Quebec City, with its colorful fusion of European history and modern Canadian character, is one of North America's most appealing and unique destinations and makes for the perfect weekend getaway with a plethora of things to see and do. Boasting of four centuries of French heritage and an irresistible walled city charm that makes you feel like you're walking down the streets of a quaint European village, scenic Quebec City offers plenty of variety in its compact size that can explor over the weekend.
Divided into Upper and Lower Towns, the heart of this city is the Vieux-Quebec or the Old Town. A world UNESCO Heritage Site, the charming Old Town is one of the most photogenic cities in the world with meandering cobblestoned streets that intertwine with one another to flaunt an aesthetically pleasing display of European architecture. Brightly colored flower beds and flourishing vines festoon the streets that are full of old-word charm and the sights will transport you to a little sunny village in the south of France. The Old Town is bustling with a horde of street performers, artists and musicians in the summer while the cozy and quaint terraced cafes and outdoor rinks beckon visitors with gastronomical delights.
From exploring the exquisite and iconic landmarks like the stunning Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac or the beautiful Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec to reveling in the pristine perfection of the Battlefields Park – a vast expanse of open fields and forest threaded with walking, cycling and cross-country ski trails overlooking the St Lawrence River, Quebec City has something to offer for everyone.
Wandering through these nooks and crannies of Quebec City will unravel a host of attractions and activities – from sampling mouthwatering desserts and lattes from a French patisserie and shopping at one of the slew of artsy boutiques to exploring the Musée de la Civilization Museum or just kicking back and basking in the sunshine at the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain – you'll be spoiled for choice.
Although upon arrival, you may consider Quebec City to be rather small in size but you'll soon find that 'getting lost' in the winding, colorful streets hugely appealing. With its 400 years of European flair, Quebec City offers an experience that is memorable and matchless.
The best option is to rent a car to travel around and explore the beauty of Quebec City at your own pace.