Surrounded by the Laurentians, Quebec City is the second largest city in Quebec after Montreal. The city takes its name from the narrowing of the St. Lawrence River to the promontory of the city, Cap-Diamant, and Lévis, on the opposite bank: Kébec is, in fact, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”. The atmosphere of Quebec City is almost magical: founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The Old Walls of Quebec (Old Quebec) are the only fortified walled walls remaining in the Americas (except for Mexico). Old Quebec was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Among the city’s landmarks is Château Frontenac, the hotel overlooking the St Lawrence river. La Citadelle, an intact fortress that is the centerpiece of the ramparts around the old town, is another well known features of Quebec City.
For us, Quebec City was love at first sight!
Old Quebec is the historic district of Quebec. Comprising the Upper Town and Lower Town, the citadel of Old Quebec is surrounded by walls with stairs, towers and observation points over the St. Lawrence River. The atmosphere of Old Quebec is fairytale-like: alleyways winding up the hills, colourful shops, old-fashioned restaurants, the smell of chocolate and sweet pastries… How not to love it?
Generally recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world, Frontenac Castle was designed by American architect Bruce Price. It was built for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Château Frontenac takes its name from Louis de Buade, Earl of Frontenac, governor of the colony of New France. Here was held the 1943 Quebec Conference, at which Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Lyon Mackenzie King discussed the strategy for the Second World War. History aside, the Chateau Frontenac is simply wonderful and majestic. Dufferin Terrace, just outside the castle, offers a spectacular view of the river. There is also a funicular that links the castle to the Lower Town. At sunset, the city is tinged with the delicate colours of the sky, the lights of restaurants and terraces surrounding the castle.