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The Canadian province of Quebec is known for a tight-knit, small-town feel, yet it’s the largest province in the country with a whopping 842,659 square miles. Covering much of that area are dozens of ski resorts. And dotting those resorts’ slopes are folks who eat, sleep and breath skiing. This place is just a flat-out skiing epicenter.

For folks living in the Eastern U.S., making the road trip or short flight up to Quebec is well worth it; you’ll be able to access a variety of new skiing experiences and despite being relatively close to home, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday. No matter where you’re coming from, though, the distinctiveness of this place is fascinating: Serene, rural settings offered at places like Mont Tremblant (just two hours north of the US-Canada border) and Le Massif de Charlevoix further north look like they’re straight out of a fairytale. And the list of popular skiing areas goes on, and on: Mont Saint-Sauveur, Mont Blanc, Bromont, Mont Sutton, Owl’s Head, Mont Orford, Mont Sainte-Anne and Stoneham. These places all offer unique experiences—like making turns with lake views and weaving throughout Narnia-like glades, for example.

Beyond the noteworthy skiing and the beautiful landscapes, Quebec’s vibrant culture provides another great incentive for prospective visitors. The province is primarily French-speaking, unlike many other areas of Canada, and is host to some of the greatest pieces of history in all of North America—centuries-old paintings, statues and churches that’ll take you back in time. The unique après ski scene, festivals and gastronomy are all world-class, as well. All considered, Quebec feels a bit like Europe.

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