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What’s Happening in 2014: Confederation festivities will also take place in the capital of La Belle Province. Plus, two other big anniversaries are also occurring in Quebec City that promise to bring plenty of jovial spirit. First, travellers will want to be part of the 60th year of theQuebec Carnival, which runs from January 31 to February 16. Also, the 350th anniversary of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec (16 rue de Buade) takes place in 2014. Open until December 28 is the only holy door outside of Europe and just the seventh such structure in the world. Once closed, the door — made of bronze, with an image of Jesus Christ on one side and Mary on the other — will not be opened again until 2025.
Why You Should Go: The city attracts more than 4.5 million visitors a year for good reason. Not only is Quebec the most romantic city in North America, it is also one of the most fascinating, with history, art, gastronomy, and culture galore. And it is home to the No. 1 Street to Visit in Canada and one of the best music festivals on the continent, the annual Festival d’été de Québec (Quebec Summer Festival).
Vacay.ca Columnist Adrian Brijbassi says: “In Quebec’s Lower Town, a vibrant new scene merges almost seamlessly with the centuries-old architecture lining cobblestone streets that meander 300 feet below the famous Chateau Frontenac and the touristy shops of Upper Town. Trendy neighbourhoods such as Saint Roch, running along rue Saint-Joseph, are the most exciting part of the city. The street is lined with Parisian-style lamp posts, flower boxes that are so typical of Quebec City, and a cosmopolitan feel that will surprise visitors who believe this is a town to explore the past.”