Quebec City was part of a French colony for over 200 years before it fell into English hands. It is the only Canadian province where French is the only official language, although more than 40% of the people in Quebec Province are bilingual. The Port of Quebec contains more attractions and activities than could possibly be described here. Old Quebec City alone offers the Place Royale, the Chateau Frontenac, the Musee de la Civilisation, and the Petit Champlain district as well as numberless antique shops, sidewalk cafes, art galleries, and sidewalk artists. The Port of Quebec is a clean, safe city where visitors can enjoy their trip in comfort and security. For details on the many vacation opportunities in the Port of Quebec, please visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Quebec has a humid continental climate with warm humid summers, snowy cold winters, and frequent rain. One of Canada's snowiest cities, the annual Quebec Winter Carnival each January offers a wide range of events and activities that take advantage of the snow. Autumn showers the region with a wonderful shows of colorful foliage, even though both autumn and spring are relatively short seasons. Temperatures range from an average high of 25 °C (77 °F) in July to an average low of -17.6 °C (0 °F) in January.
Visitors to the Port of Quebec will want to see the Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada on the northern shore of the Saint Charles River where Jacques Cartier spent his first winter in the area in 1535 and the Jesuits missionaries to Quebec established their first residence in 1625. The Interpretation Centre contains exhibits telling the historic story of the area, including a wonderful scale model of a 16th Century sailing ship. The Cartier-Brebeuf site focuses on the heritages of the European and Amerindian cultures that lived there and on the three voyages Jacques Cartier made to the infant city. Guided tours are available. One tour relives Cartier's second voyage and the mission's birth. Visitors can also take a ride on the little ship, The Mosquito, as it travels Amerindian territory.
The wonderful Ecole de cirque de Quebec specializes in circus arts through workshops for children and tourists who want to know what it is like to be a circus performer. The non-profit charity group that offers recreational activities and training programs at ultra-safe facilities with training professionals who are experienced with circus and performance arts and sports. This Port of Quebec adventure is the perfect place where children and adults can learn new skills that build concentration, strength, spatial awareness, flexibility, memory, coordination, discipline, and creativity. Weekend and night classes are available, and courses include conditioning, gymnastics, juggling, trampoline, trapeze, tightrope, balance beam, unicycle, stilts, and pyramids. Other courses focus on clown arts, dance, and theater.
The Le Chemin du Roy near the Port of Quebec is a maple grove near the Saint Lawrence River and places of rich history. Visitors can enjoy a traditional sugar camp meal or other authentic country cooking menus while listening to traditional folk music. They can also tour the maple grove and buy home-made maple products. Le Chemin du Roy is open all year, and it offers cross-country skiing and hiking trails for nature lovers. It can accommodate as many as 200 people, including people who need accessible facilities. Just 15 minutes from the Port of Quebec, reservations are recommended.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Quebec by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website or on the Port of Quebec's website, and don't forget to visit the tourism website for complete information on the many attractions in the Port of Quebec.