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Quebec City

Photo ©Carolyn B. Heller

Many people know Que­bec City pri­ma­ri­ly as a tou­rist des­ti­na­tion, and in fact, it draws more than 4.5 mil­lion visi­tors eve­ry year. The only for­ti­fied city in North Ame­ri­ca whose walls are still stan­ding, Old Que­bec is pre­ser­ved as a UNESCO World Heri­tage Site. A Cana­dian Broad­cas­ting Cor­po­ra­tion contest named Quebec’s Old City one of the seven won­ders of Cana­da.

Tou­rism accounts for many jobs, but if you’re thin­king of living in Que­bec City, you’ll find employ­ment options beyond the tou­rism busi­ness. More than 40,000 people work in government–Quebec City is the pro­vin­cial capital–and the region has increa­sing oppor­tu­ni­ties in tech­no­lo­gy, inclu­ding soft­ware, lasers, robo­tics, bio­me­di­cal sciences and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, envi­ron­men­tal tech­no­lo­gy, and telecommunications.

With a popu­la­tion of about 720,000, Que­bec isn’t a big city, but it’s one of Canada’s least expen­sive. Hou­sing prices are among the lowest of Canada’s major metro­po­li­tan regions.

If you could see your­self living in a mid-sized city in France, you might consi­der Que­bec City. Like Mon­treal, Que­bec City blends a French-ins­pi­red life­style with the prac­ti­ca­li­ty of Cana­dian ser­vices. Life in Que­bec City has a cer­tain pea­ce­ful qua­li­ty absent from lar­ger metro­po­lises. And if you enjoy skiing, snow­shoeing, hiking, or cycling, there are plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to get out­doors just out­side of town.

Where to Live

For an over­view of Que­bec City neigh­bo­rhoods, see Where to Live in Que­bec City.

Lear­ning to Speak French

Do you need to speak French to live in Que­bec City ? Que­bec City is a Fran­co­phone city, and you’ll find it much easier to live and work here if you have a wor­king know­ledge of French.

Read more about Do I Have to Speak French to Live in Quebec ?

Que­bec City relo­ca­tion resources :

– Excerp­ted (in part) from the book, Living Abroad in Cana­da. To read more, buy the book.

Pho­to ©Carolyn B. Heller