One of the most charming and interesting cities of Canada, Quebec City, is the capital of the province of Quebec. Located on the St. Lawrence River, the old city is composed of upper and lower sections, which are connected with a steep staircase, and for those who don’t want the arduous climb, there is a funicular.
Jaques Cartier built Quebec’s fort in 1535 with the objective to establish a city later on. When the returned six years later, native tribes fiercely resisted his efforts to build a city, and he had no choice but to return to France in 1542.
Samuel de Champlain, a French diplomat and explorer, July 3 1608 on the site of Stadacona, funded the city, which was an abandoned Iroquoian settlement.
When the French rule ended in 1763, Quebec had a population of 8000, but now 500,000 call it their home, If you count the population of Greater Quebec City it goes up to 720,000.
British forces occupied the city and an American attempt to annex Quebec to the U.S.A in 1812 was successfully repealed.
is a francophone city with a charm and tourist orientation other North American cities lack.
The main industries are – public administration, commerce, transportation, some small-scale manufacturing, defence establishments, and tourism.
You can walk comfortably in both sections of the compact city and visit all the sites of Vieux Quebec– Place Royale, Plains of Abraham (not much to see. It is flat grass covered ground), the Citadelle, the Provincial Government Buildings, Notre dame de Quebec Cathedral, Muse National des Beaux Arts, Musee de la Civilisation.
Chateau Frontenac in the upper Quebec City is a hotel and landmark that offers guided tours to this historic establishment.
is known for its winter carnival that takes place in January – February. Adventurous tourists can even stay in an ice hotel built exclusively using ice blocks that start melting in march. It is an experience!
Quebec City has many fine restaurants offering regional specialties like tourtiere (a meat pie), tarte a sucre, stews, farmers’ soup (soupe aux pois) among others.
In teh summer, St. Jean Baptiste day is celebrated, and the Music festival attracts thousands to the city.
Several street hawkers entertain passers-by, and an entire street is devoted to local artists to display their paintings, handiwork, and souvenirs.
Nearby Montmorency Falls, Basilica of Ste. Anne de Beaupre, Mont Ste Ann Ski rest are well wroth visiting. They attract thousands of day trippers.