Québec City is the capital city of the Canadian province of Québec. The city had a population estimate of 531,902 in July 2016 and the metropolitan area had a population of 800,296 in July 2016 making it the second largest city in Quebec after Montreal, and the seventh largest metropolitan area and eleventh largest city in the country. Until the early 19th century it was the metropolis of present-day Canada, after which it was surpassed by Montréal.  It is the oldest French speaking community in North America.

Québec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada's mostly French-speaking Québec province. Dating to 1608, it has a fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with stone buildings and narrow streets. This area is the site of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel and imposing Citadelle of Québec. The Petit Champlain district's cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.

The Algonquian people had originally named the area Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows", because the Saint Lawrence River narrows proximate to the promontory of Québec and its Cape Diamant. Explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a French settlement here in 1608, and adopted the Algonguin name. Québec City is one of the oldest European cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Québec (Vieux-Québec) are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico. This area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the "Historic District of Old Québec".

The city's landmarks include the Château Frontenac hotel that dominates the skyline and the Citadelle of Québec, an intact fortress that forms the centerpiece of the ramparts surrounding the old city and includes a secondary royal residence. The National Assembly of Québec (provincial legislature), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec), and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization) are found within or near Vieux-Québec.

Québec City is home to a Chocolate Museum. Other museums worth visiting include La Citadelle de Québec - North America's largest British fortress and Musée de l'Amérique Francaise – Canada's oldest museum.  Not far from downtown Québec City sit the beautiful Montmorency Falls. At 83 meters tall they are a whopping 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls. You'll find lots to do around the falls including zip lining and a walk along a boardwalk that provides some airy views. Hôtel de Glace (the Ice Hotel) is just 20 minutes from the city center and is open to visitors from January to March. The ultimate experience is to spend the night there, but a simple tour of this architectural wonder is well worth the trip.