Travel to Québec City offers the chance to sample a piece of Europe in North America with its historic walled city and its French language and heritage. The province of Québec is Canada’s largest, and French is the first language of 83 percent of Québecois.
Québec has a rich history, from the Aboriginal peoples to the colonial eras (first French and then British), from the emergence of French Canadian nationalism and efforts for sovereignty to its status as a distinct and vibrant culture within Canada.
Québec City is a charming and historic city in an extraordinarily beautiful setting on the banks of the St. Lawrence river. The turrets and towers of the Château Frontenac dominate the skyline. Vieux Québec (Old Québec) has a distinctly European character. Narrow streets descend steeply down to the Basse Ville (Lower Town) and restaurants are tucked into homes dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Québec City was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It is considered one of North America’s top ten tourist destinations, a distinction owing not only to its beautiful setting but to the unique French experience and rendez-vous with history that the city offers.