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Quebec City OVERVIEW
Built on precariously-beautiful cliffs overlooking the St. Lawrence River, lovely Québec City is known among travelers as a winter wonderland with Old World sensibility and European charms. And with good reason. After all, once the capital of New France, Québec is North America's only walled city. But the French-speaking provincial capital not only lives up to its reputation, it surpasses it, with spring and summer heat and action, autumn adventures, world-class culinary and shopping scenes, cutting-edge arts and culture, and booming hi-tech and tourism industries. With a major university (Université du Québec), this ever-growing city is becoming more and more modern. Yet with a population of over 655,000 in the region, Québec retains its quiet, old-Europe look and feel. Locals are friendly, the air is crisp and clean, and Québec is proud of its authentic roots. Narrow cobblestone streets are bursting with 17th-century architecture, art galleries, designer clothing boutiques, chic bistros, ...See More cafés and antique shops that are a treasure hunter's paradise. And, yes, it’s a winter wonderland. Surrounded by countryside, ski hills and national parks that are perfect for sports all year long, between late November and March subzero temperatures and heaps of snow transform this region into an other-worldly paradise. Québecois don’t tolerate winter; they celebrate the season with a bounty of festivals, cuisine, customs and, most of all, winter sports. If you ski, snowboard or skate, get yourself a parka and get out there because Québec is your ultimate playground. High season continues in summer with hot sunny temperatures, water sports and more joyous, fun-filled festivals than you can shake a stick at. (Quebecers love their festivals). Come autumn, changing leaves transform the region into a symphony of colour, and the sporting activities continue all year long—as do the city’s cultural, culinary, lifestyle and other pleasures. Ultimately, Québec City is a year-round playground, not only for sporty types but also families, couples, foodies, spa and wellness seekers, Francophiles, shoppers, and history, art and architecture buffs. Welcome to the Old World, new school style. See Less
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