Quebec city is the capital city of the Canadian province Quebec.
It has a total population of more than 530,000 people. The metropolitan area has a population of more than 800,000 people.
It is the eleventh largest city and the seventh largest metropolitan area in Canada.
Its first name “Kebec” is an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows.” This is because the Saint Lawrence River narrows proximate to the promontory of Quebec and its Cape Diamant.
It is one of he oldest European cities in North America.
The ramparts surrounding old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the America’s north of Mexico.
It is UNESCO’s World Heritage Site since 1985 as the “Historic District of Quebec”
The city’s landmarks include the Chateau Frontenac hotel that dominates the skyline. Also the Citadel of Quebec, an intact fortress that forms the centerpiece of the ramparts surrounding the old city.
The national Assembly of Quebec(provincial legislature) is also one of the landmarks.
8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN QUEBEC CITY.
- Don’t use a car to explore the city during warm months. Instead, use bicycles. The lanes are always open from April to October and you can reach any part of the city by bike.
- Do not go to the old part of the city using a car. Traffic is always heavy and you will also struggle to find a parking zone. Instead, visit the area by foot or bike.
- Don’t forget to leave tips in local restaurants. A tip of 10% of the order is generally enough.
- Do not leave your identity and hotel documents whenever you are going out. Instead, always carry these documents to help you solve any problems like getting lost.
- Do not visit the museums alone. Instead,to avoid high entry costs, the best way is to visit as a group. Tickets are offered at a much lower price than for an individual.
- Don’t comment on the fact that the British Queen is on all of Canadian coins. Instead, just keep quiet and know that Canadians don’t generally express any particular loyalty to British Monarchy.
- Don’t forget to return an apology. Instead, be polite like the Canadians and use polite words such as “I’m sorry”, “pardon me” and “excuse me”
- Don’t get onto public transport when it just stops. Instead, wait until everyone has exited first before boarding.
10 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT QUEBEC CITY
- It is a French speaking Province with 95% of residents using the language.
- The Chateau Frontenac Hotel holds the Guinness World Record for the most photographed hotel in the world.
- Poutine originated in Quebec
- The Quebec Winter Carnival Festival known as “Carnaval” is the largest winter festival in the world.
- The city has close to 30 sets of stairs.
- The first commercial brewery in Canada was started in Quebec city by Jean Talon in 1668.
- There are waterfalls in Quebec City.
- Quebec has their own version of Shepard’s Pie.
- It is the only walled city north of Mexico with 4.6 kilometres of walls.
- On the winter solstice the sun rises at 7:27 AM and sets at 3:59 PM.On the summer solstice the sun rises at 4:51 AM and sets at 8:43 PM.