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Quebec City

Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, making it the seat of the provincial Crown. It is the second largest city in the province, after Montreal. Quebec City's Old Town (Vieux-Quebec) is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the "Historic District of Old Quebec". It is also one of the oldest cities in North America (founded in 1608). At one point, Quebec City was at the center of New France, an empire that that covered all of Eastern Canada and almost half of the current US territory. French North America extended from the Gulf of St Lawrence to the Great Lakes and from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. The city now has a population of 528,595, with a greater  metropolitan population of 717,600. Quebec City will be celebrating it's 400th anniversary in 2008. Many related activities are planned for around the time of the conference.

Quebec City is internationally known for its Winter Carnival and the Château Frontenac, a historic hotel which dominates the city skyline. The chief of Parliament, the National Assembly of Quebec (provincial parliament), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec (National Museum of Fine Arts) and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization) are found within or near Vieux-Quebec. Among the tourist attractions near the city are Montmorency Falls and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in the town of Beaupré.

Official tourism information from the Government of Quebec and Maps of Quebec City near the conference center can be found with the provided links.