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Québec City: A Taste of Europe in North America

From delightful cuisine and friendly locals to breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence River, Québec City offers a taste of Europe without the long flight.

Longing for the European experience, but not enough time to jet over the pond? Quebec City is the answer! From Chicago the flight is just over 2 hours and the feel is all European. We loved the food, the people and the views of the St. Lawrence River!  

Christmas Magic in November

This trip was just for my husband and I, but I would not hesitate to take the kids. The weather was chilly in the beginning of November, but all of the town was ready for the Christmas season–another perk for me as I love the glistening lights and all things Christmas.

A woman stands in Quebec City in the winter.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac: A Castle-Like Stay

We stayed at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, which is reminiscent of castles one may see on the river cruises in Europe. The hotel was in an amazing location, allowing for magnificent views from the restaurants and bars as well as the rooms.  

The funicular, near the hotel, connects the upper town with the lower town for those not up to climbing steps, or just wanting a different experience!

Nearby Attractions

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and Montmorency Falls are also worth a trip if visiting outside of winter and about 30 and 15 mins respectively from the Fairmont. 

Next time we visit, it will be in the fall to see the amazing colors of the autumn leaves along the river and to view the falls up close.

Visiting Montmorency Falls in the winter.

Visiting Québec City? Here’s What to Know.

Location and History

Québec City is the capital city of the province of Québec in Canada.Québec City is located in the eastern part of the province of Québec, along the St. Lawrence River. It is one of the oldest cities in North America and has a rich history and cultural heritage.

Old Québec – UNESCO World Heritage Site

The historic district of Old Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its charming cobblestone streets, historic architecture, and fortifications. It’s divided into Upper Town (Haute-Ville) and Lower Town (Basse-Ville).

Québec Winter Carnival

The city is famous for hosting the Québec Winter Carnival, one of the largest winter festivals in the world. It features parades, ice sculptures, and various outdoor activities, celebrating the winter season.

Iconic Landmarks in Québec

Québec City is home to iconic landmarks such as the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, a historic and grand hotel overlooking the Old Town, and the Plains of Abraham, a historic battlefield.

Historical church in Quebec City.

Language and Culture

The predominant language spoken in Québec City is French, reflecting the province’s French heritage. However, many residents are bilingual, and you can find English speakers in tourist areas.

Québec City has a vibrant cultural scene with museums, galleries, and theaters. The Musée de l’Amérique francophone and the Morrin Centre are notable cultural institutions.

Festivals and Seasonal Beauty

Apart from the Winter Carnival, Québec City hosts various festivals throughout the year, celebrating music, arts, and culture.

The city is known for its picturesque scenery, especially during the fall when the foliage turns vibrant colors. The beauty of the city is complemented by its setting along the St. Lawrence River.

Walking the streets of Quebec City at night.

Overall, Québec City is a charming and historic destination with a unique blend of European and North American influences.

Visitors often enjoy exploring its historic sites, experiencing its cultural events, and savoring its distinctive cuisine.

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