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Quebec Unveiled: 50 Facts About La Belle Province

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Welcome to a journey through Quebec, a province brimming with history, culture, and intriguing trivia. From its stunning landscapes to its vibrant cities, Quebec holds a treasure trove of fascinating facts waiting to be discovered. In this blog, we’ll peel back the layers of Quebec’s identity and delve into 50 captivating tidbits that shed light on the unique character of La Belle Province.

Quebec’s diverse and dynamic culture is woven into every aspect of daily life, from its rich French heritage to its thriving arts scene. As we uncover these intriguing facts, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of Quebec’s identity. So, sit back, relax, and let’s embark on a journey of discovery through the captivating world of Quebec! 🍁

Quebec / #CanadaDo / Facts About Quebec

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Quebec-province

  1. Quebec, fondly known as La Belle Province, is one of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. 

  2. Quebec is Canada’s largest province, covering over 1.5 million square kilometres and 15% of the country’s total land area. 

  3. Quebec City, the capital of Quebec, was founded in 1608.

  4. The name “Quebec” originates from the word “Kebec,” an Algonquin word that means “where the river narrows.”

  5. The Chateau Frontenac is the world’s most photographed hotel.

  6. It is the birthplace of legendary singers like Celine Dion and Leonard Cohen.

  7. The Montreal Canadiens are the most successful hockey team of all time.

  8. The official language of the province of Quebec is French, reflecting the province’s rich French heritage.

  9. Montreal is the largest city in Quebec.

  10. The fleur-de-lis is Quebec’s symbol. It is a stylized lily representing La Belle Province’s French heritage and cultural ties to France.

    Flag of Quebec - Wikipedia

  11. Some of the oldest rocks, dating to 4 billion years ago, and possibly signs of early life, have been found in the far north of Quebec.

  12. With its well-preserved historic architecture, Old Quebec is a UNESCO world heritage site showcasing La Belle Province’s rich colonial past. 

  13. Quebec boasts whale species such as belugas, humpbacks, and blue whales around the area, and it has been a popular destination for whale watching. 

  14. Quebec is the only province in Canada with its own Civil Code. This comprehensive legal system governs the province’s private law matters, distinct from the common law legal systems of the rest of Canada. 

  15. La Belle Province is home to the Quebec Winter Carnival, the largest winter carnival in the world. It features ice sculptures, parades, outdoor activities, and more.

  16. Québec is known for its high-quality dairy products. The province takes pride in its dairy industry, producing delicious cheeses, yogurts, and other dairy products that are highly regarded.

  17. Québec is home to the oldest grocery store in North America. Established in 1871, Épicerie J.A. Moisan is North America’s oldest continuously operating grocery store.

  18. Québec is a hub for the aerospace industry. Québec has established itself as a global leader in aerospace technology with several major aerospace companies and institutions, including Bombardier and the National Research Council of Canada.

  19. Québec has a strong tradition of producing ice cider, a unique and sweet alcoholic beverage made from frozen apples.

  20. Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup, as it produces 90% of Canada’s maple syrup. It also contributes 72% to the production of maple syrup globally.

    Maple Syrup and Its Geographic Location – Maple

  21. Québec produces 55 million liters of maple syrup per year.

  22. The oldest church in Canada sits in Quebec. The Notre Dame de Québec, built in 1688, is in the heart of Old Quebec. It was elevated to the title of a minor basilica in 1874 by Pope Pius IX. 

  23. More than 40% of Quebecers have some sort of Irish lineage. Many Irish people relocated to Quebec during the 19th century due to political instability and famine.

  24. Montreal is known as the Paris of North America because of its European-styled architecture, similar to Paris. Also, it has a hustling and bustling social scene, just like Paris, as it’s the most populous city in Quebec.

  25. Quebec has many breathtaking waterfalls that are higher than Niagara Falls. One is Montmorency Falls, 83 metres or 272 feet high, whereas Niagara is 57 metres or 188 feet. 

  26. Pâté Chinois is considered Quebec’s Shepherd’s pie. The bottom layer consists of ground beef, which is then topped with a middle layer of canned corn, and finally, mashed potatoes are added.

  27. Six of Canada’s prime ministers are from Quebec, including Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Sir John A. Macdonald, and Brian Mulroney. 

  28. Manon Rhéaume, hailing from Quebec, was the first NHL Hockey player. In 1992, she played in a preseason NHL exhibition game for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. 

  29. The Molson Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in North America. In 1786, it was established by an English immigrant, John Molson, in Montreal, Quebec. 

  30. Montreal, the largest city in Quebec, is the only Canadian city to host the Summer Olympic Games. The city has a special stadium, Olympic Stadium, for the Olympic games, which has a capacity of more than 50,000 people.

    Montreal Olympic Stadium (Stade Olympique de Montréal) - The Montreal  Visitors Guide

  31. Quebec has many areas covered by freshwater. 12% of its total surface contains water. It also has 3% of the world’s freshwater for just 0.1% of the global population!

  32. Quebec’s official motto, “Je me souviens, “translates to “I Remember.” It is considered a reminder of the province’s rich heritage, past battles, and more.

  33. The Canadian Museum of History in Quebec was founded in 1856. It is the most visited museum in Canada and holds more than three million artifacts and documents. 

  34. The actual capital of Quebec is Quebec City, which is the second largest city in the whole province.

  35. Poutine was invented in Quebec in the 1950s by a French trucker, Fernand Lachance. 

  36. If it were a country, Québec would be the 19th largest in the world, between Peru and Mongolia.

  37. Québec borders Ontario, James Bay, and Hudson Bay to the west, Hudson Strait to the north, Labrador to the east, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and New Brunswick to the east, and Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York state to the south.

  38. Québec is Canada’s second-most populous province, with 8.63 million people after Ontario. It is home to 23% of all Canadians.

  39. Quebec City and Montreal are on the St. Lawrence River, the largest river in Canada by volume.

  40. Quebec’s culture is influenced by Lower Canada/Lower France origins, British, Americans, Acadians, and the First Nations.

    Quebec | The Canada Guide

  41. Québec First Nations include speakers of Algonquian and Iroquois languages and Inuits on the northern coast. Only 2.3% of Québec’s population is indigenous.

  42. In English, the province name is usually spelled without an accent, and people from there are called Quebecers/Quebeckers. In French (and sometimes in English), they are also called Québécois, and their dialect is called Québécois French.

  43. The snowy owl is the official bird and a symbol of Québec.

  44. Québec is well-known for its comedy. It hosts numerous comedy festivals hosted annually in Montréal.

  45. The world’s largest modern circus is the Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil. 

  46. Québec has the largest body of folklore in Canada after the First Nations, with many tales going back to the early days of exploration and settlement.

  47. All signs in Québec must be in French. Other languages can be included, but must be smaller.

  48. 95% of Québec is covered in the Canadian Shield, a rocky landscape mostly covered in boreal forest.

  49. There are an estimated 100,000 to 1 million lakes in Quebec. 

  50. Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, built for Expo 67, is the largest covered stadium in Canada.

The Strange and Expensive History of Olympic Stadium - 13th Man Sports

These 50 facts about La Belle Province are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to uncover about this beautiful Canadian province that should be on your bucket list. From land area to food facts, Quebec will continue to amaze you with the many characteristics that make it what it is today—a chunk of history that oozes with hospitality and great pride for its culture and heritage. 

 

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Ghostly Encounters: Exploring Quebec’s 10 Most Haunted Locations

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Step into the shadows and brace yourself for a spine-chilling journey through Quebec’s most haunted locales. From eerie old mansions to abandoned asylums, these sites are steeped in mystery and legend, beckoning the curious to delve into their dark histories. In this blog, we’ll peel back the veil of the supernatural and explore the top 10 haunted places that continue to intrigue and frighten locals and visitors alike.

With each creak of floorboards and a whisper of the wind, these haunted spots tell tales of bygone days and restless spirits. Whether you’re a skeptic or a true believer, the allure of these ghostly locations is undeniable. Join us as we venture into the shadows and uncover the stories that linger in Quebec’s most haunted corners.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://www.cathedral.ca/the-cathedral/

Location: 31 Rue des Jardins, Québec, QC G1R 4L6, Canada 

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was built in 1804. Although it holds both beauty and history, it also holds many unexplained phenomena. Many claim to have heard the cathedral’s organ play alone when the mass isn’t ongoing. Although it is music to the ears, the experience turns eerie suddenly as you find out no one’s sitting in front of the organ to hit the keys. Additionally, screams of a woman can be heard occasionally, and many have also claimed to hear cries and see the woman float along the church’s balcony. It’s an experience. 

L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel 

Auberge Saint-Gabriel / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://www.mtlblog.com/montreal/auberge-saint-gabriel-is-montreals-oldest-restaurant-and-heres-its-history

Location: 426 St Gabriel St., Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2Z9, Canada 

L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel was built in 1688 by a French soldier. In 1754, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel was the first ‘auberge’ to receive a liquor licence. L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel is the oldest inn in North America and you can travel in time through the inn’s corridors. If only the walls could speak, it would tell you numerous stories of what came in and out of the auberge. During the 19th century, a fire broke out in L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel, and a little girl died in the accident. It is rumored that the little girl’s ghost still frequents the inn. The inn’s restaurant also makes its customers feel cold chills even during the height of the summer season. 

Morrin Centre 

Morrin Centre / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://www.afar.com/places/morrin-centre-ville-de-quebec

Location: 44 Chau. des Ecossais, Québec, QC G1R 4H3, Canada 

Morrin Centre used to house prisoners, and many of those were put to death by public hanging. The most notable experience at Morrin Centre was when a group of American ghost hunters witnessed and captured a video of James Douglas, a former surgeon at Morrin Centre, hanging out in the library. Additionally, if you visit Morrin Centre, you won’t only be enthralled by the history there and the amount of information it holds but also by the chills you will feel as you walk through the hallways. 

The Duggan House 

Duggan House / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Duggan_House_09.jpg

Location: 3724 McTavish St., Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2, Canada 

The Duggan House in McTavish Street is a beautiful old Gothic mansion built in 1861. Grey, hand-cut limestone recycled from Simon McTavish’s old estate was used to build this beautiful yet eerie mansion. Currently, it is owned by McGill University’s Education Department. Students and faculty now use the Duggan House. The people’s experiences in the Duggan House are eerily interesting. The old famous house is said to be the home to the ghost stairs. Students and faculty members have repeatedly tripped up the stairs on the same step in the Duggan House, caused by a 19th-century girl wearing a petticoat who is cackling loudly while she sits on top of the staircase’s banister. 

Le Château Frontenac

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://www.fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec/

Location: 1 Rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada 

Le Chateau Frontenac was built in 1893. Many guests and locals have reportedly reported paranormal sightings, some of which have seen the 17th-century Governor General wandering the hallways dressed in period attire while some phantoms continue to roam the beautiful halls of the iconic hotel. Hotel rooms are sometimes visited by spectral guests, including a woman in white who loves to share beds with guests. 

The Plains of Abraham

Plains of Abraham / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plains_of_Abraham

Location: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada 

One of the most famous battles in history took down in the Plains of Abraham. The 1759 Battle of the Plains of Abraham between the British and the French took place on this beautiful flat ground, which, many years later, sparked numerous rumors of guests seeing ghosts of soldiers on the field, especially during dusk. The smell of sulphur, the old-time gunpowder, has also been smelled by some tourists visiting this area. Additionally, sounds of canons being fired at night have also been heard and were reported to Quebec City officials. 

Montmorency Falls 

Montmorency Falls / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attraction_Review-g155033-d155582-Reviews-Parc_de_la_Chute_Montmorency-Quebec_City_Quebec.html

Location: Quebec City, Quebec G1C 1S1, Canada 

Yes, even the majestic Montmorency Falls has its share of haunted experiences. Although the beautiful falls are as peaceful as can be, Montmorency Falls is said to be the home to the Woman in White — a lady thought to be named Mathilde, who threw herself from the top of the falls wearing her beautiful wedding gown in 1759 after losing her husband.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel 

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://www.fairmont.com/queen-elizabeth-montreal/

Location: 900 Rene-Levesque Blvd W, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4A5, Canada 

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel isn’t only famous for its beauty and history. It is also well-known because it was the site of John and Yoko’s bed-in. Although the historically beautiful hotel has been revamped throughout the years, one unshakeable spirit roams the premises. A woman reportedly dressed in white wanders around the corridors and hums songs late into the night. This event has been reported by different guests. 

Isle-Aux-Grues 

Isle-aux-Grues / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://chaudiereappalaches.com/en/travel-quebec/montmagny-and-the-islands/saint-antoine-de-l-isle-aux-grues/isle-aux-grues/municipality/isle-aux-grues/

Location: Saint-Antoine-de-I’Isle-aux-Grues, Quebec 

Ghost detectives will have a ball of a time in the Isle-Aux-Grues. This breathtakingly beautiful place is said to be the hideout of the Petit Bonhomme sans tete or little man without a head. The little man without a head was often spotted between 1810 and 1840. The little man has hidden now, without a sighting for years. But maybe the seasoned ghost hunters will be able to spot him. 

The CHOM Building 

The CHOM Building / #CanadaDo / Haunted Places in Quebec

Source: https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMDQ2A_CHOM_FM_97_7_The_Spirit_of_Rock

Location: 1355 Greene Ave., Westmount, QC H3Z 2A9, Canada 

CHOM used to be housed in an office building at 1310 Greene Avenue, but in 1972, they moved to a three-story house at 1355 Greene Avenue, only across the street from their original building. The house’s former owner committed suicide in the back bedroom, which became the radio show’s music library. Since then, strange incidents have reportedly occurred, such as listeners hearing a humming sound while the music plays on the radio station, which numerous listeners reported. 

From radio stations to beautiful hotels and even old houses, Quebec isn’t short of eerie experiences that will be one for the books. Whether you’re here to add something to your ghost hunting bucket list or just read for the thrill of it, this blog will surprise you with what Quebec has to offer, even in this category. 

 

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Cafe Culture: 10 Best Cafes in Quebec

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Get ready to sip, swirl, and savor your way through Quebec’s coolest cafés! In “Cafe Culture: 10 Best Cafes in Quebec,” we’re on a mission to uncover the ultimate caffeine havens that’ll make your taste buds sing and your Instagram feed pop. Picture yourself lounging in plush armchairs, basking in the aroma of freshly ground beans, and snapping envy-inducing pics of your latte art masterpiece.

Whether you’re a seasoned coffee connoisseur searching for the next big thing or just someone who appreciates the finer things in life (like a killer cup of coffee), this guide is your golden ticket to café paradise. From trendy hangouts with neon signs and indie tunes to cozy corners where you can curl up with a good book, we’ve scoured every corner of Quebec to bring you the 10 best cafés that promise to elevate your coffee game. So grab your crew, charge up your phone for those Insta-worthy moments, and dive into a caffeine-fueled adventure like no other!

Les Cafes du Soleil 

Les Cafes du Soleil / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g155033-d3143110-i408139423-Les_Cafes_du_Soleil-Quebec_City_Quebec.html

Location: 143 Rue Saint-Paul, Quebec, QC G1K 3V8, Canada 

Various coffee beans, baked sweets and savories, sandwiches, and more await you at Les Cafes du Soleil in the beautiful Quebec City. This is where you should spend your slow mornings before the day turns into a hustle and bustle kind of day. Before hopping from one tourist spot to another, attending a business meeting, going to the office, or simply getting things done, Les Cafes du Soleil will offer you the tranquility best for mornings in Quebec City. If you’re a tourist looking for the perfect cafe with a huge coffee selection and freshly baked goodies and sandwiches daily, Les Cafes du Soleil is your best bet. 

Cafe La Maison Smith Des Jardins 

CAFE LA MAISON SMITH / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g155033-d12697429-Reviews-Cafe_La_Maison_Smith_Saint_Jean-Quebec_City_Quebec.html

Location: 9 Rue des Jardins, Quebec, QC G1R 4L4, Canada 

The Old Town Square offers much, including Cafe La Maison Smith Des Jardins. This cafe is a fusion of the classic cafes in Europe and a modern one, allowing remote workers to get their stuff done while waiting for their freshly brewed cup of joe. Whether you’re bringing your laptop to get some serious stuff done in the mornings or you’re with your group of girlfriends just looking forward to a slow morning filled with a variety of brewed beverages as well as freshly baked bread and pastries, Cafe La Maison Des Jardins has got you covered! Additionally, it’s one of the best places to slow down after a long day of walking around and admiring the beauty of Old Town Square. 

Crew Collective & Cafe 

CREW COLLECTIVE & CAFÉ / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.jeffontheroad.com/crew-collective-and-cafe-coffee-shop-montreal/

Location: 360 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal, QC H2Y 1P5, Canada 

Nothing can beat Crew Collective & Cafe regarding being the most Instagrammable cafe on this list. The cafe is located in a historic building in the Old Port of Montreal, so they describe themselves as a Cathedral-style coworking space. The tables are huge, and the place is quiet enough to get some serious stuff done yet big enough for groups of friends and families to hang out after taking in all of the beauty of Montreal. From various caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks to a wide variety of sandwiches, soups, quiches, breads, pastries, and more — Crew Collective & Cafe will make sure you are satiated and recharged while you tend to what you’re working at or agenda for the day. 

Cafe de Mercanti Old Montreal 

Cafe de Mercanti / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=715382250596357&set=pb.100063737643135.-2207520000&type=3

Location: 350 Notre-Dame St East, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C7, Canada 

In an old brick-walled building lies Cafe de Mercanti Old Montreal. It’s a fancy cafe that serves gelato, panini, and other Italian products, to name a few. The answer is yes if you’re wondering whether this cafe could caffeinate you. Energize yourself with their many coffee offerings and spruce it up a bit with a sweet, freshly baked pastry, sandwich, bread, or even a breakfast plate. Cafe de Mercanti in Old Montreal will do the trick if you’re too hungry to speak or just looking for a morning fill. 

Lewis Cafe 

Lewis Cafe / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants-g155037-Trois_Rivieres_Quebec.html

Location: 15 Rue des Forges, Trois-Rivieres, QC G9A 6A8, Canada 

Lewis Cafe should land at the top of your list if you’re looking for a hip and chill hangout place in the beautiful Trois-Rivieres. More than caffeinated beverages, Lewis Cafe also serves beer, a vegan menu on top of a non-vegan one, creative toasts, and other light fare that will keep your conversations going. From heavy meals to finger foods to caffeinated beverages or beer (if that floats your boat), Lewis Cafe seeks to cater to just about anyone, satisfying numerous cravings with its extensive menu selection. 

Brûlerie Saint-Maurice 

Brûlerie St-Maurice / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.tourismetroisrivieres.com/en/restaurants/brulerie-st-maurice

Location: 1316 Bd des Recollets, Trois-Rivieres, QC G8Z 3X2, Canada 

For coffee lovers, Brûlerie Saint-Maurice is their heaven on earth. The cafe welcomes you with an out-of-the-ordinary aroma and sacks upon sacks of coffee beans. The coffee is brewed fresh right before you, and you can even take your coffee beans home with you! It’s a caffeine lover’s paradise you won’t miss in Trois-Rivieres! 

Kaapeh 

Kaapeh / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=911735800958574&set=pb.100063664868153.-2207520000&type=3

Location: 234 Rue Dufferin local 104, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 4M2, Canada 

Kaapeh will give you the best of both worlds, quite literally. This unique cafe in Sherbrooke serves just about anything you crave — fruit plates, savory meals, loaves of bread, pastries, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, breakfast meals, and more — paired with a variety of caffeinated drinks, smoothies, fresh juices, and more. There are a few products that Kaapeh sells that you can bring home with you, and they also have a wide selection of drinks freshly-made, in-bottles, or in-cans to pair with your meal of choice. 

Aragon Cafe 

Café Aragon / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://www.easterntownships.org/restaurants/179/cafe-aragon

Location: 1497 Rue Galt O, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 2B3, Canada 

Aragon Cafe is your charming yet cozy cafe that serves breakfast and lunch meals, snacks, and more to be paired with coffee and other drinks. Aragon Cafe should land at the top of your list if you’re in Sherbrooke and are looking for a place (with a cute porch!) that serves meals that will leave you feeling full and satisfied for as long as possible. The cafe serves vegan dishes, too! Aragon Cafe serves different types of food from different types of cuisine which is an interesting pairing with a good old cup of joe. 

Cafe Cognac 

Café Cognac / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://cafecognac.ca/

Location: 10 Allee de Hambourg Suite 104, Gatineau, Quebec J9J 4K1, Canada 

Cafe Cognac is one of the most unique cafes you will ever visit in Gatineau. This cafe doesn’t only serve caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages, but they also offer all-you-can-eat moules-frites specials, as well as a variety of paninis, pizzas, salads, burgers, sandwiches, filling meals, and more. Cafe Cognac is a relaxed place where you can spend your slow mornings, have breakfast with family or friends, or simply get your fill and head on your way. It’s a great place to have complete meals instead of something on a small plate you can only nibble on. 

Moca Loca Cafe Co 

Moca Loca Café Co. / #CanadaDo / Best Cafes in Quebec

Source: https://guiderestosquebec.com/en/listing/restaurant/moca-loca-cafe-co-gatineau-boul-de-la-gappe/

Location: 799 Bd de la Gappe, Gatineau, QC J8T 8P9, Canada 

Whether hanging out, sitting down, choosing to work in a cafe, or in a rush, just needing some quick grub and a cup of joe, Moca Loca Cafe Co will give you whatever you need. This cafe serves various caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks and has an extensive selection on its menu. From pastries and loaves of bread to sandwiches, cakes, wraps, and more, you’ll never run out of choices at Moca Loca Cafe Co. The space is big enough to accommodate big families and groups of friends yet quiet and cozy enough for those who choose to finish their work or simply enjoy solitude with a cup of coffee. Aside from its impeccable service, it has been one of Gatineau’s favorite cafes. 

 

 

Are you going to cafe-hop in Quebec? Or maybe you’re looking for a place to go before you start or end a long day filled with all the greatness and beauty of La Belle Province. From filling meals to freshly baked breads and pastries, as well as freshly brewed coffee with a range of coffee beans that you can choose from, this list will help you choose which cafe fits your needs. 

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La Dolce Vita: 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

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Indulge in the flavors of Italy without leaving Quebec! In “La Dolce Vita: 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec,” we’re diving into the delicious world of Italian cuisine right here in the province. Whether you’re a pasta aficionado, a pizza lover, or simply craving authentic Mediterranean flavors, this guide is your passport to the best Italian dining experiences Quebec offers.

Quebec’s Italian restaurants cater to every taste and occasion — from cozy trattorias serving homemade pasta dishes to elegant ristorantes with gourmet delicacies. Join us as we explore Quebec’s bustling streets and hidden corners in search of the finest Italian fare. Get ready to experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and the joy of savoring traditional dishes made with love and passion.

Restaurant Battuto 

Restaurant Battuto / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g155033-d11954654-i248322980-Restaurant_Battuto-Quebec_City_Quebec.html

Location: 527 Bd Langelier, Quebec, QC G1K 5P7, Canada 

Restaurant Battuto is a small, intimate eatery that can only accommodate 20 people. Dining in this light-filled eatery requires a reservation, and as you can see, only small groups of people can be accommodated in Restaurant Battuto. Restaurant Battuto serves refined Italian fare made with the freshest ingredients and may sometimes contain seasonal ones to enhance the taste of the dishes. Paired with wine, great service, and an equally great atmosphere, Restaurant Battuto promises a great dining experience brought about by their meticulously made dishes, big selection of wines, and intimate eatery providing a quiet atmosphere. 

Ciccio Cafe 

Ciccio Café / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.arrivalguides.com/en/Travelguide/Quebec/dining/ciccio-cafe-89159

Location: 875 Rue de Claire-Fontaine, Quebec, QC G1R 3A8, Canada 

Ciccio Cafe in Quebec City is one of the best Italian restaurants, as the impeccable service always takes the customers above and beyond. Additionally, this restaurant that serves Italian dishes and different kinds of pasta dishes paired with wines can transport you to Italy — that’s just how authentically tasting their dishes are. Ciccio Cafe isn’t only aesthetically pleasing, but you’ll have a grand experience in this brick-walled restaurant.

Bello Ristorante 

Bello Ristorante / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/businesses/bello-ristorante

Location: 73 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec, QC G1R 3Z2, Canada 

The beauty of La Belle Province paired with Bello Ristorante is one amazing experience you won’t want to miss! Authentic Italian food, including risotto, handmade pizza, and pasta noodles, will be served on your table. Reservations are required for Bello Ristorante, but if you manage to book a table on their terrace, then your Quebec experience is already made. Nothing can beat Bello Ristorante’s dishes and dining experience as it is considered as the top tier in Quebec by the many reviews that it has garnered. 

Portofino Brasserie Italienne 

Portofino Bistro Italienne / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.opentable.com/r/portofino-bistro-italiano-quebec

Location: 54 Rue Couillard, Quebec, QC G1R 3T3, Canada 

Portofino Brasserie Italienne is an elegant restaurant in La Belle Province, promising and delivering handmade pasta dishes, pizza, and other Italian cuisine that will simply meet your cravings. A selection of wines and cocktails are also available in this restaurant. Reservations are required to experience this unique yet aesthetically pleasing Italian restaurant. Satisfy your Italian cravings, from seafood dishes to pasta and pizza staples at Portofino Brasserie Italienne. 

Il Pagliaccio

Il Pagliaccio / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://tastet.ca/en/reviews/il-pagliaccio-italian-finesse-on-laurier-avenue-west/

Location: 365 Av. Laurier O, Montreal, Quebec H2V 2K5, Canada 

Il Pagliaccio is an intimate restaurant that serves authentic Italian cuisine like no other. It offers more than different kinds of pasta dishes and pizza. This restaurant seeks to give you the complete Italian dining experience in one sitting—from appetizers to desserts. Experience Italy at Il Pagliaccio. 

Restaurant Vino Rosso 

Restaurant Vino Rosso / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g155032-d710548-Reviews-Vino_Rosso-Montreal_Quebec.html

Location: 5291 Henri Bourassa Blvd W, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4R 1B7, Canada 

Restaurant Vino Rosso is your upscale Italian restaurant serving classic Italian dishes in a white-tablecloth setting. Only the freshest ingredients are used to whip up your Italian cravings in this restaurant. Impeccable service is the norm, which is why this establishment has earned the hearts of the locals and the tourists who have chosen to dine here in Saint-Laurent. Go ahead and add it to your Quebec itinerary! 

Ristorante Da Vinci 

Da Vinci Ristorante Restaurant / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.opentable.com/r/da-vinci-ristorante-montreal

Location: 1180 Bishop St, Montreal, Quebec H3G 2E3, Canada 

Ristorante Da Vinci is Montreal’s classic Italian eatery with an elegant ambiance. The restaurant also has a bar and lounge where you can enjoy your drinks with your company. The establishment isn’t the only thing that’s aesthetically pleasing here; the dish presentations are also taken into consideration, gracing your table with authentic Italian dishes that are well-plated. Look forward to a one-of-a-kind dining experience in this little window to Italy, which is Ristorante Da Vinci. 

Trattoria La Villetta 

Trattoria La Villetta Restaurant / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.opentable.ca/r/trattoria-la-villetta-saint-laurent

Location: 1898 Boulevard Thimens, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4R 2K2, Canada 

Trattoria La Villetta will take you into the sweet corners of Italy as the establishment welcomes you with a cozy setting. It’s a classic eatery specializing in various kinds of handmade pizza, pasta dishes, and fish. Contrary to the many upscale Italian restaurants on this list, Trattoria La Villetta seeks to provide you with an authentic, laid-back, relaxing, and authentic Italian dining experience. Nothing can get better than this! The establishment is big enough to cater to groups, whether family or friends and cozy enough for two people to go on dates or a night out. 

La Verita 

RESTAURANT LA VERITA / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g983914-d1381103-Reviews-Restaurant_La_Verita-Dollard_des_Ormeaux_Quebec.html

Location: 11680 Salaberry Blvd, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Quebec H9B 2R8, Canada 

La Verita offers a contemporary Italian dining experience with modern Italian dishes that are changed weekly. This upscale restaurant provides numerous seating options — indoors, outdoors on their classy patio, and near the fireplace where you can be warm and cozy with your favorite plate. Your Dollard-Des Ormeaux experience will not be complete without La Verita in your itinerary. Reservations are required, but take-outs and deliveries are also available if you’re not keen on dining in. 

Restaurant La Vita 

Restaurant La Vita / #CanadaDo / Best Italian Restaurants in Quebec

Source: https://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Quebec/Laval/Restaurant-La-Vita/100334075.html

Location: 1039 Boulevard des Laurentides, Laval, Quebec H7G 2W2, Canada 

Restaurant La Vita is a comfort pizzeria and pastificio where groups of friends and families can hang out while eating authentic Italian food at an affordable price. It’s an Italian restaurant that tourists frequent in Laval, Quebec. However, you’ll see more locals visiting Restaurant La Vita because of the large servings, affordable prices, prompt service, and more. Take-outs and deliveries are available.

 

Which Italian restaurant landed at the top of your Quebec itinerary? Whether you are missing home or simply looking for an addition to your gastronomic adventure across the province of Quebec, we hope this list has helped you define which restaurants you’ll grace with your presence. 

 

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