A fairytale city of Chateaus and cobblestone streets, with breathtaking views of green parkland and the blue St. Lawrence river, Quebec City is filled with warm hospitality and European charm. This city is built for walking. Start in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the soaring churches, quaint homes, and fortifications of the only walled city north of Mexico. In the summer, skip down the stone staircases to La Citadelle, a 19th century fortress, and watch the daily changing of the guard before relaxing with a picnic on the lush green grass of the Plains of Abraham.
Active locals bike the 100 km of marked trails in Vallée Bras-du-Nord, or try their hand at canyoning in Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier. Quebec City’s food scene is defined by its European roots, but its French-Canadian personality shines through at every turn, from celebration of its local cheeses, bread, and produce at the farmers’ markets, to the rich cassoulet, poutine, and crepes served in the inviting restaurants and warm cafes.
In the winter, Quebec City’s romantic atmosphere dials up to eleven with a blanket of soft snow and brilliantly lit streets. Browse the old-world Christmas markets with a hot chocolate, or spend the new year at Carnaval de Québec, with snow carvers, dog-sledding, Bonhomme the mascot, and a hot alcoholic tipple called Caribou.