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Québec City, Île d’Orléans and the Beaupré Coast

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016

Quebec City exudes the charm and continental flair at any time, with its beautiful gardens and founding language, French, still spoken today.

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The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s Le Champlain Restaurant

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016

Although you may want to reserve a window table, it is likely that you will be so absorbed with this culinary extravaganza and the restaurant’s contemporary glamor and the Old World charm that you forget about the view of the majestic St. Lawrence.

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The Eastern Townships: the art of living well is just across the border

Posted by on Oct 11, 2015

Whenever we want an international vacation experience without spending the time or money to cross an ocean we look to our neighbor to the north, Canada, and head for its largest province, the vast and diverse Québec. There’s a joie de vivre and distinctive art of living.

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Auberge Ripplecove: The Ripplecove Lakefront Hotel & Spa

Posted by on Oct 11, 2015

Nestled amid century-old pines on a twelve acre peninsula in Ayer’s Cliff, the Ripplecove Lakefront Hotel & Spa has earned the AAA Four-Diamond Award every year since 1987 and in 2008 received 5 Stars, Québec Tourism’s highest classification.

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Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015

During the Belle Epoque and Gilded Age, La Malbaie became a fashionable resort community that welcomed steamships known as floating palaces. High society Americans and Canadians came for salt water and sea air, hunting and fishing at private clubs, and fine dining and accommodations. The crown jewel was the magnificent ‘Castle on the Cliff’, the Manoir Richelieu

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Marché du Vieux-Port, Quebec City Market

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015

Marché du Vieux-Port, the public food market, is by the Old Port in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Whether you would like to gather the makings of a picnic or shop for souvenirs or flavorful gifts, it is an ideal place to find local vendors and products like fruits, vegetable, cheeses, maple products, cider, baked treats, wine, and ice wine.

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Chez Boulay-Bistro Boreal, Quebec City

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015

This bistro on Rue Saint-Jean offers an inventive seasonal menu of Nordic cuisine inspired by Canada’s vast and pristine boreal region.

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Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, Quebec City

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015

Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, a short walk from the Chateau Frontenac. It is in the historic Maison Jacquet, built in 1675 on land given to François Jacquet by the Ursuline nuns and named for a book written by a former inhabitant.

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Panache restaurant in Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015

For fine dining in an intimate setting, Panache, at the Auberge Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Chateaux hotel, is a top choice. Chef Louis Pacquelin’s cuisine pairs classic dishes and a sophisticated style and presentation that is a joy to behold. To top off the experience…

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Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

Baie-Saint-Paul, one of the oldest towns in Quebec, is the cultural capital of Charlevoix. Painters and other artists have long been drawn to the region for its natural beauty. Baie-Saint-Paul is also the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil.

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Savor the flavors of Quebec’s Charlevoix

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

Charlevoix is a top Canadian vacation destination to the east of Quebec City that abounds with outdoor activities and leads the French-speaking province of Quebec in agritourism.

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Whale watch: Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015

This is an extraordinary opportunity with experienced nature guides who follow strict park and environmental regulations that protect the marine life in this national park. Dolphin dart by, playful seals keep a watchful eye on visitors, and a variety of sea birds bob along. But it is the sight and sounds of these gentle giants that will remain forever in your heart.

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Île d’Orléans: Savor the flavors with a day trip from Québec City

Posted by on May 18, 2015

Québec City is renowned for its cuisine. For another culinary adventure in the flavors of the province just go across the bridge to the agricultural island, Île d’Orléans.

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Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, Argyle, Nova Scotia

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014

We checked in to Ye Olde Argyler Lodge, in Lower Argyle, in time for dinner complete with live music that ranged from “Sweet Baby James” to French Acadian favorites.

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Birchtown, Nova Scotia’s Black Loyalist Landing

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014

Birchtown, on Shelburne Harbour, was the site of the first and largest free black settlement in Canada.

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The ultimate road trip in southwestern Nova Scotia

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

With the new Nova Star taking passengers and cars from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, in the southwestern part of Nova Scotia, we decided to take a week-long road trip to explore this end of the province.

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Nova Scotia’s Acadians: The Pubnicos and Argyle

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014

When the Acadians returned to Nova Scotia after the Great Expulsion much of their former land had been resettled by the New England Planters. They were able to settle in the Pubnicos, which is now the world’s oldest region that is still Acadian.

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VIA Rail: Vancouver to Jasper

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

We followed in the pathways of the indigenous First Nations, early explorers, fur traders, fishermen, gold prospectors, pioneers, railroad barons, and lumberjacks. By riding VIA Rail we sat back and enjoyed the ride through some of the most remarkable landscapes in the world.

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A cruise to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia aboard the new Nova Star

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

We recently cruised round trip between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia aboard the new Nova Star, which began service on May 15, 2014.

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St. John’s, Newfoundland: City of Legends

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014

St. John’s is a blend of old and new, city and nature. There are elegant historic homes, colorful wooden houses, brick and stone church and government buildings, colonial shops, and innovative modern museums. Should you want to tour by sea, regaled by songs and stories, accompanied by a Newfoundland dog, the Scademia sails past lighthouses and rugged cliffs to Cape Spear.

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