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Quebec Introduction


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Quebec City looks, at first glance, much like one of France's Atlantic coastal cities. A UNESCO-designated World Heritage site, Quebec City has gabled buildings dating from the 1600s and narrow, winding streets made of cobblestones. You can amble through airy plazas—past fountains and statues—as you make your way to Terrasse Dufferin, a wide promenade straddling the clifftop with fantastic views of the St. Lawrence River below. Presiding over it all is the Chateau Frontenac, a grand hotel reminiscent of a French castle.  Click here to see the full Quebec travel guide on Travel42 »

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Quebec Geography


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Quebec City is divided into old and new sections. Most of Vieux Quebec (Old Quebec) sits at the top of the cliff in an area that is called Haute Ville (Upper Town). The other part of the old city is crammed between the base of the cliff and the river—it's known as Basse Ville (Lower Town). It has some memorable old structures, as well as shops and restaurants. Quartier Petit Champlain is just below the Chateau Frontenac. Vieux Port (Old Port) lies just north of this district. Most of the city's interesting sites are situated in the upper and lower parts of Vieux Quebec.   Click here to see the full Quebec travel guide on Travel42 »

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Quebec History


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The Iroquois are thought to have been the first people to paddle through the area. The First Nations called the place Kebec, which in Algonquin means "place where the river narrows." (Quebec City is located on the north shore at the narrowest point of the St. Lawrence River.) Although historians are unsure of the precise location, they know that the Iroquois established a village named Stadacona within what is now Quebec City. French explorer Jacques Cartier landed there in 1535, and in 1608 Samuel de Champlain founded a fur-trading post there.   Click here to see the full Quebec travel guide on Travel42 »

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Quebec Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Explore Quebec City by starting in the upper portion of Vieux Quebec, where the fortification wall still surrounds the old city. The best way to get your bearings is to take a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) tour. It's pricey (Can$90 for a 45-minute tour), but the drivers are interesting and knowledgeable. Afterward, stop by the visitors center on Rue Ste. Anne, grab a walking-tour map and hit the cobblestones. Take your time, because there's plenty to see and do along the worn streets.  Click here to see the full Quebec travel guide on Travel42 »

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Quebec Nightlife


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Quebec City can't compete with Montreal's exuberant nightlife, but it manages to hold its own. There are casual bars and cafes throughout Vieux Quebec, where you'll find locals out strolling and holding hands or engaged in lively exchanges. Street musicians, singers and acrobats also wander through the streets of the old town, providing plenty of sidewalk entertainment.   Click here to see the full Quebec travel guide on Travel42 »

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Quebec Restaurants & Dining


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Baked beans, poutine, pea soup, meat pies and maple syrup: These are some of the staples of traditional Quebec cookery. You'll also find some of the most sophisticated cuisine on the continent in Quebec City—prepare to eat well and often.  Click here to see the full Quebec travel guide on Travel42 »

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