The only fortified city north of Mexico, Quebec City has a rich 400-year heritage and is a designated UNESCO world heritage treasure. With European charm and architectural flair, Quebec City boasts quaint streets, festivals year-round, pristine parks, public markets and a truly unique French-Canadian culture.
The old city of Quebec is divided into two parts, Upper and Lower Town. The iconic 18th century Fairmont Le Château Frontenac dominates the city skyline and is a popular luxury hotel, offering spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and old Quebec City architecture. Also prominent in Quebec City’s landscape is the Citadel, the largest British fortress built in North America. With its unique location atop the hill, the Citadel is an active military garrison with over 300 years of military history in the city, spanning the French, British and Canadian periods.
The wildly popular Québec Winter Carnival runs from late January to mid February and is famous for its ice sculptures, parades and outdoor sporting events. The carnival draws many of the city’s 517,000 residents to partake in the festivities, while attracting thousands of other participants and observers.
In addition to frequenting the city’s busy cafes and patios in the summer months, many residents enjoy riding bicycles along the city’s 400 kilometres of bike paths and additional 300 kilometres of biking trails. Other popular summer activities include lounging on the sandy shores of Baie de Beauport, a public beach just 5 minutes from downtown Quebec.
The St. Lawrence River, which is one of the longest rivers in the world, has served as a gateway for Quebec City residents since Jacques Cartier discovered it in the 16th century. The bustling Port of Quebec is the oldest port in Canada that continues to boast a promising future in supporting the region’s economic activities. In 2007, for the fifth consecutive year, The Port of Quebec broke a record number for volumes handled, handling close to 27 million tonnes of cargo and receiving over 100,000 passengers and crew members.
Whether you’re looking for a luxury 19th century revitalized estate, or a modern condo with views of the St. Lawrence River, our Quebec City real estate professionals can help you find your place among this city’s rich culture.