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Travel to Quebec Canada

Updated on May 9, 2015

The city was established in the 17th century by the French. Quebec literally means "where the river narrows" in aboriginal language, as the St. Lawrence River draws in prodigiously in the city’s eastern section. Although it’s an administrative and business hub, its extensive array of historic attractions coupled with old world European atmosphere and some of the best gourmet restaurants, always succeeds in delighting travellers. A ride on its horse-drawn carriages clattering down the streets, surrounded by beautiful grey-stone buildings can truly be an unforgettable experience.

French is the official language of the province of Quebec, however it’s not necessary to have working knowledge of French, as the young locals can speak conversational English. It’s also common to find locals conversing in Spanish, German and Japanese spoken in many establishments of Vieux Quebec. Summer is the ideal time of visiting Quebec, as the city comes to life under the sunny weather with various festivals. There are a number of festivals in winter too.Its served by the JeanLesageInternationalAirport and it takes less than half an hour to reach by car from downtown Quebec. It offers scheduled flights from cities such as Montreal, Toronto and New York.

Among the places of interest are Haute-Ville Chateau Frontenac, which is claimed to be the most photographed hotel in North America; Dufferin Terrace, a boardwalk situated alongside the Chateau Frontenac; Musée de l'Amérique française, a fortress where you can view the changing of the guard ceremony in the mornings; Plains of Abraham Battlefield Park, adjacent to the Old City walls which is the historic site of the 1759 battle ; Observatoire de la Capitale, one of the tallest buildings of the city offering a panoramic view of the city’s landscape and Place-Royal, the spot where the city’s founder Champlain landed in 1608 which is now stands a picturesque public square. One of the most coveted places though is the OldTown, containing a stone wall built by the French and British armies. Its now been transformed into a tourist district with a host of boutiques and photographic points.

Some of the festivals in the Quebec calendar are the Winter Carnival, a fantastic event where a huge ice palace is built, held every February; the Saint-Jean Baptiste Celebration organised every June and the Festival d'été which basically hosts music events and commences in July. The International Ice Sculpture Competition sees teams congregate from around the world to build gigantic ice structures. Bonhomme Carnaval is the festival’s mascot and also Quebec city’s most popular logo.

The vibrancy extends outdoors too, where tourists can try their hands at horseback riding, canoeing, hiking and skiing. Most restaurants here offer French or British fares in its menu. It’s also a place for picking up the nuances of the spirited Argentinean dance, the tango. Quebec City is the confluence of a cultured ambience, vivacious social life, high safety rating and a perfect balance between traditional and the contemporary, making it one of the best travel destinations of the world.


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