11 Interesting and Fun Facts about Quebec City

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If you are not sure whether Quebec City is for you, we invite you to take a moment to look at a few Interesting and Fun Facts about Quebec City:
  • Quebec City sprang up along the left bank of the Saint Lawrence River, just where it narrows to meet the Saint Charles River. Its name is derived from the Algonquin word Kebec, meaning “where the river narrows”
  • The old town, “Vieux-Quebec” has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is divided into an Upper and Lower town, linked by 30 sets of stairs, and includes at least 1,400 historic buildings – a treasure trove for history and architecture enthusiasts
There are many well-preserved 17th and 18th-century structures in Quebec City
  • You can have dinner in the oldest house in Quebec, dating back to 1675. The historic Maison Jacquet is now known as Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens

Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens
  • Established over 400 years ago in 1608, Quebec is the oldest French-speaking community in North America; original French customs and language have been carefully preserved and most residents are fluent in both French and English
The annual New Frace festival recreates life during the French colonial period of the 17th-18th centuries
  • Quebec is home to the oldest stone-built church in North America, the beautiful Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
Old Quebec tour
  • Quebec is home to the oldest stone-built church in North America, the beautiful Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
Quebec City defensive walls and its gate
  • Towering splendidly over the city, the Chateau Frontenac is widely claimed to be the most-photographed hotel in the world
Chateau Frontenac
  • You can find (and spend hours browsing) the oldest grocery store in North America at the gate to the Old Town. J.A. Moisan Epicier dates back to 1871 and is believed to have been established by Irish immigrants
  • At 83 meters high, the Montmorency Falls are 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls, and are located just 15min from Quebec City center. Here you can testZ your courage on a zip-line adventure or suspension-bridge walk
Montmorency Falls
  • Quebec City is also home to Petit-Champlain, which is one of the oldest shopping streets in North America. It is located close to the river banks in Quebec’s Lower Old Town
  • Hotel de Glace – the only ice hotel in North America – will transport you the icy landscapes of Norway, Finland and Sweden
Hotel de Glace
Credit: HoneyTrek via Youtube
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