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.

This Eastern Canadian Province of surprising contrasts is a perfect blend of French and British cultures - and now the Independent is offering one lucky reader a pair of tickets to see for themselves.

The winner will receive a pair of air tickets courtesy of British Airways, as well as three nights each in superb Fairmont hotels in Montréal and Québec City plus VIA Rail train tickets between the two cities.

Montréal and 400-year-old Québec City’s beautifully restored buildings house interactive museums, hotels, glitzy department stores and vibrant boutiques. The French influence ensures affordable fantastic food and the pavement cafés are perfect for soaking up the atmosphere.

Québec, a four-season destination, is unspoilt and inviting – from the Laurentians to the Charlevoix, a UNESCO World Biosphere. Take a leisurely drive through the picturesque villages of the Eastern Townships and stay in lakeside country inns, visit vineyards and orchards, and browse the many antique shops. Enjoy whale watching on the mighty St Lawrence River, cruise the Saguenay Fjord in a catamaran or visit Lac-St-Jean. Go east for the Québec Maritimes, its stunning coastline and islands are home to charming fishing villages and is a must for seafood lovers. Québec, a real ‘get away from it all’ holiday.

To enter, all you have to do is answer the following question:

At the center of Montréal's downtown sits the city's grandest and most gracious hotel – Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. Located above the train station, and connected to the extensive underground city of thousands of boutiques, restaurants and cafés, the hotel is within walking distance of Old Montreal, museums, sports and other major attractions.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, meanwhile, has stood for more than a century as the primary reference in and the architectural signature of Québec City. A United Nations World Heritage site, Québec City is one of the most European and fascinating cities in North America.

Travelling between the Province of Québec’s two largest cities doesn’t have to be stressful. Book travel aboard the Montréal-Québec City train for safe, convenient travel and relax and enjoy the view, chat with your fellow companions, play a game of cards or read a good book.

The relaxing ambience and attentive service of Business Class offers the added convenience of priority boarding, a delicious meal, beverages and access to our in station Panorama Lounges.

British Airways flies daily to Montreal from the state of the art Terminal 5 at London Heathrow. The prize is for 2 adults and includes return economy flights to Montréal (YUL) from London Heathrow (LHR), with British Airways in World Traveller cabin. Subject to availability. It is suggested to avoid choosing peak times, such as Bank and School Holidays.

This competition closes on Wednesday 23rd February.

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