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Perched on bluff Cap Diamant (Diamond Cape) overlooking the St-Lawrence River, the century-old Le Fairmont Château Frontenac marks a dramatic peak in Québec City's skyline. Here, the continent's oldest surviving walled city embraces Canada's first European settlement, christened La Nouvelle France in the 16th century. Over 4 centuries later, the city clings to her French-speaking heritage and Gallic traditions. Steeped in bloody battles and cultured by the fascinating growing pains of the New World, Québec City steps swiftly into the 21st century with one foot rooted proudly in the past.
Things to Do
Stroll along the cobblestoned streets of Place Royale, where the famed French explorer Samuel de Champlain made his home away from home. Spend the day taking in the war-soaked Citadel, the magnificent natural beauty of La Chute Monmorency, or the golden interior of the Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral, before your trickle into your charming auberge (B&B), enjoy a leisurely walk along the scenic boardwalk, or down a local ale while listening to a chansonnier sing his heart out.
Peruse the charming antique dealers along rue St-Paul or one of the fur shops in Lower Town. In Upper Town, the winding Côte de la Fabrique will take you straight to La Maison Simons, the oldest department store in Québec, then head over to rue de Trésor, a quaint little alley for local art and city souvenirs. Just a few steps from Château Frontenac you'll also find excellent galleries for Native art.
Restaurants & Dining
Enjoy a traditional dinner at Aux Anciens Canadiens, the oldest maison in Québec, and sample the gastronomy of Canada's ancestors in dishes such as soupe aux pois or tourtière (pea soup or meat pie). Alternatively, go the other extreme in contemporary dining room of Initiale or book a table at one of the many up-and-coming restaurants in the suddenly hip Nuovo St-Roch neighborhood. The see-and-be-seen supper club phenomena can also be yours on rue Parvis.
Nightlife & Entertainment
No matter the season, it seems there is always a party going on somewhere in Québec City. From the outdoor-activity-filled Winter Carnaval to the endless music and theater offerings, including free shows by Cirque du Soleil, the city's joie de vivre is in the air. While most theater is in French, even non-Francophones can enjoy the artistry of Québécois productions. Nightclubs and bars along La Grand Allée or the decidedly more underground hot spots in Nuovo St-Roch are keys places for nocturnal pursuits.
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|Quebec Air Show||Jun 2013 (annual)||Jean Lesage International Airport|
|Cap-Rouge Discover Art Festival||Jun 2013 (annual)||Cap-Rouge|
|Carrefour International Theatre Festival||May - Jun 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Quebec's National Holiday||Jun 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Canada Day||Jul 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Quebec Grand Rire Festival||Jun - Jul 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Quebec Summer Festival||4 - 14 Jul 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Africa Days Festival||Jul 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|New France Festival||Aug 2013 (annual)||Old Quebec|
|Loto-Québec Firework Competition||Jul - Aug 2013 (annual)||Parc de la Chute-Montmorency|
|Quebec City International Military Band Festival||Aug 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Québec City Marathon||Aug 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Art on the Plains||Aug 2013 (annual)||Plains of Abraham|
|Expo Québec||Aug 2013 (annual)||Pepsi Coliseum|
|Quebec City Pride Festival||Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec||Sep 2013 (annual)||Old Quebec|
|Envol et Macadam Festival||Sep 2013 (annual)||Îlot Fleurie Park|
|Bordeaux Wine Festival||Sep 2013 (annual)||Old Port of Quebec|
|The Image Mill||15 Jun - 15 Sep 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)||Old Port of Quebec|
|Quebec International of Sacred Music||Sep 2013 (annual)||Saint-Roch Church|
|Quebec City Celtic Festival||Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)||Morrin Centre|
|Bell Challenge||Sep 2013 (annual)||Laval University Sport & Physical Education Pavilion (PEPS)|
|Quebec Intercultural Storytelling Festival||Oct 2013 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Toy Parade||Nov 2013 (annual)||Old Quebec|
|FIS Cross Country Skiing World Cup||Dec 2013 (annual)||Old Quebec|
|Québec Winter Carnival||Feb 2014 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Québec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament||Feb 2014 (annual)||Pepsi Coliseum|
|Mois Multi||Jan - Feb 2014 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Quebec City Winter Pentathlon||Feb - Mar 2014 (annual)||Plains of Abraham|
|Red Bull Crashed Ice||Mar 2014 (annual)||Old Quebec|
|Quebec City St Patrick's Day Parade||Mar 2014 (annual)||Quebec City|
|Quebec International Karate Open||Apr 2014 (annual)||Laval University Sport & Physical Education Pavilion (PEPS)|
|Manif d'art - Quebec International Art Biennale||May - Jun 2014 (biennial)||Quebec City|
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