A prosperous, appealing, and friendly capital, Québec
City is the cradle of the French presence in North America. The only
fortified city north of Mexico, it has managed to retain its
European flavor and develop its remarkable cultural heritage.
Beyond its beauty, Québec City is first and foremost a city that affords an
unparalleled quality of life to any who settle here. In addition, a number
of welcome and support services have been set up to help newcomers settle in
A Friendly Community
Québec City has a population of about 500,000. French is the dominant
language, with 97% of Quebecers speaking it at home and 83% at work.
However, Quebecers are open to diversity, and we hope to increase the number
of new immigrants in the years to come.
Between 2001 and 2006, more than 7,000 persons immigrated to the area, the
majority settling in Québec City. Among the main cultural communities who
have put down roots here, new immigrants have come mainly from the following
ten countries: France, Colombia, Morocco, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China,
Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Romania, Tunisia, and Burundi.
A Climate That’s Never Dull
Québec City’s seasons are very distinct, and conversation about weather is a
daily occurrence. In fact, people here plan their lives around the weather
in order to get the most out of each season. A pre-eminently northern city,
average annual snowfall is 337 cm. Although winter sports are generally
enjoyed from December to March, more clement weather during the remainder of
the year makes possible a wide variety of activities.
Average Temperatures (°C)
An Accessible Education System
Residents of the provincial capital benefit from an accessible education
system at all levels of schooling.
Schools in all parts of the city offer quality training and instruction at
the preschool, primary, and secondary levels. Education at these levels as well
as at the collège level is free for those who attend public
A diverse range of education options are available in the area, including
Université du Québec, Télé-Université,
École nationale d’administration publique, four general and
vocational colleges (cégeps), plus a large number of
Lastly, Université Laval, the first French-speaking
university in America, is recognized both for the quality of its teaching
and its excellent sports programs. Some 4,000 programs of study attract
about 38,000 students annually.
A Safe City
In Québec City, you don’t have to forego strolls in your neighborhood after
nightfall. People feel safe everywhere and at all times. Tourists give
Québec City a 99% rating for urban safety.
A Unique Quality of Life
Québec City affords its citizens an exceptional urban setting. It has all the
advantages of a large city but on a more human scale.
Its features include
boroughs, each with its own distinctive appeal
- 17 museums and 6 interpretation centers
- 40 km of shoreline along the St. Lawrence River, which alone moves 20% of
the world’s fresh water
- 271 kilometers of bike lanes
- 454 parks and green areas
- More than 1,000 restaurants reflecting the cuisines of 25 different
- A variety of
municipal services available throughout the city
And the list goes on! Visit the
Attractions section to get a better idea of the city’s
In addition, 30 minutes from downtown, the great outdoors is yours for the
asking! Summer or winter,
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier or
Station touristique Duchesnay are sure to please you.
Québec City’s cultural life is vibrant, diverse, and accessible to all
Carnaval de Québec and
Festival d'été de Québec to
Festival de cinéma des 3 Amériques,
Salon international du livre de Québec, and
Carrefour international de théâtre, there are activities for every
season and for all ages.
Québec City is also a green city concerned with environmental issues. In 2008,
the Canadian magazine Corporate Knights named Québec City Canada’s
Most Sustainable City among municipalities of 250,000 inhabitants or more
thanks to its overall environmental quality, its economic security, the
well-being of its population, its ecological approach to transportation, and
its public awareness.
Weather permitting, bike paths are available both for exploring the area and
for getting to work. The city also boasts an efficient road network
including 300 km of freeways. The average time for getting to and from work
is 57 minutes, less than in cities like Sherbrooke, Ottawa, Gatineau, and
With so much going for it, it’s not surprising that in 2007, FDI Magazine
ranked Québec City No. 1 for quality of life in North America among
municipalities of similar size.