Joyeux Noël from Québec City

Joyeux Noël from Québec City

Like an all-seeing sentinel on the Québec City skyline, Fairmont le Château Frontenac stands at attention, steadfastly watching over the St. Lawrence River and the Old City. It is considered to be the most photographed hotel in the world, and with one glimpse of its dramatic, stair-stepped turrets reaching heavenward, it is easy to understand why. Designed by American architect Bruce Price and built more than a century ago as one of several château-style hotels for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Château Frontenac has more than six hundred rooms spread out over eighteen floors. Not only was the hotel the site of the World War II Allied Québec Conferences in 1943 and 1944, it also played a starring role in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. A recent renovation blends its storied charms with state-of-the-art innovations.

Text Karen Callaway
Photography Yunhee Kim 

To learn more about Québec City, see “Joyeux Noël from Québec City” in the November/December 2018 issue, available on newsstands and at



  1. We spent Christmas there in the old town in 2012. It was fantastic. When we’re not able to go to Europe, Quebec City will hold us over! 😉 Love that you featured it!


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