7. Montreal & Quebec
I lived in Quebec for a few years during my days before marriage. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with the culture, the people, and the natural beauty of the land. I always knew I wanted to go back with my family some day and man am I glad we did!
Why we love it: Although Montreal and Quebec aren’t too far removed from our typical American lifestyle, they’re different enough that children can have a fantastic introduction to international travel. This is particularly true in Quebec City where French is the primary spoken language. We also love how you can visit some of the most breathtaking waterfalls and hikes in the same day as you stroll through exciting cities such as Montreal.
What to do: Be sure to attend a performance of Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, the birthplace to the now world-famous acrobatic performances. Also do some shopping in the underground malls, visit Vieux Quebec, and ride the subway.
Tips: Eat poutine! Just do. Beaver tails are another tasty treat and Montreal’s bagels are good enough to rival the best New York has to offer. I also recommend you visit in autumn when the colors are absolutely spectacular!