Quebec City is the second oldest European settlement in Canada, and is the capital of the province of Québec. This historic city is divided into two districts, Upper Town and Lower Town; the two districts are linked by streets, numerous outdoor staircases (like the '' Casse-cou '' - ''Neck Breaker'' staircase), and one remaining cable car, a '' funiculaire'' comparable to Montmartre's in Paris. Upper Town includes the old quarter, or Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec), a walled city with narrow streets and very well preserved 17th and 18th century buildings. The last fortified city in North America and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vieux-Québec is steeped in history and gives the city of Québec a distinctly European feel.

The surrounding city is also home to numerous museums, marketsmodern malls, business complexes, cafés, bars, micro-breweries and pubs. The people of Québec City strongly identify with their roots, and the vast majority of residents speak French as a mother tongue, although many can also speak English, particularly in more touristy areas such as Vieux-Québec. French is the official language of the province.

As with much of Canada, the winters can be very cold, so much of the tourism in Québec City is more directed toward summer activities, such as the Festival d'été , an international Summer Festival held every July. However, Québec City is home to Le Carnaval de Québec (Québec Winter Carnival), a vibrant festival featuring parades, a grand ice palace that lights up at night, snow sculpture contests and a winter wonderland of games and activities for the whole family held on the Plains of Abraham.

The city has enough to offer to make it one's main holiday destination. You may also make your visit the first step in exploring a portion of the majestic St-Laurent River, over 1 200 km long (750 mi), the 2nd longest river in North America. The  St Laurent River, grand river and estuary, together with the Great Lakes, forms a hydrographic system that penetrates 3790 km (2 370 mi) into N America.