Few churches in North America are as wow-inducing as Notre-Dame. Everything about the Gothic Revival–style church, which opened in 1829, seems designed to make you gasp—from the 228-foot twin towers out front to the tens of thousands of 24-karat gold stars that stud the soaring blue ceiling.
The pulpit is a work of art in itself, with an intricately curving staircase and fierce figures of Ezekiel and Jeremiah crouching at its base.
The church is among the most dramatic in the world; its interior is grand and colorful, its ceiling is colored deep blue and decorated with golden stars, and the rest of the sanctuary is a polychrome of blues, azures, reds, purples, silver, and gold.
North Hatley Maple Syrup Products is one of the largest manufacturers of Canadian maple syrup products.
The flag of Quebec, called the Fleurdelisé, was adopted for the province by the government of Quebec, during the administration of Maurice Duplessis. It was the first provincial flag officially adopted in Canada, first shown on January 21, 1948, at the Parliament Building of the National Assembly in Quebec City.
Rue Saint Paul is the oldest, the most popular, and the most iconic of Old Montreal streets. It was Montreal's main thoroughfare in the 18th and 19th centuries, and although it doesn't hold the same strategic importance today, it's still at the core of Montreal's destinations
It's barely a mile long, but its first cobblestones predated American democracy, and its restaurants, shops and galleries are tucked into some great old buildings.
The immersive world of Voiles en Voiles takes place in the world of royal and pirate ships of the 18th century.
Children and adults can climb aboard life-size replicas of a royal and a pirate ship over 100 feet long and immerse themselves in an imaginary world.
Canada's capital is a compact, clean, cleverly planned center of culture and politics and a destination for every season. Start downtown and tour the architecturally stunning Parliament Building, before grabbing biscuits and tea next door at the Fairmont Château Laurier.
Other must-see sites include the Canadian National War Museum - which houses an impressive collection of retired military vehicles; the Rideau Canal and Gatineau Park attracts cyclists and walkers; and Canada's decommissioned Cold War bunker keeps you safe 4 stories underground from nuclear fallout.
The Peace Tower also known as the Tower of Victory and Peace is a focal bell and clock tower sitting on the central axis of the Centre Block of the Canadian parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario.
The House of Commons of Canada is a democratically elected body whose members are known as Members of Parliament (MPs). There are 338 members in the current Parliament.
The Senate of Canada is modeled after the House of Lords and consists of 105 Members.
A stained glass window inside Parliament of Canada.
Canada - the world's second largest country after Russia - is a vast land comprising of ten provinces and three territories. This young nation, founded in 1867, stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Ocean.
The War of 1812 Monument features seven bronze figures, each about two metres tall. It is located in front of Parliament Hill’s East Block and purposely faces the National War Memorial.
Outside the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa, Ontario.
Inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica. This beautiful and ornate gothic-style cathedral is recognized by its twin spires and breathtaking interior.
Blue Jays outfielder José Bautista holds the franchise's single-season home run record, belting an impressive 54 home runs in 2010.
Waving hello from the "Morning Star," a 4,500 square-foot abstract painting by Alex Janvier.
The Canadian War Museum's Military Technology Collection is a diverse collection of vehicles, artillery, and other large artifacts that tell the personal stories of war, from the 18th century to the present.
The BAPS Swaminaryan Sanstha is a traditional Hindu place of worship located outside of Toronto. This astonishing and breathtaking Hindu temple was built by 400 volunteers and took more than a million hours of service to complete. It contains 24,151 hand carved pieces Italian carrara marble, Turkish limestone, and Indian pink stone.
Part of the Mackenzie King Estate, which belonged to Canada’s 10th and longest-serving prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Champlain Lookout at the top of the Champlain Parkway offers the best known and most popular view in Gatineau Park. It’s a bird’s-eye view from the Gatineau Hills over the Ottawa Valley.
Canada's foremost castle - Casa Loma - is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables and a beautiful 5-acre estate gardens.
The heart and soul of French Canada, Quebec City overlooks one of the world's great waterways, the Saint Lawrence River, and is the center of French-Canadian nationalism. The European ambiance and architecture, and the city's crucial historical importance, all contributed to the Historic District of Old Quebec being named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
As the largest of Canada's provinces, Quebec is the biggest French-speaking territory in the world, with many of its eight million citizens holding firm to the language and culture inherited from their French ancestors.
Nestled in the heart of Old Quebec, this unique heritage urban resort will seduce you with its breathtaking views of the Saint Lawrence River and the architecture of the old fortified city.
The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is Quebec City's best known landmark and has risen over the city since 1893.
The location of Quebec City's original settlement, historic Lower Town, is situated on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River.
A look below at Lower Town. To the right is a mural titled, La Fresque de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Québec. It covers an area of 420 square meters and is painted over the exterior wall of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, the oldest hospital of North America. The mural shows the evolution of practitioners, techniques and buildings throughout more than 400 years of history. It was inaugurated in 2003.
The hilly section of Quebec City, known as Upper Town, developed later than the original settlement it overlooks. Historic buildings that house bars, cafés, shops and hotels line the neighborhood's winding streets.
The Breakneck Stairs, Quebec City's oldest stairway, were built in 1635. Originally called "Champlain Stairs," "Beggars' Stairs," and "Lower Town Stairs," they were given their current name in the mid-19th century, because of their steepness. The stairs have been restored several times over the years.
The delightful Quartier Petit-Champlain, located at the foot of the steps leading to Québec's Upper Town, is nowadays much favored by artists, craftspeople, and restaurateurs. The narrow streets combined with old architecture make this one of the most scenic areas of Old Québec.
Artisan shops sell handmade souvenirs, First Nations leather goods, and furs. In addition to the numerous boutiques of Quartier Petit-Champlain, there are a variety of bistros and other eating establishments.
The neighborhood is named after Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec City in 1608.
Far from the hustle and bustle of large shopping centres, Quartier Petit Champlain has many boutiques, artists, shows, cafés and restaurants to offer in a great shopping experience.
This small, but picturesque plaza is considered by Québécois to be the literal and spiritual heart of Basse-Ville—in grander terms, the birthplace of French America.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Place Royal, or “Royal Square,” was the town marketplace, and the center of business and industry. Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Victoires dominates the plaza. It’s Québec’s oldest stone church, built in 1688.
The National Assembly of Quebec is the legislative body of the Province of Quebec in Canada. The 41st National Assembly of Quebec consists of 125 members.
The National Assembly offers visitors free guided tours of the Parliament Building that provide details of:
The history and workings of Québec’s parliamentary institutions
The Second Empire style architecture of the Parliament Building and the many works of art it houses.