Quebec City

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With all the centuries-old landmarks and stunningly preserved architecture (the city celebrated its 400th birthday in 2008), Quebec City is a history lesson come to life. Filled with forts, cathedrals, and European-style squares, it ignites the imagination of young and old alike. Take a sightseeing tour back in time or just take in the tree-lined parks and quaint cobbled roads on a casual stroll about town.

Things to do in Quebec City

La Citadelle

Weather permitting, catch the changing of the guard at the largest fortified military base on the continent. Looks like Britain, sounds like France.

1 Côte de la Citadelle, QC, 418-694-2815, www.lacitadelle.qc.ca
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Musée de la Civilisation

This Moshe Safdie-designed museum hosts two captivating permanent exhibits about Quebec in addition to traveling exhibitions.

85 Rue Dalhousie, QC, 418-643-2158, www.mcq.org
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Place-Royale

This square is the site of the first permanent French settlement and the heart of Basse-Ville. Kids get a kick out of the Centre d’Interprétation, where they can brush up on history (boo!) and try on period costumes (yay!).

27 Rue Notre-Dame, QC, 418-646-3167, www.mcq.org/fr/cipr
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Plains of Abraham

The British defeated French troops here some 250 years ago. Today it’s a vast tree-filled park where open-air concerts are held in the warmer months.

835 Wilfrid-Laurier Ave., QC, 418-648-4071, www.ccbn-nbc.gc.ca
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River Cruise

Sail around the city, past l’Ile d’Orleans and the Montmorency Falls, on this guided tour. Bilingual guides outline the history of the Old Town, city fortifications, and majestic Château Frontenac.

124 Saint-Pierre St., QC, 418-692-2634, www.croisieresaml.com
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Terrace Dufferin

Stroll this enchanting promenade overlooking the Saint-Lawrence River the way madames and monsieurs have done for more than 100 years.

behind Chateau Frontenac, QC,
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