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Quebec City Holidays Guide

With a population of approximately 700,000 people, Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec, is situated on the cliffs overlooking the St Lawrence Seaway. Originally inhabited by local natives, it was first settled in 1608 by the French.

However, in 1759 France lost the city to the British who ruled it until 1867. The stone walls surrounding the City's Old Town and built by both the French and the British, are a major tourist attraction and are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Today's Quebec City is a vibrant metropolis boasting a remarkable history. The official language of the city and the province of Quebec is French although English is widely spoken.

There are numerous beautiful old historical buildings to be found throughout the city, with the imposing Chateau Frontenac Hotel dominating the skyline.

The narrow cobbled streets are reminders of the days when transport involved horse-drawn carriages. Nowadays, delis, restaurants, cafes and markets abound throughout the city offering a variety menus and local cheeses. For the young at heart, there are numerous bars and nightclubs offering both local and international entertainment. Quebec City accommodation is plentiful and varied with choices for every budget.

The RTC is Quebec's public transportation system, and is a mix of buses and express shuttles that cover the whole city. Visitors to the Old City will find that exploring on foot is the best option as it is not a large area and the old narrow streets are unsuited to modern transport.

Quebec City Highlights

Quebec Festivals & EventsWhat's on in Quebec throughout the year

Montmorency Falls Park:  Higher than the Niagara Falls, and rising 275-feet, there is a suspension bridge over the crest of the falls, providing spectacular views.

Les Sept-Chutes: Located about 45 minutes from Quebec city, this spectacular park features seven cascading Waterfalls and offers hiking trails, lookout points and places to picnic.

Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens: Site of the International Garden Festival and a must-see for garden enthusiasts it is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Plains of Abraham - The Battlefields Park: This prestigious and beautiful historical park is located in downtown Quebec City. Originally it was the site of many clashes between the French and British Empires, Today, covered with flowers or snow, it is there for everyone to enjoy. Another feature here is the Martello Tower a small defensive fort built during the 18th century.

Quebec Ville Tours:  Take a guided tour through the historical and architectural area of Old Quebec.

Town Plaza at the Place Royale: Located in the historic heart of Lower Town this town plaza with its cobblestone streets, is famous for its fine dining establishments.

Grand Theatre de Quebec: A famous venue for concerts, opera, dance and other musical and dramatic productions.

Terrasse Dufferin: This popular area has panoramic views of the St Lawrence River and with plenty of entertainers in the summer it is a great place for a stroll.

Museum of French America: A beautiful museum which has documented the history of the French in Quebec.

Old Port of Quebec Interpretation Centre:  The centre provides animated activities, characters in period costumes and presentations relating to the history in the maritime and timber industries in Quebec.

The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré: 30 kms east of Quebec and located along the Saint Lawrence River is this important Roman Catholic sanctuary. This imposing and ornate building is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year and many miracles are believed to be performed here.

The Ice Hotel - The Hôtel de Glace: A truly magical attraction of ice and snow, has wowed thousands of visitors since it opened its doors in 2001. Every year, the hotel is redesigned and rebuilt.

The Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort: Located about 40 kms from Quebec City, this resort is very popular for its country skiing, numerous ski trails and night skiing.

Parc Aquarium du Quebec (Quebec Aquarium):  A wonderful place to observe the variety of fresh and salt water fish, reptiles, marine mammals and invertebrates contained in this aquarium and learn about the ecosystems of different marine environments.

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