Québec's rich heritage and strong resemblance to older European cities makes it a much frequented destination. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Québec is the only French-speaking fortified city in North America. Its geographic location makes it possible to travel from the city to the flowering countryside or into the heart of a splendid forest in just a few minutes. Québec's earliest population included Native Americans, as well as settlers from France and England. This probably explains why "les Québecois" are so warm and welcoming.
A region full of history, offering gastronomy, outdoor activities and cultural events, Québec remains a favorite destination for visitors. With its vast countryside, small villages and large cities that offer all kinds of activities, Québec is a region that will please everyone. The lakes, rivers, mountains and falls sit right next to the historical cities and towns, which makes it a very diversified and inviting region. People come to Québec City to enjoy walks in Old Québec where they can discover the fortifications, the illustrious Château Frontenac, the famous Plains of Abraham and Place-Royale.
In the green belt surrounding the city, the impressive Montmorency Falls and peaceful Ile d'Orléans are other scenic attractions that may be visited. The neighboring area also holds some of the former colony's oldest farms. Outdoor activities abound in the region of Québec: hiking, alpine skiing, river sports, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fauna observation. The area has several parks which make perfect playgrounds for outdoor enthusiasts. In winter, everything becomes enchanted! The snowy Old Québec reminds us of those little villages at the foot of Christmas trees. In summer as in winter, Québec City has many activities to offer: festivals, cultural events, exhibitions and concerts follow one another in a round of amusement.
Visitors to Old Québec soon see why UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure! Strolling the streets of Old Québec is like journeying back in time. The eminently walkable walled city has a unique European feel and is extraordinarily well preserved after 400 years. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, you'll love the look and charm of Québec City's lovely historic neighborhoods. The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to the European charm. You'll find horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers, and artists, particularly at Old Québec's own open-air art gallery, Rue du Trésor. High atop Cape Diamond, stroll along the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area. Or watch the ice making its way down the river in winter.
Perched atop the headland, Château Frontenac has stood overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace for over 100 years. Construction on the most-photographed hotel in the world began in 1892. Since then, it has been expanded several times, including in 1924, when a central turret was added, and again in 1926 after fire destroyed part of the building. The building brings to mind the château-style hotels built by Canadian railroad companies toward the end of the 19th century.
Vieux-Port De Québec
Québec City's Old Port has always been a hive of activity, from its heyday in the 19th century as one of the world's five biggest ports to its status today as a popular cruise destination. The new and improved port is now a favorite spot for both tourists and local enjoying rue Saint Paul, with its inviting antique shops, art galleries, and sidewalk cafés. And just around the corner is Musée de la civilization, where fascinating exhibits and interactive workshops await.