The Ancient Charm of Quebec City
Only three hours by northeast by train from Montreal, Quebec City feels centuries away. Crowned by the steep copper-green roofs and soaring spires, turrets, and towers of the fanciful Chateau Frontenac, Quebec is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. It’s easy to see why the 17th century settlers chose this stunning site for their first home in the New World. Built into a 350-foot-high cliff, the city sits in a strategic spot at the narrowing of the mighty Saint Lawrence River. The first settlement, the Lower Town hugs the river and the upper town occupies a more defensible position atop Cape Diamond. The Citadel and walls, built to protect the city, are the largest standing fortifications in North America, earning Quebec a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
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