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  • Quebéc, the capital of the Canadian province of the same name,

  • has more than half a million residents.

  • Being so close to the Arctic, it has long, cold winters

  • and is a famous winter sports destination.

  • But during the warmer months the city bursts into action.

  • Quebéc City combines the "couleur locale" of Europe with the familiarity of North America.

  • Its charming cobblestone streets with Parisian-style flair

  • show a love for haute couture and fine cuisine.

  • While discovering Quebéc's highlights you'll be zigzagging between the walled Upper Town

  • and the Lower Town,

  • so jump on the funicular or take the L'Escalier Casse-Cou,

  • the "Breakneck Stairs" which is less scary than it sounds.

  • The Québécois will always remember their history and are fiercely proud of their French roots,

  • just like it says in their motto.

  • French is the official language, croissants are still on the menu and statues of French

  • heroes dot the squares.

  • The heritage-listed city center even has its own mini version of the Notre Dame.

  • The basilica stands at the site where it all began: Place Royale.

  • Samuel de Champlain founded Quebéc here in 1608.

  • Step into the past and come face-to-face with some of Québec's leading artists

  • on your way to the oldest retail district in North America.

  • It's as if these sugar shacks, food stalls and horse-drawn carriages have always been there.

  • Find another fresco just under the Breakneck Stairs.

  • This one depicts the history of the waterfront neighborhood Cap-Blanc.

  • These days the Old Port is a great place to explore on a bicycle.

  • Drop in at the popular Musée de la Civilisation and take a journey through the history of Quebéc,

  • from the First Nations to the modern culture.

  • Continue your time travels and stroll past the fortifications and cannons on the panoramic

  • Dufferin Terrace.

  • You can't miss Château Frontenac, which towers over the broad Saint Lawrence River.

  • The river plays a major part in Quebéc's story:

  • It brought the first settlers, international trade and the soldiers who fought over the Canadian territory.

  • The Plains of Abraham, in Battlefields Park, is where Quebéc was captured by the British in 1759,

  • in the lead up to the end of the French rule in Canada.

  • Nowadays it's a peaceful city park, where you can explore old defense towers,

  • fly a kite, and admire modern art.

  • Pose in front of the Fontaine de Tourny and look up at the Parliament Building, home to

  • Québec's National Assembly.

  • Step through the gates of the nearby British fortress La Citadelle

  • to watch the traditional Changing of the Guard Ceremony in summer.

  • Shop in North America's oldest grocery store to stock up on provisions

  • and head out of the Old Town to experience some of Quebec's family attractions:

  • To the south, the Aquarium introduces visitors to the marine mammals that inhabit the ice-cold

  • waters of the Arctic.

  • Kids can line up to get a kissand they may get an unexpected round of applause!

  • To the north are the Montmorency Falls.

  • Glide past, stand suspended in mid airor climb up to the observation platform to witness

  • the spectacle up close.

  • Afterwards, cross the river to Île d'Orléans, to watch the sun set over the mountains.

  • Quebéc City transforms at dusk, the perfect time to explore Rue St. Paul's delightful sidewalk restaurants.

  • End your night on the "Champs Élysées of Québec": The Grande Allée.

  • A Canadian city with a 400-year-old history and French elegance, Quebéc is truly unique.

  • A destination to always remember: Je me Souviens!

Quebéc, the capital of the Canadian province of the same name,

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    郭懿華 posted on 2017/10/15
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