Whatever the season or reason: Quebec City; Britt Kennerly; Florida Today

Canada – Historic District of Old Québec

Whatever time of year, Quebec City inspires.

It’s welcoming, walkable and simply wonderful in every direction in this celebrated slice of Canada, with all the charm and grandeur of European cities without leaving North America.

Whatever the season, there’s a reason to visit Quebec City, founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1608 on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

The only fortified city north of Mexico, the capital of Quebec province is packed with history, romance, hot spots and tourists — more than 5 million yearly.

Even in the heat of June and July, cool nights by the St. Lawrence are pleasant, and dining outdoors is practically mandatory at least once during your journey.

And in the snow-capped winter, especially through the holidays, it’s like sleigh-riding into a shimmering snow globe.

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