In this post, I’ll write about my experiences in Quebec city which is the capital of the province of Quebec, the largest province in Canada.
Quebec was founded by the French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. With 400 years of history, Quebec is a great city to explore. When I am in Quebec, the French language, food, historic architecture, and joie de vivre make me feel like I am in Europe without the transatlantic flight.
My favourite experiences in Quebec City:
1. Walking in the Upper Town of Old Quebec, up to the Plains of Abraham to get a great view of the Citadel and the famous Chateau Frontenac Hotel.
|View of Chateau Frontenac, Quebec|
|Sign at Plains of Abraham, Quebec|
|St Lawrence River from the Dufferin Terrace|
4. Wandering in the Lower Town of Old Quebec and Place Royale with stone buildings and narrow streets, or taking a horse carriage ride.
5. Exploring the Petit Champlain’s district where cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.
6. Enjoying a coffee or meal at one of the outdoor cafes, and watching the world go by.
7. Attending an outdoor performance on a summer evening right outside Chateau Frontenac.
8. Browsing for antiques at rue St Paul, or visiting the Marche du Vieux-Port.
9. Visiting the Aquarium du Quebec.
|Sandcastle at the Aquarium du Quebec|
|Aquarium du Quebec grounds|
|Montmorency waterfalls, Quebec|
Quebec is located about 800 km (500 miles) from Toronto. I have travelled to Quebec city by train, by car and by plane. VIA Rail has regular train service between the two cities, with connections in Montreal. Non-stop flights from Toronto to Quebec city take about 1.5 hours.
Have you been to Quebec city? What were your favourite experiences when you were there?