Quebec Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia
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Quebec Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Quebéc, the capital of the Canadian province
of the same name, has more than half a million residents. Being so close to the Arctic, it has long,
cold winters and is a famous winter sports destination. But during the warmer months the city bursts
into action. Quebéc City combines the “couleur locale”
of Europe with the familiarity of North America. Its charming cobblestone streets with Parisian-style
flair show a love for haute couture and fine cuisine. While discovering Quebéc’s highlights you’ll
be zigzagging between the walled Upper Town and the Lower Town, so jump on the funicular or take the L’Escalier
Casse-Cou, the “Breakneck Stairs” which is less scary
than it sounds. The Québécois will always remember their
history and are fiercely proud of their French roots, just like it says in their motto. French is the official language, croissants
are still on the menu and statues of French heroes dot the squares. The heritage-listed city center even has its
own mini version of the Notre Dame. The basilica stands at the site where it all
began: Place Royale. Samuel de Champlain founded Quebéc here in
1608. Step into the past and come face-to-face with
some of Québec’s leading artists on your way to the oldest retail district
in North America. It’s as if these sugar shacks, food stalls
and horse-drawn carriages have always been there. Find another fresco just under the Breakneck
Stairs. This one depicts the history of the waterfront
neighborhood Cap-Blanc. These days the Old Port is a great place to
explore on a bicycle. Drop in at the popular Musée de la Civilisation
and take a journey through the history of Quebéc, from the First Nations to the modern culture. Continue your time travels and stroll past
the fortifications and cannons on the panoramic Dufferin Terrace. You can’t miss Château Frontenac, which towers
over the broad Saint Lawrence River. The river plays a major part in Quebéc’s
story: It brought the first settlers, international
trade and the soldiers who fought over the Canadian territory. The Plains of Abraham, in Battlefields Park,
is where Quebéc was captured by the British in 1759, in the lead up to the end of the French rule
in Canada. Nowadays it’s a peaceful city park, where
you can explore old defense towers, fly a kite, and admire modern art. Pose in front of the Fontaine de Tourny and
look up at the Parliament Building, home to Québec’s National Assembly. Step through the gates of the nearby British
fortress La Citadelle to watch the traditional Changing of the Guard
Ceremony in summer. Shop in North America’s oldest grocery store
to stock up on provisions and head out of the Old Town to experience
some of Quebec’s family attractions: To the south, the Aquarium introduces visitors
to the marine mammals that inhabit the ice-cold waters of the Arctic. Kids can line up to get a kiss, and they
may get an unexpected round of applause! To the north are the Montmorency Falls. Glide past, stand suspended in mid air, or
climb up to the observation platform to witness the spectacle up close. Afterwards, cross the river to Île d’Orléans,
to watch the sun set over the mountains. Quebéc City transforms at dusk, the perfect
time to explore Rue St. Paul’s delightful sidewalk restaurants. End your night on the “Champs Élysées of
Québec”: The Grande Allée. A Canadian city with a 400-year-old history
and French elegance, Quebéc is truly unique. A destination to always remember: Je me Souviens!


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