Quebec

Michael Phelps reasserts authority with his 16th Olympic gold

The total now stands at 16 and this one was all his own work. Michael Phelps claimed his first individual gold of London 2012 last night with a devastating swim in the 200m individual medley that proved too much for a tiring Ryan Lochte. Phelps, the master of Beijing, has reasserted his authority in the pool.

Win a sumptuous week's holiday in Québec, Canada

At less than seven hours from the UK, the province of Québec is closer than you think! With great shopping, fabulous cuisine and passion for life, Montréal and Québec City are gateways to Québec's Great Outdoors.

Jacques Hétu: Composer whose modernist works never lost sight of

Jacques Hétu died just too soon to enjoy the first performance of his Fifth Symphony, on 3 March, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor Peter Oundjian. But he did not want for public hearings: although his music is unfamiliar in Britain, he was one of the most frequently performed of all contemporary Canadian composers.

24-hour room service: Hôtel-Musée Premières Nation,

"Where are the tepees?" It wasn't a subtle question from our three-year old, but one that's possibly on the minds of a few visitors to Quebec's Hotel-Musée Premières Nations, given that this hotel has not only been built by the Huron-Wendat, one of Canada's pre-eminent First Nations, but also is largely owned and run by them too. This four-star hotel is all about celebrating indigenous North American culture, and is set in a wooden longhouse-style building constructed with traditional materials and techniques. It's also about refined-rustic elegance and modern comforts. There's not a wigwam in sight, but there is a gourmet restaurant and a hi-tech annex museum.

Plate With A View: La Montagne Coupée, Quebec, Canada

This restaurant may be set in one of Canada's finest health retreats, but it is no place for dieters. The emphasis is on elaborate, regional food served in hearty portions. After a bowl of chef Amélie Roch's homemade soup (a rich pumpkin the night I was there), starters range from artisan smoked trout or wild mushroom ravioli to a goats' cheese tartlet served with onion marmalade, grilled pistachios and a Cape Gooseberry brandy.