One of the oldest cities in North America, Québec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Québec. The name of the city, and by extension the province, comes from an Algonquin word, Kébec, which means “where the river narrows.” Québec is found at the junction of the Saint Lawrence and Saint-Charles rivers; which is also why it is considered a major Canadian port.
Québec City is the second-largest city in the province. Montreal is the largest, and is located about 150 miles southwest of the provincial capital.
Québec City’s population comprises almost half a million residents, while the metropolitan area is home to well over seven hundred thousand. Almost 95 per cent of these residents are French-speaking, with Anglophones making up only one and a half per cent of the population. Also, more than ninety per cent of citizens practice the Roman Catholic faith. This overwhelming majority accounts for the large number of beautifully designed churches in the region.
Weather in Québec brings hot and humid summers, contrasted by snowy and cold winters. In fact, it is one of the snowiest cities in Canada, which is one of the reasons the Québec Winter Carnival was created. There are four quite distinct seasons in and around the city, with autumn showcasing spectacularly-colored foliage.
Celebrated in 2008, the 400th anniversary of Québec City brought an influx of tourists to the region, with tributes, celebrations and special events taking place throughout the area.
Tourism is an important industry in this area. The historic city center of Québec is a major tourist spot, and in 1985 was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With its role as historic heart of the province, as well as stunning scenery and European flair, Québec City is a location not to be overlooked.