4 Ways to Enjoy French Canadian Culture

Dinner with friends on an outdoor terrace of a restaurant on Grande Allée in the early evening.
Jeff Frenette Photography

Francophone culture, which arrived with the first French settlers and survived the era of British rule, is still very much alive in the Québec City region. Considered as the cradle of French civilization in America, Québec City is the bastion of the French language on the continent. Sharing many characteristics with the French culture—particularly the predominance of the French language—the people of Québec City have forged their own identity. They are known for their “joie de vivre,” colourful French accents, culinary traditions, and the warm welcome they extend to visitors.

Here are 4 ways to enjoy Francophone culture in the Québec City region:

  • 1 Visit Attractions that Celebrate the French Language

    Several attractions in the Québec City region showcase Francophone culture. Among the many places to visit, francophiles are sure to enjoy: 

  • 2 Dive Right into Francophone Culture During one of the Many Festivals

    One of the best ways to share in Québec City’s “joie de vivre” is to join locals during one of the many festivals and events throughout the year. Some of them are specifically focused on our francophone roots:

  • 3 Experience True French Immersion

    Québec City offers a 100% francophone environment and is the ideal Canadian destination for learning French as a second language! These language schools combine French courses with an unforgettable cultural experience.

  • 4 Track Down your Ancestors

    Starting in 1608, the Québec City region was the port of entry for many French families who went on to settle throughout North America. Descendants of the first families to come to Québec City and its environs can find genealogical records in the following places:

    • Maison de nos Aïeux on Île d’Orléans offers reference tools with information on the founding families of one of the first areas to be settled in New France
    • The Château-Richer’s genealogical centre has tools that allow visitors to map out their family tree

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Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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