Quebec City Quick Facts
- Founded: 1608
- Population: 770 000 (Metro)
- Nickname: La Vieille Capitale
- Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico. It has almost 5 kms of walls.
It is the Capital city of the Province of Quebec
A UNESCO World Heritage treasure, Quebec offers a long list of places to visit – such as world class museums, heritage attractions, religious sites, amusement parks and dining venues. All of these experiences should not be missed! It is a gorgeous, walkable, walled city with pretty cobblestone streets. In fact, the Route de la Nouvelle-France is one very old thoroughfare where you can see heritage come alive along with reminders of Quebec’s rural past.
Old Quebec is the top-rated attraction with its beautiful centuries-old architecture, historic sites, horse-drawn carriages, a beautiful open-air art gallery named Rue du Trésor and friendly locals. Quebec City is the only fortified city north of Mexico so you shouldn’t miss visiting the Fortifications of Quebec, a great historic site with close to 4.6 kilometres of walls and imposing gates to explore. Drop by the Petit-Champlain District and Place Royale and enjoy some window shopping while you wander along the quaint streets. A picturesque venue, the place also prides itself with great restaurants and bistros. Admire the view from Clel! Bistro or try traditional cuisine and local produce at one of the many other restaurants and bars. Check out our travel directory for Quebec City at the top of this page for more information that may help with your stay.
If this is not enough for you, visit Quebec during the Winter Carnival for a cultural and a once in a lifetime experience along with over a million other visitors during the fun filled two weeks! The Quebec Winter Carnival is one of the largest winter carnivals in the world so don’t miss it! Quebec’s Christmas markets are superb as well where the magic of winter comes alive.
Just outside the city is the great outdoors with plenty to see at the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. Ride cable cars and walk the cable bridge over a waterfall. Also not far are the wildlife reserves of Portneuf and Laurentians where you can hike, mountain bike, nature watch or canoe the rivers. There is fishing and hunting along with camping or cool cabins to stay in. Back country skiers will love the Sentier des Caps. The Valley of Bras-du-Nord has 70 kilometres of marked trails to walk and everything is just a hop away from Quebec City.
In the city itself there are a number of themed tours like foodie tours, ghost tours and many walking tours of the buildings and sites. The city boasts great entertainment for all visitors and we recommend taking a guided tour in and around Quebec City to see more of what it has to offer.
So when we say there’s a long list of places to see in Quebec, we mean it. So book a trip to Quebec and discover which ones should be on the top of everyone’s list.