explore quaint European-inspired towns, the mountainous terrains of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, and the rugged coastline of Northern Quebec, which is famed for its whale-spotting opportunities. When planning to visit these different regions of Quebec, make sure to give yourself enough time – the landscape is vast, and attractions can be far away.

What to do in Quebec

Trips to Quebec encompass myriad experiences, from cultural weekends in the city to days spent in the wilderness of the northern regions. If you opt to go to Quebec City, you'll likely spend most of your time in its resplendent Old Town. The stunning colonial buildings are peppered with cafés, hotels, and restaurants serving up fine French dishes. Montreal is a wonderfully cosmopolitan destination, famed for its liberal attitudes toward the LGBTQ community and fabulous nightlife. You'll find most of the city's attractions in Old Montreal, which is beautifully lit up in the evening. Montreal is a vibrant affair, with large museums, must-see sights, numerous parks, and countless festivals celebrating everything from jazz to Shakespeare – the city is overflowing with culture. In both Quebec and Montreal, European café culture is embraced. Spend the afternoon with a coffee and pastry, simply watching the world go by.

Important info about Quebec

Outside its large cities, Quebec offers stunning scenery that will delight lovers of the great outdoors. Visit the communities of southeastern Quebec, which runs along the coast, to see a fascinating side of the province. Meanwhile, the north may be the most dramatic and visually stunning part of Quebec. Port-Cartier is an excellent place to base yourself for exploring the majestic St Lawrence River, where you can spot whales in their natural habitat. Head even further north, and you'll find yourself among the Inuit and other native communities of Canada. To visit this remote region, you'll need to rent a car in Quebec and prepare for the long but highly rewarding journey. Knowing a little French will be supremely helpful when travelling in Quebec as much of the population is monolingual, especially in the more remote regions.

Weather in Quebec
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Country Canada
Language French, English
Currency Canadian Dollar
Time-Zones Eastern Time (GMT-4)
Country Code +1

Good to know

US and European drivers visiting Canada for fewer than three months likely won't need an international permit. As most road signs in Quebec are in French, a good GPS can make navigating the region much easier. While Canadian roads are generally well maintained, they can get snowy in winter and may not be cleared immediately. Make sure to follow weather updates and local advice. Keep in mind that seatbelts must be worn by all passengers, and using a mobile phone at the wheel can result in a hefty fine. The drink-driving limits in Canada (0.0–0.08%) are strictly enforced, and breaking them can land you in serious trouble with the authorities. Finally, if you're planning to explore the more remote regions of the province, especially in the winter months, considering renting a 4x4 or other large vehicle that can cope with the sometimes snowy conditions, and remember to dress warmly.

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What to taste in Quebec

Given Quebec's French-Canadian status, it should come as no surprise that its cuisine is unique. Tuck into a plate of poutine, Quebec's signature dish of fries served with cheese curds and gravy. While it's not exactly a refined dish, poutine is a perennial favourite among locals and visitors alike. Tourtière, another must-try, is a traditional meat pie with local variations on fillings ranging from wild game to beef. For the perfect quick lunch, a Montreal bagel is just the ticket. Slightly smaller and often a little denser than those you'll find in New York, these bready delights are cooked in open wood ovens right in front of you at local bakeries across Quebec. Quebec, a prolific producer of cheese, also has several cheese routes for visitors to explore. Eat your way through scrumptious local favourites accompanied by a glass of red wine.

What to bring to your friends from Quebec

Quebeckers, known for their arts and crafts, produce a wide array of fantastic artisanal jewellery, often incorporating iconic Canadian diamonds. If you're looking for something edible, keep in mind that cheeses are produced across the province and make a fantastic present for friends and family. While you could opt for Saint-Paulin, Oka, and Trois-Pistoles – some of the more famous brands – you could also visit a local deli to sample their delicious range of local fromage. Canada is synonymous with the maple leaf and, of course, maple syrup. Pick some up at the supermarket, or for a truly Quebecois experience, venture to a sugar shack. There are also plenty of other maple products available, such as tea, cookies, and liquor. Quebec also produces some fantastic beer, which makes an ideal gift for drink enthusiasts back home.