For those travelers in search of a little France atmosphere in North America, book flights to Quebec City and vacation in the conservative, yet cultured capital city of Quebec. Quebec City was the first noteworthy settlement in Canada and is larger in size than the country’s neighboring Alaska.
Quebec City is located above the St. Lawrence River and the décor and design of the city even looks French. Travelers booking flights to Quebec City will find the province to be almost entirely French in spirit, culture and language. In fact, about 95 percent of its residents speak French.
Quebec City is a walled city and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 – the only area in North America to receive the title.
Summer temperatures range between 50 and 86 degrees (Fahrenheit), while winter temperatures plummet to between 23 degrees (Fahrenheit) to below freezing at -13 degrees (Fahrenheit). Quebec City and its people make the most of the winter weather by whooping it up with Winter Carnival — lots of skiing, an Ice Hotel and toboggan rides past the swankiest hotel in town.
Late June to September is when the principal summer festivals are on: the Summer Festival (July 8-18), the International Firework Festival (July 24-August 11); and the New France Celebrations (August 4-8). Another good tip for American tourists is to visit when there is a holiday weekend south of the border – Memorial Day or Thanksgiving for example – it’s business as usual in Canada.
November to April, unless you are a skier (see below for details on the four resorts close to the city) or wish to enjoy the Winter Carnival.
To best see Quebec, you’ll want to walk or take a bike tour through one of the city’s historic sections. In the summer you can explore the Route Verte, a network of cycling trails connecting 16 regions and 320 municipalities. Public buses run by Réseau de transport de la Capitale operate between 6am and 1am. On the weekend you can catch a night bus. To get from Basse-Ville to the upper part of Old Quebec, take the funicular.