Quebec City Guide

Quebec City Guide

Luc-Antoine Couturier

A pocket of continental Europe in Eastern Canada, Quebec City charms its visitors with an atmosphere all its own. Quebec is a small city, but there i... Read More

A pocket of continental Europe in Eastern Canada, Quebec City charms its visitors with an atmosphere all its own. Quebec is a small city, but there is plenty to see, hear, and experience. The French culture and identity are strong in this city of 541,000 inhabitants (80 percent of those from the province consider French their mother tongue), and with that heritage comes a strong joie de vivre.

On a trip to Quebec City, you can wander down cobblestoned streets between 400-year-old stone buildings and take in sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River. An intersection of history and modernity, the old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage site, while institutions like the Musee National des Beaux-Arts are keeping with the times by opening an exhibition space designed by world-renowned Rem Koolhaas. Full of charm, in the summer streets are bustling with buskers and quaint terraced cafés, and in winter you can lace up your skates for a session at the outdoor rink at the Palais Montcalm. It’s the only walled city north of Mexico, and it is flourishing.

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Visit Quebec City

Best Time To Go

Quebec is warm and vibrant from June through September. 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, with tons of festivals and activities. Snow often blankets the city between December and April. And each year the city hosts its jolly Winter Carnival to celebrate the season.

Transportation

There are buses and taxis but Quebec City is a walking city. Many of the winding cobblestoned streets are too narrow for cars, so plan your footwear appropriately. There’s also a ferry that runs seven days a week and links Quebec City with Levis.

Weather

July is the hottest month, with an average high of 76°F (25°C), and the coldest is January, with an average high of 19°F (-7°C).

Know Before You Go

With some of the strictest language laws in the world, French is the dominant language both spoken and on all signs and menus. But if you start speaking English, most locals will respond in English as well.

Language

French, English

Electric

Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency

Canadian Dollars ($)

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