Québec City

It takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours east by VIA train or 3 hours by bus to go to Québec City. There are many buses every day.

Québec City is the capital of the province of Québec. The city celebrated its 400th birthday in 2008. It is very beautiful, historical and interesting. There are many nice restaurants and shops. It is nice to walk around and take pictures. It is usually cooler and windier in Québec than in Montreal. To plan your trip check the Québec City Tourist Website.

You can walk around the OldTown which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of the oldest cities in North America. There are many old buildings and churches. It is very beautiful. You can see the old walls and cannons (guns) defending the city.

There is the famous Fairmont Château Frontenac hotel to look at. It looks like a big castle and it is one of the original Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) hotels that were built in cities across Canada. The lobby is very beautiful.

The Citadelle is a military fort and the original home of the Royal 22nd Regiment and the summer home of the Governor General of Canada. You can take a tour with a group if you make a reservation.

There is also the Plains of Abraham park, which is where there was a famous battle between the French and English armies in 1759. England won, and France lost Québec.

There is the Québec National Assembly, which is where the government of Québec meets. Tours are free.

Every year in February, there is the famous Winter Carnaval. With the snowman Bonhomme, the night parade, the ice sculptures, the ice hotel, and the crazy boat races on the icy river, the Carnaval is a special celebration of winter and Québec culture.

Québec City has much more to see and do. Check the Québec City Tourist Website for more information.

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