About Quebec City & area

Quebec City 

  • Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain
  • Cradle of French civilization in North America
  • Capital city of a province of 7.5 million people
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 thanks to historic Old Quebec
  • Seat of the province’s National Assembly
  • 9,000 km2 in area
  • 250 km northeast of Montreal
  • Population 632,000 (Greater Quebec City Area)
  • 99% of visitors are happy or very happy with the warm Quebec welcome

Culture & Discovery

The birthplace of French North America and the only walled city north of Mexico, Quebec is an open-air treasure chest that will delight history and culture buffs alike. Its European background and modern, North American character are set off by a heady blend of history, traditional and contemporary art, and French language culture to make Quebec City a destination like no other.

Visitors flock to Old Quebec. This fortified part of the city exudes Old World charm, with winding, cobblestoned streets and a profusion of boutiques, museums, and attractions. From timeless Grande Allée to the trendy Saint-Roch neighborhood, Quebec City is a place to slow down and savor the finer things in life. Take your time—there’s a stellar lineup of cultural and sporting activities, exciting events, festivals, plays, shows, museums, and concerts to enjoy. The Quebec Winter Carnival, the world’s biggest winter celebration, is an enduring classic, not to mention the Quebec City Summer Festival and the SAQ New France Festival, two of the many other events that help visitors discover all that Quebec’s rich culture has to offer. Quebec City has plenty of room for everyone (17,250 hotel rooms at last count). Whether you’re looking for a big chain hotel, a boutique hotel with a charm all its own, or a vacation hotel not far from downtown, Quebec City boasts American style efficiency in EuroStyle surroundings. No wonder our hotel network and the services it provides are envied the world over.

Just minutes from town

A hop, skip and jump from downtown, visitors are already in another world—there’s a whole outdoor playground to discover! Talk about nirvana for sports enthusiasts. A national wildlife area, a national park, two wildlife preserves, 15-odd golf courses, four ski resorts, and some thirty cross country ski centers are just some of the area’s many outdoor attractions.

Vacation treats

Quebec City is renowned for the quality of its fine dining and has a little black book’s worth of local and European-style restaurants, sidewalk cafés, and cool bistros where you can enjoy local produce, fine cuisine, and innovative global fare, including no fewer than 100 memorable restaurants in the historic old city alone. And you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation, too. Take your pick from cozy inns, luxury hotels, trendy addresses, and charming bed & breakfasts.






Source : Québec City Tourism