Québec City is the remarkable capital Quebec, the second largest city in the province and one of the oldest cities in North America. Located in East-Central Canada, Quebec city is both cosmopolitan and diverse, and there are plenty of exciting activities and destinations that are suitable for families, couples or groups of friends. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure or big city lights, a Quebec City holiday break has it all.
Exploration of this unique place reveals a culture as unforgettably rich as the structures and history surrounding it. Quebec City's Old Town is a World Heritage Site, taking the title for being the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist.
The city and its surrounding areas have a distinct European feel, unique to North America; attractive stone buildings and winding streets are lined with a selection of shops and restaurants.
West of the walls are the Colline-Parlementaire district and the Plaines d'Abraham. The Haute-Ville is linked by the Escalier ("neck-breaker" steps) and the Old Quebec Funicular to the Basse-Ville, which includes such sites as the ancient Notre Dame des Victoires church, the historic Petit Champlain district and the port.
The unforgettable Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilization) and Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts), are both must see destinations and the chief of Parliament, the National Assembly of Quebec are also found within or near Vieux-Québec.
Quebec City is internationally known for its Winter Carnival and Carnaval de Quebec. It is also known for the Fairmont Hotel - Château Frontenac. Near the Château Frontenac in town is the beautiful Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral. The famous hotel is also near Terrasse Dufferin (Dufferin Terrace), a walkway along the edge of the cliff, offering beautiful views of the Saint Lawrence River.
Other captivating attractions near the city are Montmorency Falls and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in the town of Beaupré. Venture to these breath taking sites and explore the many faces of Quebec City’s culture, its festivals, authentic restaurants and more.
The official language of Quebec is French, though in most urban centers you will find plenty of English speaking people as well. Its people are as warm, vibrant and embracing as they are distinct in their culture. Its major cities (Montreal, and the provincial capital, Quebec City) reflect a European sensibility both in style and atmosphere.
The far north is pristine and wild. Sparsely populated, it is mostly inhabited by Aboriginal Canadians, although there are many wilderness lodges catering to those interested in canoeing, fishing and hunting activities. Select any of our Quebec City holidays and you can enjoy the best of both worlds: dynamic urban cities with excellent shopping, dining and world-class entertainment, as well as the many fun and unique activities that are reflective of French Canadian heritage and Colonial Canadian history, not to mention world-renowned destinations for skiing, boating, and camping.