Quebec City is the 400-year-old capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, also known as French Canada. Breathtaking Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a lot going for it as a luxury travel destination.
Why Visit Quebec City?
- Quebec City is a scenic treasure with a perfectly preserved Old City section enclosed within fortified brick walls
- Quebec City takes its visitors seriously, and has lovely hotels and great restaurants
- Quebec City is a marvelously creative place (Cirque du Soleil started out here)
- Close to the US/Canada border, Quebec City is a practical destination for Americans
- In fact, Travel+Leisure's 2013 World's Best Awards named Quebec City as the #1 destination in Canada
- Location: In southern Quebec, west of Maine
- Driving time: 6 hours from Boston, 8 from New York City
- Language: French, but hospitality pros and many residents speak Engish
- Currency: Canadian dollar, about equal in value to the US dollar
- Weather: Winter is November through April; Summer is July and August
- Tourism strengths: Hotels; dining; heritage; skiing; St. Lawrence River cruises; Quebec Winter Festival
Quebec City has guest accommodations of all kinds. Luxury travelers have their choice of landmark grand hotels and resorts, stylish boutique hotels, and B&Bs in elegant townhouses.
This city of 500,000 boasts more fine restaurants than many much-bigger towns. Quebec City chefs have developed their own brand of French Canadian cuisine, blending classic French technique with Quebec ingredients like game meats, North Atlantic seafood, and maple syrup.
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Most Quebec City activities and attractions revolve around two things:
- Quebec City's ample snow, present for half the year
- Quebec City's dramatic past, which involves the French, English, Scottish, First Nation tribes, and colonial Americans
Shoppers will find well-crafted French Canadian goods in Quebec City galleries and boutiques. Local retail specialties include:
- Cold-weather clothing (French Canadians know their winter gear)
- Sculptures of Arctic animals by Inuit tribal artists in the Nunavut province north of Quebec
- Landscapes and abstract paintings by Quebec artists
- Quebec-produced apple liquor and fruit-based dessert wines