The only city that still retains its original walls in both the United States and Canada, Old Quebec City (Vieux Quebec) is a World Heritage endowed piece of military and religious history that is a photographer's dream of a different era. It consists of the Upper Town and Lower Town, both of which have immense charm and picturesque appeal, especially in winter. You may walk the 4.6 km (2.85 mile) fortification walls; gaze up at the majestic, iconic Chateau Frontenac, once home to colonial governors, with its accompanying boardwalk (Dufferin Terrace) overlooking the St. Lawrence River; stroll through historically esteemed Battlefields Park, with its numerous artillery pieces and the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, where you'll find Canadian art from many periods and the Old City's preserved public prison; even people-watch in Place-Royal, the square built in honor of Samuel de Champlain, the first French Settler in North America. In short, a day in Old Quebec City is a journey steeped in the most attractive of French and British 17th century architecture and a sense of timelessness entailed by a well-preserved, 400 year old world. For a true cultural experience in Quebec City, this would have to be your first stop.
Note:Those interested in both nightlife and cuisine can find it a-plenty along rue Saint-Jean and in the classier establishments that exist in the hotels bordering the St. Lawrence River.