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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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Quebec 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 Assembly. 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 4.30pm Phone:(418) 643 7239



2. Place Royale
Interpretation Centre of Place-Royale, 27 rue Notre-Dame
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 buildings. 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



3. Funicular
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 to August) Phone:(418) 692 1132



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1. Quebec Winter Carnival

From 2007-01-26

To 2007-02-11

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




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