Postcards from Québec

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

One of our greatest lessons from travel is the appreciation we’ve developed for our home country.

That of which we were familiar with, that is. Canada is a large country and we still have so much to explore. But none allured us more than the province of Québec and the diversity it offers: the dynamism of Montreal, the momentous history prevalent throughout, the dangerously delectable food, and the treasured traditions we learned along the way.

Every day delivered. Our two weeks in Québec were educational, emotional, and wholly gratifying. It is a province that we undeniably want to know much more of as it helped deepen our admiration for our home land.

But it will have to wait – and instead we bring you our customary “wrap-up” post (for now!), where we share with you those favourite photos we saved for last.

We couldn’t decide which skyline shot we preferred, so you get both.

Montréal Skyline Black and White

Montréal Skyline at Dusk

The stately Basilica of Queen Mary.


The Palais de Congrés is our favourite building in all of Montréal. The multi-coloured windows were inspiring to photograph.

Palais de Congrés

Habitat 67, built for Expo 67, is comprised of 354 identical concrete homes created for affordable housing. That idea has since backfired, as the unique building is in high demand and the units are some of the priciest in Montréal.

Habitat 67

Perhaps the most impressive building in Montréal, the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Basilica Notre Dame Québec

Followed by the most notable building in Old Québec City, the Chateau Frontenac. This is said to be the most photographed hotel in the world, and is easily one of the top Instagram photo spots in Quebec City.

Chateau Frontenac Old Québec

One of the few gates into Old Québec, the only remaining walled city north of Mexico.


Visiting lower Old Town Québec is like stepping into Europe.

Old Town Québec

The Parliament Building.

Québec Parliament Building

A view of Québec City from across the St Lawrence, on the tiny and beautiful Île d’Orléans.

Québec City from Across the St. Lawrence

The island itself, one of the first spots to be settled by the French, has families still living there whose roots extend back over 400 years. Today it is dotted with vineyards and farmland, with beautiful views from all sides.

Ile d'Orleans

The Montmorency Falls are just outside of Québec City and not only do they impressively stand higher than Niagara Falls, but they were the site of important battles between the French and British.

Montmorency Falls Quebec

Outside the cities, Québec is a vast outdoor playground. It is here where we felt most at home (despite a slight mountain bike accident).

Canoeing in Vallee Bras du Nord

The fleur-de-lis is an important symbol of Quebec cultural identity and adorns their provincial flag.

Fleur de Lis

Our amazing two weeks in Québec was made possible with thanks to Tourism Montréal, Tourism Québec, and Québec Region Tourism. All opinions are our own, as is our new-found utter infatuation with the entire province.
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  • July 8 2013

    Like the Quebec City photo – good to see some color!
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    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Thanks Adam, there’s no shortage of colour in Quebec 🙂

  • July 8 2013

    Stunning photos again, now I am disappointed that I skipped Quebec on my tbex trip. The Habitat 67 looks really funky!

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Too bad Jarmo, it really is an incredible province and deserves some time to explore. Yeah for sure Habitat 67 was really funky. I can’t imagine living in one of the units though, it seems like stacked sea containers and it would be pretty cramped. But I’m sure that there are some pimped out flats in there for the prices they were going for.

  • July 9 2013

    Beautiful pictures, especially the one of old town Quebec.
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    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Thanks Katherine, Dalene snapped that one from our S3.

  • July 9 2013

    Love the shots, as usual. I love the one of the multi-colored glass, and the titled one from lower Old Town Québec. Beautiful!

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Thanks Amanda, it was a fun day photographing that building.

  • July 9 2013

    I’ve been dying to go to Montreal for years! These photos have convinced me even more. I’m eager to explore the rest of Canada as well. Looking forward to more blog posts about these places!

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Yay, glad we convinced you Lauren. And yes there is lots to see in Canada, give yourself some time 🙂

  • nice wrap up. your pictures are great, the Ile d’Orleans one especially grabs me.

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Thanks Jade, I love that one as well.

  • Dallas
    July 9 2013

    Beautiful! I’ve wanted to visit Montreal and Quebec City for years. I love those multi-colored windows!

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Cheers Dallas. Yes the Palais de Congres was really fun to shoot photos in. Although at one point some security guards told me I needed a permit to shoot there and tried kicked me out?!? Needless to say I didn’t leave 🙂

  • A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer)
    July 9 2013

    Glad you liked my home province 🙂 It really is beautiful and such a vast, welcoming land!

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      I loved your home province and can’t wait to return 🙂

  • July 10 2013

    I always love your photos but these are particularly spectacular — especially the skyline and the colorful windows. Wow!
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    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Thanks Alex, I’m pretty proud of the skyline shots. It was a wonderful evening hanging out with a local MTL photographer and he told me this was the best spot in the whole city to get the skyline shot. We had a wonderful conversation and hopefully he returns and sees my result. I’m still waiting for him to send me his photos 🙂

  • Alouise
    July 10 2013

    Love these. I can’t wait to go back and see more of Quebec.

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Us too Alouise!!! We look forward to our return at some point, hopefully in the fall when the leaves are changing colour.

  • July 10 2013

    Quebec looks like an amazing city to visit, love that colored glass building, must have been fun to explore it and take some amazing shots. thanks for sharing the highlights.

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Thanks Noel, yes it was a great place to photograph, despite the attempt by security to kick me out for not having a permit. After arguing for a couple of minutes as to where and how I get the permit, they gave up and just let me be.

  • July 11 2013

    Wow – I have never seen Quebec look so stunning!

    • Pete
      July 11 2013

      Thanks Diana, I’m glad I did it justice. It’s a beautiful province.

  • Haven’t been to Canada yet. Heard great things about the nature and wildlife. Your pictures make me wanna go and visit the cities aswel! 🙂

  • July 16 2013

    These are gorgeous! 😀

  • Emily in Chile
    July 21 2013

    Beautiful shots as always, guys!

  • August 6 2013

    Great collection of photos from Montreal and Quebec! So excited to be heading to Montreal this weekend…can’t believe that I may be missing Quebec City this summer – one of my favourite Canadian cities!!!

  • Tom
    November 22 2013

    Canada really has some gems can’t wait to visit to summer, we book our holidays recently with Tour America. We need advice on traveling around Canada and I thought the staff were very helpful. Looks like two weeks might not be enough.

    Nice photos by the way.

  • Beautiful photos! Hard to pick a favorite, but I love the waterfall! Thanks for sharing!
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  • December 16 2015

    I am Canadian by birth (but am a nomad by nature), and the last city I lived in during my longer stays home in Canada was Montreal. It is by far one of my favourite cities in my country – one of my top favourite cities in the world! I still call it “home”. I am glad you loved it too!

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