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The 411 on Quebec City

March 31, 2012 | | 0 Comments

The 411 on Quebec City, Flickr: paulmannix

Chateau Frontenac

One of my favourite things about Quebec City is the fact that it’s so historical. Quebec is definitely the city you want to go to indulge your inner geek, so break out the textbooks and study up! OR read on for some fun facts and interesting backgrounds about this place.

1.    Quebec City was founded in 1608 by the French explorer, Samuel de Champlain.

2.    The Château Frontenac in Quebec City is the most photographed hotel in the world.

3.    Quebec City was the former capital of Canada, established in 1840.  But in 1867, Ottawa was chosen to be the capital of the Dominion of Canada.

4.    The Montmorency Falls are 275 feet high, which is actually 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls. It’s just a lot narrower than its fatter cousin.

5.    The Battle of the Plains of Abraham was a pivotal battle in the Seven Years’ War between the English and the French. Despite less than 10,000 troops, the battle would eventually influence the creation of Canada: after a culmination of a three-month siege by the British, the battle won with their victory after just 15 minutes. 

6.    The division between the city’s Upper and Lower Towns proved to be a natural fortress for the city, and was used as a defense against advancing enemies.  In Vieux-Quebec, the oldest part of the city, the old fortified walls are dubbed a UNESCO heritage site.

7.    The longest cantilever bridge in the world is found in Quebec: Le pont de Quebec measures over 3239 feet.

8.    In 1943, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt attended The Quebec Conference to discuss military strategy during World War II.

9.    Quebec’s “funicular railway” was built in 1879 by William Griffith as a sort of elevator connecting the Lower Town to the Upper Town. At a height of 59-metres and an angle of 45 degrees, it’s a much nicer ride than climbing the stairs! It’s also the only one of its kind in North America.

10.    In the winter, Quebec City is home to one of only TWO ice hotels in the world. You can tour during the day, and each room is themed and decorate with ice sculptures. There’s even a wedding chapel with snow pews.

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