Visiting Québec City means discovering a unique culture
Visiting Québec and not stopping in Québec City is like travelling to Egypt and not going to see the pyramids! Cradle of the French civilization in North America, the city, established over 400 years ago, offers an unforgettable trip back in time. To walk up and down its picturesque pedestrian streets, discovering buildings that highlight its Indigenous, French and English influences, is to immerse oneself in the rich culture of Québec. To discover the fortifications that surround it and its citadel along the river, is to understand the strategic role the capital has played in the history of Québec. And to explore this jewel of UNESCO World Heritage, a combination of tradition and modernity, definitely is the best way to fully appreciate the culture of Québec and the pride of its people.
You will fall for it!
It would be impossible not to fall under the charm of the “most romantic city in North America”, according to the American travel magazine Travel & Leisure! The European flair of its neighbourhoods, its legendary gastronomy, its bubbling cultural scene, its impressive views on the St. Lawrence River, and the warm welcome you will receive from its residents will seduce you!
Québec City is a place you should visit on foot to fully appreciate all of its treasures. On your way, you will enjoy its vibrant cultural scene, among others its summer festival, as well as its rich religious and built heritage, including the famous Château Frontenac, a true icon of the city. Witness to the founding of the city, the wonderful Place Royale will transport you instantly back in time. So will the Petit Champlain neighbourhood, one of the oldest shopping streets in North America. Don’t be surprised if you come upon South Korean tourists having their picture taken: a TV series popular in South Korea was filmed in the streets of Vieux-Québec in the fall of 2017. And that will not be your only surprise: your stroll will eventually take you to the Plains of Abraham, an immense oasis of greenery in the heart of the city, the Central Park of Québec City.
The list of must sees and must dos is so long that you will want to extend your stay… or plan a return visit!
Some interesting facts regarding Québec City
Québec City is the only fortified city north of Mexico.
Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world.
The Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica Cathedral houses the only Holy Gate outside of Europe.
The architecture of the Parliament Building is inspired from the Louvre Palace in Paris.
Place Royale, first permanent French settlement in America, houses the oldest stone church in North America, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, erected in 1688.