La Belle Province: Quebec

My family has been going to la belle province of Quebec at least once a year for over thirty years (obviously, I've only been attending for twenty five of those years), sometimes for a weekend, especially over the Thanksgiving long weekend, but we've also gone for up to a week. Regardless of how long we're in the land of the French, there are certain things I look forward to every time. 

Apples

I'm not sure why, but there's something extra delicious about Quebec apples, more so than those grown in Ontario. We usually only get them if we're there over Thanksgiving because most of the churches give them out for free (I don't know why, but I don't question it). Since it's the summer, we probably won't get whole apples, but there's always the summery version: cider. 

Simons

Simons is a store. A grand, wonderful, fashionable store with stylish, comfortable clothes. As soon as I walk in, I'm overwhelmed by the colours and styles and I end up spending way more than I should (it's possible that they're pricey, but it's definitely worth it). With multiple stores throughout the province, each boasting at least two floors of clothes, it's easy to spend hours lost among the merchandise. Next year, the Quebec-based retailer will be opening a store in Mississauga (where I live), but I don't think it will be the same. 

Paillard

If we're in Quebec City, we usually end up at Paillard for lunch. We discovered this delicious cafe by accident several years ago, and so far, it has never disappointed. Whether you're getting one of their many tasty sandwiches, or trying three flavours of ice cream for about $3, or stuffing your face with authentic French pastries, this is one of the best places to stop for a quick bite. 

Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre

In my family, a trip to Quebec is not complete without heading into Beaupre, a small town less than an hour outside of Quebec City. My parents first visited the basilica in the late 70's (so long ago, they only had one out of their eventual four children!) and it's one of the reasons they keep going back. There's not much to do in the town apart from going to church, but if you're the sporty type, Mont-Sainte-Anne is close by and it's the highest skiing station in eastern Canada. It's also worth visiting the Montmorency Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls!