"Quebec is a great place to try things"
Walking the cobbled streets of Quebec, I see statues of Champlain, the city’s founder, and other key figures in the history of New France, the colony founded in 1535 that once stretched from Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico.
Battlefield Park and "the revenge of the cradle"
After a visit to the Jardin Jeanne d’Arc in Quebec City, local historian Bernard Crustin and I step out of the garden onto a path that runs alongside a large open expanse of green fields known as Battlefield Park.
Montreal: diverse like a free jazz session
At a laidback French-style restaurant in Montreal, L’Express, across in the fashionable Plateau Mont-Royal district, I meet Hugo Leclerc, a local who works in tourism.
French? English? Canadian? Or just Quebecois?
Both the French and the English made Montreal.
It’s like déjà vu all over again
Quebec can seem very familiar to those who have been to France. Dominated by the impressive Chateau Frontenac, often described as the most-photographed hotel in the world, Quebec City has even stood in for its European cousin in movies such as “Catch Me If You Can”.
Staying French in North America
Hello Quebec, or should that be "Bonjour"? With its large French-speaking population, the province is distinct from the rest of Canada and its strong European feel also sets it apart from the rest of North America. From the croissants for breakfast in Quebec City, to Montreal's Cirque du Soleil, the French influence is inescapable.