Many people take advantage of the beautiful summer weather to get out there and travel. With overseas travel still not a doable option for many, there's no better time to explore la belle province. Luckily, the Quebec Ministry of Tourism has announced new initiatives to get locals to become tourists in their own homes.

It's no secret that the tourism industry worldwide was one of the first and hardest hit in the COVID-19 pandemic. Did you know that one in 10 jobs globally is in the tourism sector?

And here in Quebec, we love to welcome tourists to show people our beautiful culture, amazing history and our joie de vivre.

If you're like me, you've got so many places on your travel bucket list, including our own beautiful province. But with so much to see and do out there, we sometimes take for granted the fact that we live in one of the most spectacular places in the world. 

With the new initiatives from Bonjour Quebec, there's never been a better time to say "bonjour" again to this amazing province we call home! 

The Explore Quebec Program wants to help you reach some of the more remote regions of the province with reduced airfare and ground transportation — 25% off air travel for Quebec residents with participating agencies.

Deals are available online.

The Passport Attractions Program also wants you to get out there and visit some of the top attractions.

Starting at 20% off for a passport for two attractions, 30% off for three and 40% off for four. Quite the deal, right?

These passports will be available online on Monday, June 22 at 8 a.m.

Lastly, partnering with SEPAQ, the government wants to give Quebecers 50% off passes to the 24 national parks for a whole year. Not only that, but you'll get exclusive deals, like a free one-night stay in a park and discounts on SEPAQ products.

Those who already have a pass can buy a new one that will activate once the current one has expired.

This package will also be available online on Monday, June 22 at 8 a.m.

The hope is to get Quebec tourism back to its glory and to remind Quebecers how beautiful our home is.

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