With its classic architecture, fantastic cuisine, stylish fashion sense and interesting cultures, it’s hard not to fall in love with Montreal. Shopping is great along Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, the main east-west drag, but an absolute ‘must’ is a walk through its underground city — some 30km worth of subterranean passageways filled with shops — which keeps punters cool in summer and warm in winter.

Visit Old Montréal, a section of windy cobblestone lanes and Victorian stone houses, filled with quaint galleries, romantic restaurants and specialist boutiques. The Latin Quarter is studenty and electric, packed with rows of bars, bistros, clubs and record shops. Montréal’s gay community is based around The Village, which also has excellent cafés, bistros and trendy eateries.

This area is always pumping, and is home to some of the city’s best clubs.

Quebec City

Quebec City is also a Canadian favourite, oozing culture and style.

The historic city is perched on a cliff overlooking the Lawrence River and has a very European feel to it. It is also home to North America’s first Ice Hotel, built entirely out of ice.

Practise your French

From the Arctic tundra in the north to rolling farmland in the south and seascape to the east, there’s more to do here than just practise your French.