Rich with 4 centuries of history, Quebec City is the cradle of French civilization in North America. A charming marriage of old world and new, this cosmopolitan city has tourist attractions and activities for everyone. Quebec City, the only fortified city in North America, is set against a spectacular historic backdrop: the district of Old Quebec and Place Royale, where Samuel de Champlain founded the first French settlement in North America in 1608; the Plains of Abraham, the site of the epic 1759 battle between the French and the English; and the famous Château Frontenac, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Quebec City is also home to the Musée de la civilisation, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Parliament Building, where the National Assembly sits. This historic and cultural location features bustling city streets filled with fine restaurants, world-class hotels, art galleries, buskers and more. At the heart of all these attractions is the Quebec City Convention Centre, where the much anticipated 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives will be held from October 8 to 11, 2012. To find out more about the host city, visit the Quebec City Tourism website at www.quebecregion.com.