Quebec City offers an experience unlike any other in North America. Quebec City’s Old Town itself is a work of art, with its cobblestone walkways, well-preserved 17th-century architecture, cafe culture, and the only North American fortress walls that still exist north of Mexico. For all these reasons it has been awarded status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. French is still the prevalent language spoken in Quebec, which adds allure to this already appealing town. But you don’t need to rush to learn French before your visit. Staff members at many restaurants, hotels, and shops also speak English.
Quebec is situated at the most narrow point of the St. Lawrence River, and much of the Old Town sits high above the water, capped by the famous Chateau Frontenac. This dramatic location was well-suited for the city’s early role as a military fortification, many aspects of which can still be seen today.
Quebec is a jovial city and manageable in size, especially, if like many tourists, you stick to the Old Town, though there is plenty more to see. And the fun continues year-round by way of festivals like Winter Carnival, Summer Festival, and New France Festival.