You don’t have to dig very deep to become convinced that Québec City is the most romantic city in North America. - Travel & Leisure, January 2012
Château Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel, has stood overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace for over 100 years. Perched atop the headland, the landmark establishment has become a veritable icon of the Old City. Construction of the hotel began in 1892. Since then, it has been expanded several times, including in 1924, when a central turret was added, and again in 1926 after fire destroyed part of the building.
No matter where you stand on Dufferin Terrace, you’re rewarded with breathtaking views: the icebound St. Lawrence, Île d’Orléans all frosted with snow, and the city of Lévis and Québec City’s Lower Town beneath their mantel of white. The 671-metre-long wooden boardwalk is a popular year-round gathering place—and the perfect spot for snapping some pictures.
Riding the toboggan run on Dufferin Terrace beside the Château Frontenac is a favourite local tradition. For over a century, adventure seekers have been getting their adrenaline rush as they fly downhill at speeds of up to 70 km an hour.
The narrow streets leading to Dufferin Terrace and Château Frontenac are oozing with charm and cachet, and are well worth taking the time to explore. Rue Saint-Louis and Rue Sainte-Anne are lined with renowned restaurants and delightful shops. They make a great place to warm up before exploring some more.
When Québec City dons its coat of white, we head outside to play. Winter sports and activities abound in the heart of town, or just minutes away.