As the cradle of French Civilisation in North America and capital of the Province, Québec City shines for its incredible blend of old and new that, simply put, makes it a destination like no other.
Located on the shores of the St Lawrence River, this city is best known for its Old Quarter – the cultural epicentre and heart of Canada. Head inside the UNESCO world-heritage city walls (Québec City is the only walled city north of Mexico) for a nose through its life-size history books.
There are countless monuments, parks, colonial architecture and main squares that draw on the last 400 years of frequent French, British and American battles. Replace the usual city skyscrapers with château spires, skip over the cobbled streets (ladies, beware those high heels) and sip cocktails overlooking St Lawrence’s River from your cliff top perch. And although the place is steeped in captivating history, Québec also has a bohemian-arty side. Soak in the character-filled francophone music wafting from the radio and hang out with designers, acrobats, musicians and countless other Québécois. Their personalities beat with an intoxicating energy all wrapped up in a sophisticated extérieur, just like the city itself.
The other 7 boroughs that make up this Canadian charmer show off a foodie and forward thinking culture. And no matter what time of year you’re here – snowcapped or sun trapped you can’t ignore the festivals renowned for being the best on the planet. Think huge ice sculptures, mad costumes and global music stars. This city knows how to put on a show.