Quebec City, the only fortified city in North America! The Citadelle is the largest fortification in North America still occupied by regular troops, and is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada. Even though this capital city is steeped in history, the year-round activities are truly up to date: world-class winter carnival and summer festival, theatre, exhibitions. The accommodations and dining are topnotch. Québec City today is a busy seaport, an important centre of services and research, a cultural hot spot and, of course, the provincial capital. Throughout their long history, people here have always recognized the importance of living well and having fun whatever the season. July is the time for Quebec City's International Summer Festival, and seven months later, in February, the city explodes again with Carnaval, the biggest winter celebration of its kind in the world.
Located at the foot of Cape Diamant, Place-Royale is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in North America. Its narrow streets and stone-walled houses represent four centuries of history. Today, this vibrant district is bustling with talented craftspeople and designers. Jewelers, potters, fashion designers and gourmet chefs have a warm, enthusiastic welcome in store for you. It is said that the Château Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world. This proud and majestic building is an internationally renown symbol of Québec City. Right beside the Château is the Dufferin Terrace, which offers a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area. A funicular allowing visitors to quickly reach the Quartier Petit-Champlain and Place-Royale can be found at the easternmost point of the Terrace.
The outskirts of Québec City are simply enchanting. You could find yourself deep in the countryside, in the heart of one of the large natural parks, or on spectacular golf courses and majestic ski slopes like Mont Saint Anne and Stoneham. In the middle of the St. Lawrence the Ile d'Orléans has long been known for its fertile farmlands. Its lush landscapes soon became the Capital's main supplier of fruits and vegetables. Today, the quality of island produce is still among Québec's best. The beauty of the island's churches bear witness to the importance of spirituality in the hearts of its inhabitants.
Nature and culture? It's all yours in the Québec City region!