Quebec City is one of North America’s oldest settlements, and it’s steeped in French Canadian culture. Its Old Town is full of centuries-old houses and churches, making the city look like it grew up on the wrong continent. Visitors might start their time in Quebec by taking the ferry over to Levis for a great view back across the river at the heart of the city. Quebec’s most visited attraction is the Chateau Frontenac, the grand hotel perched on a hill, and its Dufferin Terrace, the 200-year-old wooden promenade surrounding the Chateau which features Russian cannons and the original fortifications of the Upper Town.

Make your way to Place Royale, the small square where Quebec City was founded in 1608, for a lesson on what it means to be “French Canadian.” Explore the quaint district of Petit-Champlain, one of the most picturesque parts of the city. Swarming with colorful townhouses, cobblestone alleys, and cozy bistros, this area is one you won’t want to leave.

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