Quebec City

  • Along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, the fortified town of Quebec, also known as 'Petite France', truly is the heart and soul of French Canada. Its architecture, population and spirit seem to have come straight across from the Atlantic. The surrounding regions, with Chaudière-Appalaches to the south and the region of Quebec to the north, attract people in search of great open spaces, where ...
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  • The cradle of French civilisation in North America, Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • Quebec City's Upper Town (the old city) is located on Cap Diamant, a 98m-high promontory overlooking the Saint Lawrence River.
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  • This neighbourhood, whose main street bears the same name, is the most typical spot in Quebec City and is great for shopping.
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  • The symbol of the city, the château is a hotel that welcomes important guests. This is a place where tradition and modernity are beautifully combined.
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  • Instead of travelling by car, you could even opt for a horse and carriage ride in Old Quebec City, just to experience what it felt like to live in days gone by...
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  • Quebec City displays a combination of architectural styles: French, English, and North American, both modern and antique.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Canada

Along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, the fortified town of Quebec, also known as 'Petite France', truly is the heart and soul of French Canada. Its architecture, population and spirit seem to have come straight across from the Atlantic. The surrounding regions, with Chaudière-Appalaches to the south and the region of Quebec to the north, attract people in search of great open spaces, where numerous activities can be practised; from fishing, kayaking or hiking on thousand-mile-long paths in the summer, to cross-country skiing, snowmobile riding and dog sledding in the winter.

Quebec City: what to do?

Visit Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world and a real symbol of the city. Guided tours are organised, during which people in period dress tell you abou the history of the site.
Between Château Frontenac and Saint Lawrence River lies a very amusing sledging slope. A little further away, don't miss out on taking the cable car which links up the Lower town to the Upper town. In the summertime, hire a bike and cycle along the cycling path which runs from Quebec City centre to Montmorency via the Old Harbour.
In the surrounding areas of Quebec City, many activities are available: from fishing, hiking and swimming in the lakes in the summer to cross-country skiing, snowmobile riding, dog sledding and ice fishing in the winter.

In Quebec City, visit the historical district of Old Quebec with its charming little lanes, like that of Petit Champlain street, from which the city gets its reputation, Château Frontenac, the basilica and the cathedral, the Old Harbour, Place d'Armes, a charming square in the heart of the city and its fortifications.
In the surrounding areas, Montmorency Falls, 4 mi east of Quebec City, Charlevoix coast which crosses numerous villages with multiple architectural, historical and natural riches.

  • The Old Quebec district
  • Crossing the St. Lawrence River by boat
  • The Chateau Frontenac towering above the city
  • The skating rink, tobogganing and other activities in the city centre in winter
  • Little to do in the evening

Reminders

Pack very warm clothing in the winter and very light clothing in the summer... This is no revelation but when it is cold in Quebec, temperatures can drop to 40°C below zero, even 50°C below zero, whereas in the summer, it is very hot (35°C).

To avoid

Making fun of the Québécois accent. Everyone knows that a Frenchman must never say to a Québécois that his French is anglicised...he will only turn around and accuse the Frenchman from France of being just as bad, with words like 'week-end' being part of the French vocabulary. Anyway, everything is a question of point of view and objectivity.

Quebec City: what to eat?

Start with the number one produce of Quebec: maple syrup which you will find in all dishes, from salads to desserts, and even meat dishes. In the winter, maple taffy lollipops can be found by the ice-rink set up in front of the theatre. Cranberries and blueberries can also be found everywhere, usually served with terrine or game: very succulent!
In the restaurants, try Quebec specialities such as game (prepared in many different ways) and all the different kinds of terrine, plus, of course, trout. Every meal includes a bowl of soup, with very varied and original flavours. Finally, don't forget that there is also good cheese in Quebec, it may not be your French camambert, but restaurants often offer a plate of Quebec cheese, so try it, it's very good!

Quebec City: what to buy?

In the shops of Petit Champlain street, numerous souvenirs are available: from fur hats to maple syrup, and all sorts of gadgets. It is much better, however, to buy maple syrup from one of the region's numerous sugar huts.
In the region of Chaudière-Appalaches, the village of Saint-Port-Joli is a major handicraft centre.

Quebec City Reviewedhotels
  • 9.55 /10
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    Chateau Frontenac
    Quebec Ville - Canada
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    As far as prestige is concerned, staying at the Chateau Frontenac ...

  • 7.7 /10
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    Château Grande Allée
    Quebec Ville - Canada
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    This is an extremely charming hotel located a few minutes' walk ...

  • 7.7 /10
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    Hotel Manoir Victoria
    Quebec Ville - Canada
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    So quaint and elegant, this Victorian hotel in the centre of ...

  • 7.35 /10
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    Clarendon Hotel Quebec
    Quebec Ville - Canada
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    Being the oldest hotel in Quebec, it'll come as no surprise that ...

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