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Quebec City - CAN
Québec City is definitely Canada’s most historical city, beautifully located on the banks of the St. Laurence River. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only walled city in North America. It is also very French in its feel and the vast majority of the population are French-Speaking. Québec is the centre of Government, with a strong religious feel to the city as well.
Most of the highlights for visitors are close to the St. Laurence River in Vieux Québec. The winding cobbled streets are flanked by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century stone houses and churches, graceful parks and squares, and countless monuments. Although some districts have been painstakingly restored to give tourists as seductive an introduction to Québec as possible, this is nevertheless an authentically and profoundly French-Canadian City.
Head to Chateau Frontenac, a Quebecois Icon, for a drink and then stroll along the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk with its beautiful views of the St. Laurence River. Or take the Levis Ferry along the St. Laurence River with its beautiful views of the Chateau! (This is particularly breathtaking at night). At The Citadel, watch the changing of the guards at 10am each day, complete with furry hats. Place Royale is a picture perfect Public square just outside the Old towns wall.
One of the best ways to see the city and soak up the atmosphere is by taking a horse drawn carriage ride. Cruising is always a fun adventure and provides a different perspective of the land. Plenty of cruises make port along the St. Lawrence and offer a diner cruise, sunset cruise, brunch cruise, whale watching, touring etc.
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From French-Canadian cuisine to Nouveau cuisine to intimate cafes specializing in crepes, you`ll find a wide variety of dining options throughout Québec City. ‘Toast’ is one of those restaurants people come home talking about and is highly recommended for foodies. The menu is experimental; full of unique flavours, textures and odd combinations. Combined with great service and beautiful old town setting makes this a must if you can.
For more traditional fair there’s Le Continental in Vieux Québec with its classic styling, sophisticated atmosphere and traditional French-Canadian Menu. Ristorante Il Teatro features Italian haute cuisine in a very inviting atmosphere. Or pop into L`Inox for a micro brew and a hot dog. Sure a hot dog doesn’t sound very traditional or experimental, but they are awfully cool hot dogs!
The whole of St-Jean Street inside the walls and the section outside the walls in "Quartier St-Jean-Baptiste" is well worth a visit. There are vintage stores, exclusive clothing, trendy boutiques, record stores and a museum of chocolate (you can eat or drink some, including the very same hot chocolate Mayas are said to have enjoyed!).
The shopper`s paradise lies on Laurier Boulevard, no less than 4 shopping malls in a row await you, the biggest one being Laurier Québec, with its 350 stores, including 40 restaurants, visited by over 12 million people every year. The second biggest one of these four is Place Sainte-Foy with 125 stores. Amongst many other unique stores, you can go to Simons, established in Québec since the 19th century and offering stylish clothes and accessories. Browse the shops along the smaller Rue Saint-Louis, Artists Alley and le Petite Champlain (the oldest shopping street in North America) for truly unique souvenirs like wood carvings or a watercolor!
Summers in Québec City are generally quite mild with little rain and cool nights. There are often two weeks in July when the temperatures can reach the high 20`s. This is also the time for great festivals and markets. By late August the Autumn starts to arrive with the foliage changing and heralds the arrival of thousands of snow geese migrating south. Winter is Québec City`s longest season and Carnaval de Quecbec gets underway in February with various winter sports on offer, sugar shacks and kraft villages, hot tub parties and night parades. Spring is the shortest season (April) when the City seems to turn from white to green overnight!
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