Established by the French settler Samuel de Champlain before the British landed on these shores, Quebec City - initially known as New France - is one of North America's oldest cities. Montreal may be bigger, but the elegant French flavour is just as strong here, with street-side cafes spilling out, and characterful cobbled neighbourhoods to explore.
Towering over the banks of the Saint-Lawrence River, Quebec City relishes in details and eccentricities, and has reams of rich history and beautiful architecture - like the famous Château Frontenac. This chandelier-clad castle watches over the city and is said to be the world’s most photographed hotel. The wooden boardwalk of the canon-lined Dufferin Terrace offers stunning views of the city from its elevated standpoint. The French storybook feel has been delightfully protected and preserved in Quebec City's storied old quarter, and a funicular links the upper and lower towns of this historic core. The 400-year-old, fortified city is unique to North America and a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mind your step as you wander through uneven cobbled streets to Place Royale - the charming spot where the city was founded - and between the bistros, boulevards and boutiques of the dainty Quartier Petit Champlain area.
There’s a wide variety of delicious international food to try and, of course – greasy helpings of poutine. Taste local cheeses, at the Marché du Vieux-Port indoor market, where you’ll sink your teeth into buttery cakes, pastries and encounter Canada’s fabled tree sap, maple syrup - revered like wine in these parts.