Quebec City, located along Saint Lawrence River, is a rare jewel, best seen in the depths of winter. Here, the architecture is inspirational, romantic and eclectic. There is an olde worlde feel about Quebec City, which charms you and a distinctive French influence, evident in the architecture, the cuisine and of course, the language! Here’s our Q – C of the city: Quaint – Wander down some of the beautiful, old cobbled streets. Unesco World Heritage site – the citadel forms part of the fortifications in the Old Town. These fortress walls are the only ones left in North America. Eleven – the number of architectural styles identified in Quebec City from the end of the 18th century to the modern day, including Neo-French Renaissance. Bruce Price – the talented architect from New York who designed the inspirational Château Frontenac. Extreme temperatures – wrap up warm. Temperatures can fall to -16°C in January! Carnival de Quebec – described as the ‘hottest winter party’ in late January to mid- February. Look out for night parades, snow sculptures, sledge races and even canoe races in in the Old Town.
Innovation Fire’s most outstanding building – It has to be the opulent Château Frontenac, an impressive, luxury hotel, which opened in 1893. Prominently overlooking the old town and resembling a castle, with its’ turrets and cannons in front, the Château Frontenac is truly breath taking. Although the architecture has a regal air about it, the design also takes into account the climate, as its roofs are constructed of copper to resist the harsh winters and the fluctuations in temperatures. It’s no surprise that Château Frontenac was designated a place on the National Historic Sites of Canada list in 1980.