Québec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Québec province. Dating to 1608, it has a fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with stone buildings and narrow streets. This area is the site of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel and imposing Citadelle of Québec. The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.
Québec City’s famous winter events include Carnaval de Québec, with snow sculptures, sleigh rides and ice skating. Every new year brings the return of the iconic Hôtel de Glace, a temporary venue made entirely of ice and snow, with themed suites, a bar and a chapel. Among the city’s cultural institutions is the Musée de la civilisation, a modern, interactive museum focused on culture and society. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has a collection of fine art. The city’s historic harbor district, Vieux-Port, is known for its vibrant nightlife.