Québec City's winter brings plenty of snow and sleet, with temperatures averaging between -25°C (-13°F) and -5°C (23°F). January alone averages 78cm (31in) of snow. Summer is a mixed bag, with occasional humidity, and temperatures fluctuating between 10°C (50°F) and 30°C (86°F).
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The iconic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac blends the charm of the hotel's enchanting past with modern innovations.
The only transport mode between town and the airport is taxi.
Québec City is covered by a reasonably priced and efficient bus system, the hub of which is Gare Centrale d'Autobus on Boulevard Charest Est in St Roch.
Horse-drawn coaches (calèches) are a much more expensive treat.
Finally, those who like to get around under their own steam can rent a bicycle for a day and explore the city's network of cycle paths.
Violent crime is rare (especially involving foreigners) but petty theft is more common. Watch out for pickpockets in crowded markets and public transit places, and use hotel safes where available.
Cars with foreign registration are popular targets for smash-and-grab theft. Don't leave valuables in the car, and remove registration and ID papers
Quebec City is the capital of Quebec province. Its name is derived from the Algonquin “Kebec,” meaning where the river narrows.
The city is actually located at the intersection of the St. Lawrence and the St. Charles River. North America’s oldest grocery store, J.A. Moisan Epicier, is located here. It first opened in 1871.
More than 95 percent of the population speaks French, and 30 percent speak both French and English.
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