Many dream of going to France for the architecture, romance, history, food ect. What if I told you that you could go to France in Canada? For those living in North America who cant afford to fly to the other side of the world or just don’t have the time, this is a great way to visit France without actually going because not only can you drive there, but you can go for only a weekend and still make it worthwhile.
Of course, you can spend a week or two here if you wish, which I recommend if you have the time. If you live in Europe or anywhere else it’s still a great destination to see where Canadian and French culture meet
Let me introduce you to Quebec City, the capital of the Quebec Province in Canada! This city has everything you could ever dream of having in France! The architecture, the food, the romance, the history, it’s got it all. First of all, its located in French Canada, so everyone does actually speak French…. but wait there’s more, because they also speak English. That means you don’t have to know French to get around easy, but if you do know French then that’s awesome for you!
Little history lesson time…. Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico, and it sits right on the St Lawrence River. It is one of the oldest European settlements in North America, founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain. It has cobblestone streets and French cuisine.
You can travel to Quebec City any time of year! Winter in Quebec City is like magic because they love celebrate the cold season. They leave the decorative lights, often used solely for Christmas in other places, up until march when the temperatures start to rise. This truly makes it a winter wonderland when you walk down the cobblestone streets and snow is falling, reflecting off the decorative shining lights.
Winter is an important time of year to the citizens of the city, they believe that to enjoy winter you have to be active. So if your looking for exciting things to do, there is plenty in the winter! You can take a ferry across the St Lawrence River, do ice fishing at Village Nordik in the Port of Quebec, visit or learn to ice climb at Montmorency Falls, go dog sledding, visit the Hotel de Glace (ice hotel), attend Winter Carnival, and much more.
While I have not been to Quebec City in the summer yet, I have heard it is just as amazing. I do plan to go, I fell so in love with the city I wish I could move there. I hope you travel to this beautiful city and experience the pure European vibe. I guarantee you will love it!