A simple stroll through the streets of this city founded in 1608 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain is a treat in itself, thanks to the diversity of its neighbourhoods. Each has a particular style and charm born of a combination of historical evolution, preserved heritage buildings, urban planning and local initiatives.
City of Pleasure, City of Leisure
Special places sculpted by nature’s magic. Everything in Québec City calls out to the visitor. Everything around you is thrilling—just open your eyes! Québec, from a Native American word meaning “where the river narrows,” is above all a city of contrasts, and a dynamic place with no shortage of things to see and enjoy.
A World Heritage Jewel
Since 1985, the historical borough of Old Québec City has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is well worth the visit, as is Place Royale, site of the the first permanent settlement in New France, and the reason why the city is known far and wide as “the cradle of French civilization in the Americas.”
There is no doubting that Québec City’s charm springs in large part from a combination of factors: history, culture, architecture… Not to be neglected, however, is geography. Take one look at the sweep of the surroundings, and it’s easy to see why Champlain chose the spot to found the city.