The birthplace of French North America and the only walled city north of Mexico is an open-air treasure chest that will delight history and culture buffs alike. Its European background and modern North American character are set off by a heady blend of history, traditional and contemporary art, and French-language culture to make Québec City a destination like no other.

Saint-Louis Gate | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ

History

  • Founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain
  • Recognized as the cradle of French civilization in North America
  • Old Québec, a UNESCO world heritage treasure (1985) on account of its heritage site
  • A unique North-American religious heritage

Culture

  • Capital of the province of Québec 
  • Home to a population of 677,000 inhabitants (Greater Québec City Area), 95% of them French-speaking. However, many people, including the vast majority of hospitality industry workers, also speak English
  • A very safe city, with one of the lowest crime rates in North America (less than 5%)
  • Among the world's best food cities
Overview of the Area

Geography

  • 9,000 km2 in area (5 592 mi2)
  • Québec comes from the Algonquin word kébec, meaning "place where the river narrows"
  • Is divided into two distinct parts (the Upper Town and the Lower Town) linked by nearly 30 sets of stairs
  • Old Québec is easily walkable
  • Parks, wildlife reserves, and scenic attractions are minutes away, with a host of outdoor activities available all year round

Tourism

  • Nearly 4.7 million tourists per year, including 1 million from 75 countries outside Canada
  • Capacity of nearly 16,000 rooms
  • International cruise ships port of call

Year after year, travel magazines continually rank the Québec City Area among the world's top destinations.