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Québec City, Québec


North America's oldest French-speaking city has a commanding position on the cliffs above the St. Lawrence River. Québec City is remarkable for its well-preserved historical districts and dramatic buildings such as the towering Château Frontenac and the Citadelle.

A view of the Château Frontenac can be seen from the famous Plains of Abraham where the decisive 1759 battle between French and English took place.

Dating to 1608, Quebec City has a fortified colonial core, with the dominant Citadelle military installation atop Cap Diamante.

The picturesque cobblestone streets lined with stone buildings in Vieux-Quebec and Place Royale historical districts are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

We happened to be there during la Nouvelle-France Festival, when the historical period that gave rise to Quebec is celebrated with pomp and humour.

Rue Saint-Louis is one of the oldest streets in Quebec City dating to the 17th Century, where notable buildings include the Ursuline convent and Maison Jacquet, the oldest building in the city.

Along the streets of the Petit-Champlain area, artists in period costume enhance the enchanting atmosphere.

The Museum of Civilization has a participatory approach in exhibits about Québec history and culture.

The Museum of Fine Arts (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec) has four buildings of various galleries. (photo courtesy of MNBAQ)

Rue de Tressor is a narrow alley where local artists and artisans display and sell their works. (pierre-olivier fortin, Wikimedia Commons)

A short and scenic ferry ride across the river lies Lévis, a city originally settled in 1647, home to historical homes and schools, and host to sporting activities and a jazz festival.

Taking Flight, by Jules LaSalle in City Hall Gardens

La Petite Liseuse, by Lewis Pagé at Bibliotèque Saint-Jean-Baptiste

The Odyssey, by Cooke-Sasseville, on Champlain Street

Quebec City is rich with public art, sculptures, installations and murals.

At Parc de la Chute Montmorency, a suspension bridge hangs over the crest of the falls.


The mighty St. Lawrence River  and estuary is a major seaway connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Route de Navigateurs roadway runs along the edge of the St. Lawrence for 470 kilometers and highlights the history of navigation and settlement along the river. (photo courtesy of Bonjour Quebec)

Île d'Orléans, in the St. Lawrence River about 5 kilometers from downtown Québec, was one of the first areas to be settled, and is known for its contributions to Québécois cuisine.

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