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Get to know Québec City

Québec City is a blend of history and modernity, culture and nature—a city made in the image of its people. It’s a safe, vibrant, innovative, hospitable, and lively place with a thriving economy and fabulous quality of life, where an exciting succession of festivals and major events marks out the passing seasons. It’s more than a city, it’s a community with room for everyone to blossom and grow. Get to know Québec City!

Québec City yesterday and today—400+ years of history

Québec City is over 400 years old. That’s more than four centuries of epic history—the first meetings between the French and the Iroquoians, battles between the French and English, fearsome epidemics, and the deeds of celebrated women and men whose names are commemorated in our streets today. Four centuries that made Québec City the place we now know, that forged its character—its cultural energy, its successful economy, its urban transformations, its lively neighbourhoods, and its status as a centre of the French language. You can learn more in the History section.

A prosperous city on the move

Québec City has a population of just over 516,000 and enjoys a world-class, prosperous, and thriving knowledge-, high tech–, and research-based economy.

In the thick of it, close to major centres

Québec City is easy to get to by road, air, rail, or sea. It is in constant and direct contact with the world’s major centres, and its transportation infrastructure completes a seamless intermodal network. To learn more, see Getting Here and the Québec City location map (in French).


Québec City is well known for its four distinct and wonderful seasons, each with its own and special charm and unique personality. To learn more, see the section on Weather.

Get the answers wherever you are

Leaving your native land and making your home somewhere new can be complicated and baffling, with all the steps and procedures involved. There’s nothing like reliable websites to get you all the information, as well as any updates and changes to existing programs. If you have questions about laws and immigration procedures, try the websites of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec.

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