European charms & historic sights
Founded in 1608, and exchanging hands between the French and English numerous times, Quebec City is one of North America’s oldest cities. Yet with its European charm, fabulous cuisine, and romantic atmosphere, it remains a popular destination for world travelers to this day.
A must-do is a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec, the only walled city on the continent and a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported in time. Visit La Citadelle, a fortress with ramparts that surround the old city; Chateau Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel; and Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, North America’s oldest pilgrimage site.
Browse the boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants of Petit-Champlain District, where you may want to indulge in such French-Canadian dishes as tourtière, cretons, or poutine—French fries and fresh cheese curds topped with hot gravy.
One of North America’s oldest cities, Old Quebec is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts surrounding the old city are the only ones of their kind north of Mexico. Stroll the cobblestone streets and discover intriguing boutiques and restaurants.
Located within the walls of historic Old Quebec, this stately building is the most photographed hotel in the world. Originally built in the late 1800s by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the hotel was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.
La Citadelle stands guard over historic Old Quebec and has been controlled by both the British and the French. In addition to its military background, La Citadelle is also the official residence of both the Monarch of Canada and the Governor General of Canada, the Queen’s official representative.
Quebec City, Quebec At a glance