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Québec City is a truly beautiful city on the banks of the St Lawrence and possesses a lovely old French style. Its old town is the only walled city in North America and the cobblestone streets of Le Petit Champlain with its little boutiques, where you can browse or simply stop at a pavement cafe, is a must-see.
Old Québec (Vieux-Québec): The first thing most visitors head for when they visit Québec City is the Old Town's Haute Ville (Upper Town), where the towering Chateau Frontenac is located. The oldest part of Old Québec, Lower Town, is clustered on the narrow streets between the ramparts of Haute Ville and the Old Port, linked to the Upper Town by the funicular and the steep Cote de la Montagne. At its centre, Place Royale has been faithfully restored to its former glory, and the Centre d'interpretation de Place Royale displays period artefacts and has panels that illustrate the area's history. The historic Maison Chevalier recreates domestic scenes in the 17th century. Between the two, the Quartier Petit Champlain is a dynamic and busy area of shops and restaurants along a romantic cobblestone street.
Chateau Frontenac: Québec City's icon that sits between Place d'Armes (a central square with narrow lanes leading off it filled with street artists and an artist's market) and the Terrasse Dufferin (a wide wooden boardwalk offering a terrific view of Lévis, on the opposite shore). Stay the night if you can and pop in for a martini if you can't.
Québec Province: Venturing beyond the cities is sure to reward in this delightful region. The Charlevoix area and Sacacomie are famed for their glorious lakes and forest scenery and are the ideal spots to wind down and get away from it all after hectic sightseeing. For those who like to keep on the move, activities such as hiking, canoeing and snow-mobiling (winter only) are also available.