Located on the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is a living museum with the famous Canadian wilderness on its doorstep. Wander historic quarters bustling with Old European charms one day and the next day hike through forests to thunderous waterfalls and golden lakeside beaches or cruise down winter ski trails. Luxury Quebec City holidays offer outdoor adventures and cosmopolitan comforts.
Quebec City is a special place where old and new come together with a unique blend of North American and European cultures. This magical fusion is most evident in Old Quebec, the city's historic section. Take a stroll here and wander cobblestone streets below the stunning Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, one of the world's most photographed hotels. Here, impressive stone buildings line the streets and there are many iconic landmarks like the star-shaped Citadelle of Quebec as well as renowned museums.
Head west to Montcalm – Quebec’s art district, where you can enjoy the splendid Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec which celebrates the work of past and present local artists. Walk along Avenue Cartier for a spot of shopping at local boutiques or head to the trendy Saint-Roch district, northwest of Old Quebec, for designer stores. You’ll also find many upmarket restaurants, bars and cafes here.
For a taste of the rural life, take a trip to the Île d'Orléans, 3 miles east of downtown Quebec, where you’ll discover rolling green pastures and quaint villages. Then travel one hour north into the wilds of nature at Jacques-Cartier National Park, where you'll find sandy lakeside beaches, glacial valleys and vast forests.
Quebec City is a year-round destination with each season creating a different atmosphere. Come winter temperatures drop to -7 degrees Celsius and snowfall transforms the city into a wonderland with many ice skating and skiing opportunities. You can still ski early springtime, but as the days pass by the snows begin to melt and wildflowers bloom.
In the summer, temperatures hover around 25 degrees Celsius, ideal for hiking or relaxing on the beach. Autumn brings colder weather and vivid colours to the dramatic landscape creating magical countryside walks.
Expect exceptional fine dining at your luxury hotel in Quebec City. Begin your morning with a buffet breakfast and sample an exquisite afternoon tea with gourmet open sandwiches, scones served with Devonshire cream and cakes baked by pastry chefs. In the evening, try a five-course menu paired with international and local wines.
Enjoy locally caught seafood, like scallops or Atlantic cod, and prime tender cut meats. You'll get to try Italian specialities like ravioli and gnocchi as well as gourmet versions of poutine with braised venison and beer sauce.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you. British citizens don't need a visa to visit Canada but do need an Electronic Travel Authorisation. Visit GOV.UK for more advice.