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.
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.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.