Vieux-Montréal © Destination Canada
Montréal © TM/O.Bousquet

Living culture & history

Meander along the narrow cobblestone streets of a North American city enveloped in the romantic sound of the French language. Québec became the cradle of French civilization in North America following the arrival of the first Europeans over 400 years ago —as attested by the church spires that dot the landscape and its 17th and 18th century architecture. Its history is marked by the presence of First Nations, the arrival of the French and British regimes, as well as a continuous flow of immigrants. Witness this cultural mosaic first-hand in the streets of our towns and cities, at historic sites, and inside museums. Our legacy is also felt through the evolution of urban landscapes shaped by events like Expo 67, the 1976 Olympic Games, and the 375th anniversary of the city of Montréal.

  • Historic District of Old Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Home of Cirque du Soleil

  • Le Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world

Master the art of life

  • Seize le day! Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

    Experience Québec’s National Holiday celebration. Originating from age-old traditions of celebrating the summer solstice, June 24th is not only a day off for all Quebecers, it’s a day to celebrate the culture and the people that make this place unique.

    © TQ/S.Deschênes
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    Montréal © Destination Canada/J-F.Leblanc
  • Keep it simple Monastère des Augustines

    Go back in time to this former monastery in the heart of Old Québec City. The birthplace of North America’s first hospital, it’s home to immersive experiences like meditation, yoga or an overnight stay in a 17th-century cloister.

    Monastère des Augustines © Ville de Québec
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    Monastère des Augustines © OTQ/J-F.Frenette
  • Take a living history lesson Old Québec, UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Step back in time in Old Québec City. History is everywhere here in the colourful traditions, the cobblestone streets, and in the architecture. And all with a respectful nod to Québec City’s ancestors—the Aboriginal, French and English.

    Québec © TQ/M.Laporte
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    Québec © TQ/M.Laporte