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Samuel de Champlain might have founded Quebec as a fortified city in the year 1608, but it has managed to transform itself into one of the most beautiful cities in North America over the years. Quebec is a city that is best known for its unique culture, breathtaking architecture, old world sights and a rich history. It is also one of those few cities that is always best explored or discovered on foot.
The picturesque Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a live museum of cobblestone streets, 17th century houses and splendid churches. The Old Town along with its elegant bistros and manicured squares is considered to be the main draw of Quebec. St. Jean Street is not just an entry point into Old Town, it lies at the very heart of the city and home to the main social and cultural life of Quebec. The St. Jean Gate, Notre Dame de Quebec and Place Royale are also located close by.
Yes, it might be the only fortified city in North America to the north of Mexico, but it certainly knows how to welcome its travellers and visitors. It’s not just the history and culture that demands for your attention. Little things such as its public squares, delicate cuisines, fiery French fares, cobblestone streets and unique ways of life also vie for the traveller’s attention.
Moreover, Quebec is not just about its stunning beauty, old world charms and breathtaking architectures. Tourists can choose from a myriad of entertainment activities as well. From acrobats and musicians that occupy public squares and entertain visitors throughout the summer months to the grand Winter Carnival and the only ice hotel of North America, there is no shortage of things to do in Quebec.
Many tourists might boast of exploring the entire length and breadth of the city in a single day, but the true sights only reveal themselves over time. Sticking in town for one weekend is a must for all travellers.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Parliament Buildings
1045 Parlementaires Road (visitor's entrance: Door 3 on
the corner of Grande-Allée and Honoré-Mercier Avenue)
|What is it? Just outside the old city walls stands the
imposing 19th-century Parliament Building, inspired by the Louvre
in Paris and designed by the architect, Eugene Etienne Taché.
Although it is the working home of the 125-strong National
Assembly, the buildings are open to visitors for guided tours,
offered in English or French, which highlight the historic value of
the unique building as well as informing visitors about the
organisation and proceedings of the Québec National
Hours of Operation: Weekdays 9am to 4.30pm (September to June); from 24
June to Labor Day (September) it is also open weekends 10am to
Phone:(418) 643 7239
|2. Place Royale
Interpretation Centre of Place-Royale, 27 rue
|What is it? The site of the historical Place-Royale
complex was used in ancient times by Amerindians for trading, until
the leader of the first Quebec French settlement, Samuel de
Champlain, constructed a formal fortified fur trading post in 1608.
The trading post flourished and grew into a thriving town,
constructed largely of wood, until in 1682 it was destroyed by
fire. Reconstruction was in fire-resistant stone, the buildings
that still stand today. Known as the market square, the site once
again became a hub of activity, until the end of the 19th century
when its importance declined. By 1950 the Place Royale was a
neglected, decaying area. The Government then initiated a
restoration programme that has turned this historic site, known as
the 'birthplace of French America', into one of the city's main
attractions. It features a clutch of interesting museums, living
history demonstrations and tours of historic
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays to Sundays 10am to 5pm. From 24 June to
September daily 9.30am to 5pm
Phone:Interpretation Centre: (418) 646 3167
Quartier Petit-Champlain, Louis-Jolliet House
|What is it? A panoramic bird's eye view of historic
Québec city can be had from the cabin of the Funicular that travels
at an angle of 45 degrees from Louis Jolliet House in the heart of
the old City to Dufferin Terrace. The funicular has been an
attraction in the city since the original steam driven version was
erected in 1879.
Hours of Operation: 7.30am to 11.30pm (up to midnight during summer June
Phone:(418) 692 1132
holidays - Top Events
|1. Quebec Winter Carnival
|What is it? The world's largest winter carnival was first
held in 1894, when French colonists started holding a rowdy
get-together before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. Today it has
snowballed into Québec City's most important tourist and local
event, packed full of activities and entertainment, most based on
Quebecois lifestyle. Events range from a snowshoe challenge to a
double-harness derby, sleigh rides and snow sculpturing, not to
mention a host of entertainment performances, treats to eat and
other heartwarming fun.
Where is it? Various, centred on the Place desjardins