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Quebec City Tourist Guide

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Quebec City, also known as la ville de Québec (pronounced ké-BEK), is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec.

Founded in 1608, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. Finding Quebec City on a map is easy; it derives its name from the Algonquin word Kébec, meaning "where the river narrows", so look for where the Saint Lawrence River (le fleuve Saint-Laurent) begins to narrow on its way to the Great Lakes. The city of Lévis is across the river from Quebec City.

Quebec City draws tourists for a plethora of reasons. It is the only city in the Americas north of Mexico to still have fortified city walls, for which it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is internationally known for its Summer Festival (Festival d'été de Québec) and Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Québec). Within the city, one can visit the historic Château Frontenac, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Musée de la civilisation, among hundreds of other attractions. A short trip from the city are Montmorency Falls (la chute Montmorency) and the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

Celebrations abound here regardless of the season, which makes Quebec City a year-round international attraction. Predominantly French-speaking, the city offers a wonderfully unique culture. With its close proximity to the northeastern United States, Quebec City is a destination not to pass up!

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