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Quebec City Canada Tourism Information

Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec. Resembling French towns, the old city has slate-roofed houses and a romantic feel.  The St. Lawrence River runs through Quebec, and the colonial city was built right next to it. With a rich history, a deep culture and a commitment to making Quebec City a great place to visit, the town offers a lot to take in. 

Quebec City Info:

  • Land Area: 88.86 square km
  • Elevation:  575 feet
  • Number of parks:  9 major, many smaller throughout the city
  • Number of radio stations:  23 FM/2 AM
  • Number of television stations:  7
  • Number of newspapers:  3 major (Le Journal de Quebec, Le Soleil de Quebec, Voir)
  • Transportation:   Jean Lesage International Airport, St. Lawrence port, Gare du Palais train station and the Gare d'Autobus de la Vielle Capitale bus station. 

Quebec City Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature:  25 degrees C
  • Average annual rainfall:  34 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Quebec City (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA — 1,130
  • Boston, MA — 307
  • Chicago, IL —  879
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX — 1,655
  • Houston, TX — 1,748
  • Las Vegas, NV — 2,357
  • Los Angeles, CA — 2,584
  • Memphis, TN — 1,262
  • Miami, FL — 1,536
  • Nashville, TN — 1,087
  • New Orleans, LA — 1,541
  • New York, NY — 440
  • Orlando, FL — 1,368
  • Philadelphia, PA — 515
  • Phoenix, AZ — 2,314
  • Rapid City, SD — 1,552
  • Salt Lake City, UT — ,2048
  • San Antonio, TX — 2,011
  • San Diego, CA — 2,585
  • San Jose, CA — 2,632
  • Washington, DC — 619

Quebec City Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • Centre Hospitalier Hotel-Dieu de Quebec (418-691-5151)
  • Jeffrey Hale Hospital (418-683-4471)
  • Hopital du Saint-Sacrement (418-682-7511)

Quebec City Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Winter Carnival
  • Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebration
  • Montmorency Falls
  • Festival D'Ete
  • Canada Day
  • Loto-Quebec International Fireworks  Competition
  • Le Festival des Journees d'Afrique
  • Expo Quebec
  • International Festival of Military Bands
  • Choco Musee
  • The Canada Odyssey
  • Quebec Unique Funicular
  • Carnival Parade
  • Fetes de la Nouvelle France
  • Terrasse Dufferin
  • World Police and Fire Games
  • Woodstock in Beauce
  • Les Grands Feux Loto-Quebec
  • Envol etc Macadam
  • Quebec City Festival of Sacred Music
  • Coup de Cour Francophone

Quebec City Major Shopping Areas:

  • The Old Port District
  • Place Quebec
  • Centre Factory Outlet, Promenades Ste-Anne
  • Place de la Cite
  • Place Laurier
  • Quartier Petit Champlain
  • Place Ste-Foy
  • Les Promenades du Vieux-Quebec
  • Rue St-Jean

Quebec City Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown
  • Old Quebec
  • Lower Town
  • St-Jean-Baptiste
  • Ste-Foy/Sillery
  • All over Quebec there are restaurants that offer a great variety of fare, from African & Italian to Central European.  There is casual dining as well as upscale dining, and several restaurants that serve traditional regional cuisine.

Quebec City Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Chateau Frontenac Hotel
  • Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral
  • The Plains of Abraham
  • Citadelle of Quebec
  • Bascilica of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupre
  • The Fortifications of Quebec City
  • The Artillery Park
  • Place Royal

Quebec City Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Glen Ford - actor
  • Celine Dion - singer
  • Annette du Maurier - businesswoman

Notable Moments in Quebec City History:

  • 1608- Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City.
  • 1629- Quebec City was captured by the British
  • 1632- French regained control of Quebec City
  • 1701- The French and 39 Indian tribes sign the Great Peace of Montreal.
  • 1793- The first session of Parliament began
  • 1859- Quebec City became the capital of Canada (until 1865).
  • 1939- Canada's participation in WWII began.
  • 1943- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King met in Quebec City for a WWII Conference.
  • 1968- The Universite du Quebec network was created.
  • 2001- Quebec City hosted the Summit of the Americas to discuss the Free Trade Area of the Americas.
  • 2002- Quebec City merged with 12 other municipalities to form the Urban Community of Quebec.

Interesting Facts about Quebec City:

  • Quebec City's motto is, "I shall put God's gift to good use."
  • 95% of Quebec City residents speak French.
  • Nearly 4 million people visit Quebec City each year.

Quebec City Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 507,986
  • White — 97.3%
  • Native American — 0%
  • Black — 1.1%
  • Asian — 1.5%
  • Population 18 and under — 16%
  • 65 and over — 13%
  • Median age —  44  years
  • Average household size — 2.33
  • Median family income -- $54,312

Quebec City Colleges and Universities:

  • Laval University
  • Universite du Quebec
  • Quebec City Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

Information Technology

  • Tourism
  • Aerospace
  • Timber
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Metallurgy
  • Hydropower
  • Laval University
  • Industrial Alliance
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