Located in eastern Canada, Quebec is the second-largest city in terms of population and the largest in size. The largely French-speaking city may not be high up in the list of Canadian tourism destinations, with the likes of Toronto and Ontario and Vancouver ranking higher. But this is the city to go to if you want to discover and explore Canada’s French roots. It is the beating heart of French Canada, arguably even more so than Montreal. Its heritage sets it apart from the rest of its neighboring regions and cities, and its French legacy has been remarkably well-preserved over the centuries. Here’s a look at the visual treasures that Quebec has to offer. ALSO READ: Visit These Ancient Wonders of Peru to Get a Glimpse of Earliest Human Civilizations Also Read - Celine Dion biopic, titled 'The Power Of Love' is in works

Aerial view of Chateau Frontenac hotel and Old Port in Quebec City

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Architecture of Old Quebec, part of Quebec City

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Quebec City skyline and St Lawrence River in autumn

Quebec City skyline and St Lawrence River in autumn, Canada



Frontenac Castle in Old Quebec City in the beautiful sunrise light

Frontenac Castle in Old Quebec City in the beautiful sunrise light. High dynamic range image. Travel, vacation, history, cityscape, nature, summer, hotels and architecture concept

The Quebec Parliament Building and the Fontaine de Tourny at twilight

The Quebec Parliament Building and the Fontaine de Tourny at twilight in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Hiker walking in Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie National Park in Quebec

Autumn nature hiker girl walking in national park in Quebec with backpack. Woman tourist going camping in forest. Canada travel hiking tourism at Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Riviere-Malbaie National Park

Aerial view of a car driving on a country road through a colorful forest in the autumn in Quebec

Aerial view of a car driving on a country road through a colorful forest at fall. Quebec, Canada

Montmorency Falls, around 12 km away from Old Quebec City

Montmorency Falls, Quebec, Canada

The Quebec Funicular is an old cable railway that served the city for over a century in Old (Vieux ) Quebec City

The Old Quebec Funicular is an old cable railway that served the city for over a century in Old (Vieux ) Quebec City in Quebec province, Canada

Travelers exploring the french charm of the old town part of Quebec

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada - June 2017, pedestrian exploring french charm of old town

Rue du Petit-Champlain at Lower Old Town (Basse-Ville) at night

Rue du Petit-Champlain at Lower Old Town (Basse-Ville) at night

Kent door, a famous arch in the centuries-old fortifications of Quebec city at night

Kent door, arch in fortifications of Quebec city at night, Quebec, Canada

Beyond the visual beauty and the French architecture and charm, the most interesting thing about Quebec is its Francophone culture. This is a city that feels almost European in its culture and feel, like a city displaced and found in the wrong continent. For this reason, it is a favorite for a lot of travelers. It is not a city that you visit to experience Canada in a nutshell. It feels almost like a different country, with a well-defined and distinct culture and identity.