No excursion to French speaking
Canada is complete without a visit to exuberant, romantic QuĂ©bec City, a travel
destination found in one of the most beautiful natural settings
in North America. The well preserved Vieux-QuĂ©bec (Old QuĂ©bec)
is small and densely packed, and is steeped in four centuries of history and French tradition.
17th and 18th century buildings have been carefully maintained and preserved
over the centuries and are bordered by numerous attractive parks which contain
The government of QuĂ©bec has completely restored
many of the centuries old buildings of Place Royale, one of the oldest
districts on the continent. Because of its meticulous preservation of this, the
only fortified city remaining in North America, UNESCO has designated Vieux-QuĂ©bec
a World Heritage Site.
Perched on a cliff above
a narrow point in the St. Lawrence River, QuĂ©bec City has a view that seems to
take in the whole world. In the 17th century the
first French explorers, fur trappers, and missionaries came here to establish
the colony of New France. Today, it still resembles a French provincial
town in many ways. The culture, music, food, and art are all distinctly
influenced by the French. At the same time, the Quebecois have
created their own enduring culture with its unique traditions, flavors,
sounds, and sights.
QuĂ©bec City's split
level landscape divides Upper Town on the cape from Lower Town, along the
shores of the St. Lawrence. Separating these two sections of the
city are cliffs of steep and precipitous rock, against which were built more than
25 escaliers (staircases). Both parts of the town offer attractions
ranging from from centuries old buildings to beautiful churches.
The city also has an amazing array of cabarets, cafes, and restaurants
where visitors can enjoy the unique Quebecois cuisine.
Quebec City is the closest
one can come to being in France without leaving North America. Visitors to
Quebec City are never disappointed. The blend of French culture with other
traditions has produced an amazing city of timeless treasures and memories to be
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