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In Québec City, every mealtime is a pretext to make a culinary discovery. Although the city is often referred to as the gastronomic capital of North America, a number of other labels could as easily be ascribed to it: the capital of sidewalk cafés, the capital of unpretentious good food, the capital of bistros or the capital of wine and cheese. Eating well is part of daily life in Québec City and is one of the region's major attractions.
Many people visit Québec City for its history and beauty, but they soon discover that it is also a cultural hub where groundbreaking artistic trends are celebrated. Francophone artists, actors, singers and artisans are drawn to Québec City, a bastion of the French language on a predominantly English-speaking continent.
There is an abundance of attractions in Québec City. Its most famous district, Old Québec, is the cradle of French civilization in North America. The winding streets and bustling public squares date back over 400 years to the founding of the city by French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Today, Old Québec is famous the world over for its European charm and well-preserved architectural treasures.
While those living in other cities have to drive for hours before arriving in the countryside, Québec City residents are fortunate in that the great outdoors—and many recreational activities and parks—are only half an hour away.
Several festivals and celebrations are held during the winter months. The Québec Winter Carnival is one of the world's largest winter carnivals, featuring two night parades hosted by the jovial Carnival spokesnowman, Bonhomme Carnaval; a canoe race over the icy St. Lawrence River; an ice castle in Old Québec; snow and ice sculptures; dogsled races; and a multitude of games and activities for the whole family.
The unending succession of events and festivals throughout the year add to the appeal of the Greater Québec Area tourist offer.