If you are charmed by towering fortresses, stunning castles, you like wandering ancient cobblestone streets, revel in eating great food, and feel like you have time-travelled to Europe, then here are the Top Reasons to Visit Quebec City in Canada.
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- 1 About Quebec City
- 2 Where to Stay in Quebec City
- 3 Language Spoken In Quebec City
- 4 Weather in Quebec City?
- 5 Top Reasons to Visit Quebec City
- 6 Explore Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
- 7 Discover Upper Town (Haute-Ville)
- 8 Explore Battlefields Park
- 9 Discover Place-Royale
- 10 People Watch at Quartier Petit-Champlain
- 11 Pay Respects at Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
- 12 Visit Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica
- 13 Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
- 14 Soak up the Atmosphere at Terrasse Dufferin
- 15 Eating in Quebec City
- 16 How to Get to Quebec City
About Quebec City
Quebec City, also known as Ville de Québec in French, is the capital city of the Quebec province in Canada. It is located 151 miles from Montreal, 270 miles from Ottawa, 381 miles from Boston and 524 miles from New York City
Where to Stay in Quebec City
There are many hotels in Quebec City.
Language Spoken In Quebec City
French is the official language of the province, and about 80% of the population are native francophones, but most, but not all, do speak English.
Weather in Quebec City?
The winters in Québec City are cold. Understatement. The average high temperatures in December and January rarely reach 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and snowfall is common.
Spring weather is mild yet wet. The Average highs rest anywhere from the low 30s to the mid-40s.
From June to September are the summer months and are more pleasant.The Average highs hover in the 70s from June through August and dip down into the 60s come September.
In October and November, the temperatures start cooling down again and range from the high 30s to the low 50s,
Top Reasons to Visit Quebec City
Quebec City is divided into the Lower Town and the Upper Town, each with their own unique charms. The city itself was built on a large rock shelf, creating the division between the Upper Town and the Lower Town, with the very steep rock face as the divider. The city is compact, however, so both areas are easy to discover on foot.
To get from the Lower Town to the Upper Town, you either climb the famous Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Stairs) or ride the funicular to the top to enjoy fantastic views of Old Québec.Regardless, it is one of the easiest cities to discover on foot. One of the best ways to discover the history and the culture of Quebec City is with an experienced local guide on a walking tour.
Explore Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Located on the city’s harbor on the banks of the St. Lawrence River are the stunning stone buildings and the winding streets of Old Québec. This historic neighborhood, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, also has some of Quebec City’s finest buildings, including the Citadel, the Quartier Petit-Champlain, and the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Discover Upper Town (Haute-Ville)
This is set high on the stone cliffs and is where Quebec City was fortified over the centuries. Situated on the St. Lawrence River, it was here that the struggle for the river and trade between the French and the British took place. In 1759, the English fought the French on the Plains of Abraham, and as a result of the battle, Quebec City was captured by the British. It was several years later that New France became an English colony.
Explore Battlefields Park
(Parc des Champs-de-Bataille)
Known as the Plains of Abraham, this 267-acre strip of land was the place that sealed Canada’s fate. The Battle of Québec took place here.
Today, Battlefields Park is a lovely place to visit, and where many concerts take place.The Joan of Arc Garden is a definite area of the gardens to visit. Battlefields Park is open year-round.
It was at this spot, in 1608, that Samuel de Champlain established a fur trading post. There are many beautiful and very historic buildings including the Notre-Dame des Victoires built in 1688.
People Watch at Quartier Petit-Champlain
Quartier Petit-Champlain is the oldest shopping district in North America. This is very touristy but with good reason and a beautiful place to do some people watching.
Pay Respects at Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
22 miles northeast of central Québec City, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre was first constructed in 1658; and rebuilt in the 1920s following a fire. The basilica honors Saint Anne, the patron saint of Québec. Pilgrims travel across the globe to pay their respects to Saint Anne and to benefit from her miraculous healing powers.
Visit Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica
The Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica was built in 1647, making it one of the oldest cathedrals in North America.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
The city’s skyline is dominated by the most photographed chateau in the world, Château Frontenac. This landmark hotel has going it all going for it. With panoramic views overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Old Quebec, this is a trendy hotel for visitors to Quebec City. It is opulent and worth considering as your hotel during your stay. Latest prices here
Soak up the Atmosphere at Terrasse Dufferin
For stunning views of Old Quebec and the St. Lawrence River, and to catch some sunshine visit Terrasse Dufferin. It is here that the Les Glissades de la Terrasse is held in winter, and where you can toboggan downhill from 270 feet high to the bottom at 500 feet. This adrenaline ride occurs ride mid-December through late March.
Eating in Quebec City
Food is an easy and important way to learn more about a city and its culture. We highly recommend a food walking tour, where you will discover both new and old cuisines, including poutine, an archetypal Canadian dish of potato chips topped with cheese curds and gravy.
How to Get to Quebec City
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, 16 km (10 miles) away from downtown Québec City.
VIA Rail Canada
Daily VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City.
From the USA
Visitors traveling by train from the USA come into Montréal via Amtrak, then transfer to VIA Rail Canada trains for Québec City.
There are many reasons you should Visit Quebec City, and these are just some suggestions.