The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River approximate to Quebec City provided the name, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows". Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America.
The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only remaining fortified city walls in the Americas north of Mexico and were declared a World Heritage Site in 1985. Much of the city's best architecture is located here and the area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants.
The Lower Town is filled with more original architecture and street designs dating back to the city's beginnings and is noted for its wide variety of boutiques many featuring hand-crafted goods.
year, beginning the last weekend of January and continuing for 17 days,
Quebec City is alive with sub-zero merry-making. The world's largest
winter carnival, the Québec Winter Carnival, has been a Quebec
highlight since 1894 giving visitors a truly memorable winter