With winter a memory of what is gone, and summer now claiming the land, it is the best time to visit this 'old world' Colonial City which was founded by the French in the 17th century. Quebec City, in Canada, is the only North American city to still have ramparts, bastions, gates and defensive works surrounding the old city, and where French is still spoken by a large part of the population.
A divided city, lying along the banks of the St Lawrence River, it has an Upper Town which was built on the cliffs and is the religious and administrative center with churches, convents and monuments. The Lower Town, which can be reached by a funicular, has boutiques, cafes, ancient districts, churches, ramparts, a citadel and horse-drawn carriage rides.
The city is known for it's summer events one of the largest and best begins this July 3rd and goes untill the 13th - Le Festival d'ete de Quebec, will feature over 300 concerts on 10 stages and include Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, The Killers, and Snoopy Dogg. Tickets, which are transferable, cost $78 each and kids under 11 attend for free. Hotel packages are being offered in connection with this festival.
For those who would like to experience more of the culture of Quebec, just 15 kilometers from the city is the historical borough of 'Ile de Orleans" which was the birthplace of New France in North America and where you can spend a day exploring this enchanting island.
Another nearby place of interest is Montmorency Falls about 12 kilometers from old Quebec City. These falls are said to be about one and a half times higher than Niagra Falls. Visitors can view from many advantageous places - by cable car, from the many lookout points, or climbing the stairs that go up the side of the promontory. At the top of the cliff is the elegant Manoir Montmorency, with a fine dining restaurant, a cafe bistro, a gift shop and visitors center.
It is Old Quebec- Vieux Quebec, however, that fascinates the visitor with it's narrow cobblestone streets, 17 and 18 century houses, a park with a battery of 18 century canons, and many historical places. Old Quebec is a walkable city and visitors can easily visit the shops along Rue Ste Jean, wander through the 'Plains of Abraham', climb to the top of the Citadel, and follow the river boardwalk to the Victorian waterfront. From here in the Upper Town visitors get a dramatic view of the St Lawrence River, the 3-mile wall that divides the city at the two main thoroughfares - St Jean and St Louise, and walk along Terrasse Dufferin in front of the famous Chateau Frontenac.