Quebec City has once again topped a ranking of travel destinations in Canada. This time, Travel + Leisure magazine has named the capital of la belle province the top city in Canada for travel.
The ranking comes out of the magazine's "World's Best Awards," for which readers vote for their favourite destinations in several categories.
This year, according to Travel + Leisure, readers took particular note of the historic sites in Quebec City and "its European sensibility." Indeed, the city is famous for the French colonial façades that seem to mount its steep slopes.
The still-standing walls around the oldest section of the city are perhaps its most European feature.
Quebec City's similarity to Paris (at least in the North American imagination) also makes it attractive to travellers.
Travel + Leisure readers also appreciate the plethora of festivals and activities that make the city a destination even during its brutal winters.
The other cities to have made the list are Toronto (#5), Victoria, British Columbia (#4), Montreal (#3), and Vancouver (#2).
The cultural attractions of Montreal are what seem to have propelled it to the #3 spot, the Travel + Leisure report suggests.
Though, the magazine also calls Toronto the "cultural capital" of Canada — a moniker many Montrealers will likely contest. Toronto's #5 landing is due to the convenience of its many hotels.
This is the second ranking this month in which a city in Quebec performed well. Montreal was also recently named the most romantic city in North America in a global assessment of urban areas.
Quebec City stands out in Canada for its visible French colonial heritage and architecture.
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