Quebec City is North Americas only walled city and well deserves its UNESCO World Heritage Site title. The Old Town ‘Vieux Quebec’ was built by the French during the 17th century and is an intriguing maze of narrow cobbled streets, 17th and 18th-century stone houses, picturesque parks and beautiful churches.
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You can spend your days exploring the intriguing boutiques and enjoying romantic lunches in the many bistros that line the streets. You should head to Dufferin Terrace to take in the breath-taking vistas of St Lawrence River and the impressive Château Frontenac, which stands majestically above the old town. The cities nightlife is also just and enticing, with chic bars and a wealth of exciting dining options.
The city abounds with historical treasures. The Citadelle should be top of your list of where to visit, it is North America’s largest fort, and construction was started by the French in the 1750s, but it was the British who completed it around 100 years later. Another must see is Battlefields Park, or the ‘Plains of Abraham’ as it’s also known. This is the site of the infamous ‘Battle of Quebec’ where the French were forced to surrender Canada to the British. Today it’s a verdant park, ideal for a peaceful walk to take in the scenic vistas and the occasional ornamental cannons. Other historic sites include Artillery Park and the Place Royale.
There’s more culture too with its museums, galleries and cathedrals. The most notable is the city’s famous Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame. The two most popular museums are the Musee de la Civilisation and the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. The Parliament Building is an intriguing building, that’s worth exploring.
This is the largest French speaking region outside France and it’s also Canada’s largest province, so if you’re visiting Canada you really should spend a few nights in this enchanting city.
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