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There is no better way to understand the history of Old Quebec than through its unique architecture, which reveals the story of the city’s diverse cultural influences that include French, British, Romantic and Art Deco. Vieux Quebec was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985—close to half of its buildings were built before 1850 and it is the only walled city in North America. This historic center represents just five percent of Quebec proper—but the architectural gems of it’s 333 acres will enchant visitors for days. Enjoy Emilie’s tour!
Tofino and Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast offer lessons in the inter-connectivity of life and the hishuk ish ts’ awalk philosophy of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, who have called the area home since Time Immemorial. In this belief, every being is accorded respect for its own unique value and contribution to the greater good. This sacred ideology is rooted in the spectacular cultural landscape and embodied in local enterprises like Tofino Botanical Gardens, the Wickaninnish Inn and Sobo restaurant.
Ile d'Orleans is just 15 minutes from Quebec but once over the Pont d'Ile, you are transported to a pastoral, by-gone existence that is a microcosm of traditional Québecois culture. Making the loop on the island's “Royal Road" takes you through Île d’Orléans’ six parishes and its "New France" history.