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Quebec City Overview

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The capital of the province of Quebec, Quebec City, finds an excellent location on the St. Lawrence River

Featuring a dominant European flavor, the city is drenched in history and is counted among the oldest existing European settlements in Canada. The Old Town of Quebec City is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Most of the attractions of the city are located in the Old Town area, which consists of the walled city on the hilltop.There is a small population of Muslims in Quebec City. There are a few Masaajid in the city. The Centre Cultural Islamique de Québec is the primary Masjid in the city. The Masjid holds all prayers including the Jummah salaat.

A number of places of interest in Quebec City are located in the Old Town area. Quebec City is divided into two quarters: the Upper Town which includes the old quarter, and the Lower Town. The old quarter in the Upper Town is the only example of walled city in North America. Attractions worth visiting in the Upper Town include the Citadel, Chateau Frontenac, Plains of Abraham and the Quebec Parliament. The Citadel dates to the early 19th century and is among the most distinctive features of the city. Another unique feature of the town is the fortifications that surround the Old Town.

In the Lower Town area there are attractions such as the Naval Museum of Quebec and the Old Port of Quebec. The Palace-Royal is also definitely worth visiting. Apart from its exclusive sights, Quebec is known for the Quebec Winter Carnival that showcases top-class ice sculptures and several other ice celebrations. The Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge is a wonderful garden that spreads across 24 hectares. If you wish to experience the old town feel, then take a tour of the city in a horse driven carriage. A cruise along the St. Lawrence River is highly recommended.

Shopping in Quebec City is quite interesting and exciting. The best area to shop in the city is the Quartier Petit Champlain in the Lower Town area. The cobblestone streets are rigged with wonderful boutiques and shops. In the Old Town area the main shopping areas include the Sainte-Anne, De Buade and Saint-Jean where you can find exclusive souvenirs and clothing shops. Along the Saint-Joseph beyond the Old Town is where you can find suburban shopping malls. The suburb of Sainte-Foy is among the largest shopping centers.

There are a few halal restaurants available in Quebec City. Most of these restaurants serve Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. Do not forget to try the different types of delicious cheese that can be found at any market in the city. There are numerous cafes across Quebec City where you can enjoy delicious coffee.

The Old Town of Quebec City is easily accessible on foot. The Upper and Lower towns are connected by a winding street that is lovely to walk around on. Alternatively, visitors can also take the public transport buses and shuttle system. Driving a car around the city is a good means of transport, but not as easy in the Old Town area.

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Canada Info

ADMINISTRATIVE/COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Ottawa

GEOGRAPHY

The second largest country in the world Canada owns a land area of 9,984,670 km² and a coastline closer to 202,080 km's. The countries geographic features are diverse due to its size, it streches from the pacific ocean on the west to the atlantic ocean on the east.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 33.7 Million. Muslims account for about 2.6% of the population.

CLIMATE

Canada is often associated with cold weather and snow.Canadians living closer to the US boarders get to enjoy the four seasons. Summer temperature can rise up to 35 °C (95 °F) while the lowest will reach closer to -25 °C (77 °F) during winter.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English and French are the two official languages.

LOCAL TIME

GMT -3hrs30m : Newfoundland
GMT -4hrs       : Atlantic
GMT -5hrs       : Eastern
GMT -6hrs       : Central
GMT -7hrs       : Mountain
GMT -8hrs       : Pacific
Off set Daylight Saving +1 hr

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8:45 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

New Year's Day: January 1st
Canada Day : July 1st
Labour Day : September 1st Monday
Christmas Day : December 25th

CURRENCY

Canadian Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Medical/Fire: 119
GSM: 112

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