Quebec City is the capital city of the Canadian province of Quebec and is the eleventh largest city and the seventh-largest cosmopolitan area in Canada.
The Algonquian people had initially called the area Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”, because the Saint Lawrence River narrows proximate to the promontory of Quebec and its Cape Diamant. Explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a French settlement here in 1608 and embraced the Algonquin name. Quebec City is among the oldest European cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only prepared city walls staying in the Americas north of Mexico. This location was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the “Historic District of Old Québec”.
The city’s landmarks consist of the Château Frontenac hotel that dominates the horizon and the Citadelle of Quebec, an undamaged fortress that forms the focal point of the ramparts surrounding the old city and consists of a secondary royal home. The National Assembly of Quebec (provincial legislature), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec), and the Musée de la civilization (Museum of Civilization) are discovered within or near Vieux-Québec.
Quebec City is understood for its Winter Carnival, its summer season music celebration, and its Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day events. While it highlighted Quebec’s native animals, one of its primary tourist attractions was the Indo-Australian greenhouse, featuring fauna and plants from areas surrounding the Indian Ocean.
Parc Aquarium du Québec, which reopened in 2002 on a website neglecting the Saint Lawrence River, includes more than 10,000 specimens of mammals, reptiles, fish and other water animals of North America and the Arctic. Polar bears and various types of seals of the Arctic sector and the “Large Ocean”, a big basin offering visitors a view from beneath, make up part of the aquarium’s piece de resistance. Québec City has a variety of historical websites, art galleries, and museums, including Citadelle of Quebec, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Ursulines of Quebec, and Musée de la Civilisation.
Other traveler attractions include Montmorency Falls, and, simply outside the city limits, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski resort, and the Ice Hotel.
Two bridges (the Quebec Bridge and Pierre Laporte Bridge) and a ferry service link the city with Lévis and its residential areas along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River. The Orleans Island Bridge links Quebec City with pastoral Orleans Island.
Quebec City is one of the oldest European cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only prepared city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico. Québec City has a number of historical websites, art galleries, and museums, consisting of Citadelle of Quebec, Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Ursulines of Quebec, and Musée de la Civilisation.
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