A pocket of continental Europe in Eastern Canada, Quebec City charms its visitors with an atmosphere all its own. This walled city—one of the oldest in North America—is the capital of its namesake province and a bastion of French Canadian culture. In 1985, its Old Town was dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander down cobblestone streets between 400-year-old stone buildings and take in sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River. Quebec City travel may revolve around its history, but the French-speaking town also home to trendy shopping and nightlife and plenty of high-tech innovation. No trip would be complete without a taste of both.
Things Not to Miss in Quebec City
• Old Town and its 400-year-old stone buildings and walls
• Historical exhibits at Quebec’s Museum of Civilization
• The masterpieces on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts
• The picturesque ice rink in the Place D’Youville
• The one-time defense systems at Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site
• The Citadel of Quebec
When to Go to Quebec City
Temperatures peak in time for the tourist season in July and August and are often accompanied by humidity. But travelers looking to visit Quebec City who don’t mind the cold can experience the destination as a quieter winter wonderland. Snow often blankets the city between December and April. And, each year, the city hosts its festive Winter Carnival to celebrate the season.