A trip to Canada is not complete without spending time in Québec City. A UNESCO world heritage city centre, Québec City is the most European city in North America and considered the best destination in Eastern Canada according to TripAdvisor.
Are Québec City and Québec the same? No, not at all. Québec City is the capital city within the province of Québec, in Canada. As the provincial capital, Québec City is home to the province’s Parliament and National Assembly. Located about 250 km east of Montréal, Québec City sits on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
The only fortified city north of Mexico and the birthplace of French Canada, the Historic District of Old Québec was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985. Known for the world-famous Château Frontenac, Québec City is also known for its rich history, cobblestone streets, European architecture and fortifications. It's a piece of Europe in Canada.
Spend time in Petit-Champlain, enjoy one of the oldest shopping streets in North America, experience Québec City’s religious heritage through its basilicas and churches, and immerse yourself in the city’s military history with visits to the Plains of Abraham, the fortifications and the Citadel.
Soak up the lively French Canadian culture with an array of events throughout the year. In winter, embrace the snow and marvel at the only ice hotel in North America and enjoy the festivities of Québec Winter Carnival. During the Holidays, the historic district of Old Québec turns into a living Christmas card with its holiday lights and German Christmas market. In summer, the city is alive with festivals like Festival d’été de Québec and New France Festival, street performers and many exciting events.
During your visit to Québec City, go to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, home of the biggest collection of Québec art in the province, to admire the works of Québec artists from the 18th-century to present day.
Don’t speak French? No need to worry, you’ll find English-speakers throughout Québec City, especially in tourism hot spots.
With many must-do food experiences, Québec City is the perfect city to immerse yourself in traditional Québecois dishes like poutine and tourtière. Maple syrup is a key ingredient in almost every Québecois dish. Make time to acquaint yourself with Québec City’s craft beer scene, visiting local breweries and picking up various craft beers from stores found throughout Old Québec. The French cuisine found in Québec City is among some of the best in Canada, from bistro style to fine dining favourites like Le Saint-Amour, Restaurant l’Intiale and Champlain.