Quebec City, Canada Plan a trip

Step back in time in the birthplace of French North America in the endlessly fascinating Québec City.

Sitting on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Québec province, this is a place bursting with European charm and a rich heritage spanning over 400 years.

Lovers of history and architecture will be in absolute heaven exploring Québec’s fortified colonial core, and its UNESCO World Heritage neighbourhood of Vieux-Québec (Old Québec). This is the most intact fortified town north of Mexico, and inside its walls you’ll find cobblestone streets, beautiful churches, impressive monuments and no end of other cultural treasures.

One of the best ways to spend an afternoon in this welcoming, safe city on the river is browsing the shops and marina of Old Port. Next, head to the sweeping Plains of Abraham and Parliament Hill for fountains, gardens and some of the best views across the city.

Québec City has other gems to discover too, including world-class museums, incredible food and renowned festivals, including the famous Carnaval de Quebec in winter. Make sure to add the Neo-Gothic library Maison de la Littérature to your must-see list, along with the Le Château de Frontenac – the world’s most photographed hotel. The city even has its own Ice Hotel, the only one of its kind in North America.

And if you can tear yourself away from the attractions of the city centre, head out into the country. You’ll be blown away by the beauty of the surrounding landscape, which is why Québec is known as ‘la belle province’. Out here, you’ll find stunning lakes, mountains, forests and deep green valleys, along with the magnificent Montmorency Falls just a few miles northeast of Old Québec.

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