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Quebec’s best destination in Canada according to readers of Travel + Leisure

12 July 2018

Last year, Travel + Leisure named Canada our Destination of the Year – and for good reason. With awe-inspiring national parks, unsung wine regions, and pristine coastlines, it offers an array of rural, outdoor-focused adventures. But the cities don’t disappoint, either. And when we asked T+L readers which ones stood out from the pack, they were quick to cite things like walkability, the warmth of the locals, and the diversity of cuisine as they selected their favorites.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe – to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

Quebec City, a 400-year-old multicultural hub along the St. Lawrence River, earned the No. 1 slot yet again, no doubt because it blends old-world charm (cobblestoned streets, colonial architecture) with a new-world sensibility (innovative restaurants, marquee festivals). “It felt like we were in France,” said one reader. “There were so many sights, along with great food.” Added another: “We found lovely people who could move between French and English with ease and were obviously proud of their city.”

Crédit Photo: Claudel Huot

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Quebec City in first position of the prestigious Top 5 cities in Canada

Score: 84.18

With its cobblestoned streets, soaring church spires, and atmospheric sidewalk cafes, Quebec City emanates European elegance. First-time visitors won’t want to miss strolling through the neighborhood of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to famous attractions like the Citadelle, the Quartier Petit-Champlain, and the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica. Meanwhile, more intrepid travelers can explore the magnificent Jacques-Cartier National Park, which is located 45 minutes from downtown. Consider staying at Auberge Saint-Antoine, a boutique inn voted by our readers as the best in the destination.

Text from Travel & Leisure Magazine, read the full article here.