Established in 1608 on the banks of the majestic Saint Lawrence River by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Quebec City is the capital of the Province of Quebec and is home to approximately 800,000 people. It was chosen as an IUHPFL program site for its rich history and culture, including impeccably preserved 17th and 18th century architecture, stunning landscapes, parks, outdoor activities, concerts, and festivals. Street performances are common in the summertime and include acrobatics, fire dancers, and a variety of musicians. It's not surprising that the famous Cirque de Soleil got its start just north of Quebec City in the mid-1980s, because the Province of Quebec has been home to many talented performers throughout its long history.