Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec. The city’s old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. It is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico. Having been the capital of New France, Lower Canada and for a brief period of time, the capital of Canada, the city is often referred to as the “Old Capital”. Quebec has a large number of parks and public gardens, as well as numerous museums, galleries and historical monuments. A visit to the Aquarium of Quebec is also recommended.
The city holds several festivals and major events, amount which are the Quebec Winter Carnival the Quebec City Summer Festival, the New France Fete, the Grands Feux fireworks, the Quebec Expo and the Grand Rire comedy festival. The Red Bull Crashed Ice world championship, an extreme bi-annual down-hill ice-skating competition, is also held in Quebec along with the Quebec Cycling Grand Prix and the Transat Québec-Saint-Malo sailing race, which travels up the Saint Lawrence River and then across the Atlantic to Saint-Malo in France. The city is also home to the oldest university in Canada and fifth-oldest in America, the Laval University, founded in 1663.
Accommodation in Quebec’s student residences
It should be understood that these university residences are designed primarily for students and not children or adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet a level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Getting around Quebec
Public transport in Quebec is opertated by the RTC organisation. Most train links are run by Via Rail – there is a very convenient service to Windsor. The Gare du Palais train station is the city’s central rail connection and the building itself is of great architectural merit. The city is served by the Jean-Lesage International airport.