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The center of French-Canadian culture in Canada, Old Quebec is jealously preserved as a feature of the Old World in the New. Its unique status has earned it recognition as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is justified: the romantic, cobblestone streets and architecture make it a special place. Established in 1608 by one of the first French explorers, Samuel de Champlain, Quebec was the center of French military, cultural and economic power in North America for a century. Even when the English overpowered the French a century later, the Quebecois stubbornly held onto their cultural heritage. Today, the hotels, restaurants, cafés and shops retain the best of the culture of the old French settlers.

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