In Quebec, we're chalk full of cute towns - and we're chalk full of good cuisine, too. A few spots in particular stand out, though, for being both seriously adorable, and having seriously awesome food.
This small Quebec town is not only gorgeous, but also happens to be home to some of the tastiest restaurants in the province. LaBelle and Le Pignon Vert come to mind for their absolute slayage of casse-croute type dishes.
A charming, hilly Quebec town near the water, the views, vibes, and food in Baie-Saint-Paul are all seriously on point. One thing's for sure: just one visit to this Charlevoix spot will have you raving about it legit forever.
Close to Lachute, Val David is pretty much a foodie's paradise. Home to tons of spots to taste some artisanal dishes, there isn't a restaurant in this Quebec town that isn't a standout in some way, shape, or form.
Not only is Matane full of some serious charm and awesome vibes, but this Quebec town (situated on the Gaspe Peninsula) is also full of some of the best eats you'll ever have the privilege to try. So for your next foodie vacation, you know where to go.
Thankfully, Hudson is super close to Montreal - because honestly, if I had to be super far away from the food here, I just couldn't be able to do it. Although the restaurants are all incredibly special, Bistro Carambola and Le Cozy Cafe stand out in particular for their fresh and tasty dishes.
Perce, Quebec is home to some gorgeous natural wonders, but this town by the water should totally be known for its food, too. Protip: try some seafood in this town, and prepare to have your whole world changed.
Pretty much a dream come to life, La Malbaie is home to some gorgeous spots to hike and admire nature. Their restaurants, though? So, so amazing. Vices Versa and La Patriarche stand out in particular, although no matter where you're eating here, you're in for a good time.
Why You Need To Go: This historical town already has a major French influence and when the snow hits, it feels even more like you've taken a trip to France. And when you get cold, step into the Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine — it feels a whole lot like the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Why You Need To Go: Ice hotels can be found all across Europe during the winter, in countries like Germany, Finland and Norway. But, if you can't make it all the way out there, you can also visit Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier's Hôtel de Glace for a similar experience.
Why You Need To Go: Just a short drive from Montreal, this borough in the town of Longueuil has that same oh-so-magical feeling that you get when walking through the streets of Belgium during the holiday season. So you don't even need to go far to see a little European charm.
Why You Need To Go: Baie-Saint-Paul has all kinds of local boutiques, cafés and churches to explore, just like in little European towns. So if you can't afford a flight to Austria this winter, this spot is the next best thing.
Why You Need To Go: Wanna feel like you're skiing in the Swiss Alps without having to buy a plane ticket? Sommet Saint-Sauveur can provide that exact feeling. When the night hits and the slopes start to light up, your eyes may just be fooled into thinking you've found yourself in the Swiss town of Zermatt.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the Charlevoix region, Saint-Siméon is right by the water, giving it a real Norwegian feel during the winter. Plus, there's a ton to see while you're there. Between the village of Saint-Siméon, Port-au-Persil and Baie-des-Rochers, it's definitely worth the road trip.
Why You Need To Go: Yes, we know — This one is a little obvious, and it's a city rather than a town... But seriously, Quebec City during the winter couldn't have more European charm to it. And it's only a short road trip from Montreal! The German Christmas Market is an absolute must-see during the holiday season.
Baie-Saint-Paul, which is found in the Charlevoix region, was the only Quebec town to make this ranking. This tiny town is known for being filled with artistic talent, from musicians to acrobats and was deemed "the epitome of French Canadian charm" by Travel + Leisure.
If you're curious to go check it out it for yourself, it's less than a four-hour drive from Montreal!
The other 11 towns to make it in this ranking were:
Golden, British Columbia
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Tofino, British Columbia
Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island
St. Andrews by-the-Sea, New Brunswick
It seems travelling within Canada was a common trend in 2021, so if you're hoping to hop on the bandwagon, consider checking out the cute spots in this list.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.