✈ De Travel Experiences aims to satisfy your curiosity and unique tastes by highlighting premium spots for fun, food, and relaxation through my eyes. Here now is my take on Quebec City in Québec, Canada.
Quebec City is a melting pot of history and culture that emanates a distinct European vibe despite being located in North America. The capital of Québec, much of its cultural charm has been preserved from its 400+ year old history. For instance, French is still the dominant language here, with less than 2% of residents being pure English speakers.
But whatever your language, you can enjoy all that Quebec City has to offer, from its historical buildings to its narrow pathways. Ready to take a trip? Here are a few things to do and see when you visit Quebec City.
There is so much to see in Quebec City, you’ll probably need more than a day to explore it all. Some of the interesting spots you might want to visit include:
⌂ The Old Quebec district, which was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1985. There are plenty of spots here shared up between Haute-Ville, which is the uptown area on a hill, and la Basse-Ville, which is the lower part of town by the river. If you have the appetite for walking (Quebec City on a whole does require you to do some amount of walking), you can experience climbing the famous and ancient ramparts, or visit the Musée de l’Amérique Francophone, or take a trip along Petit-Champlain Street, listed as the oldest commercial avenue in all of the U.S. and Canada.
⌂ The view on the ferry (traversier) ride. This is a 15-minute trip between Old Québec and Lévis, a quaint little town on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. Not only are the views of the Château breathtaking, but there are a bunch of stuff to do and see on the other side such as a park with water games, a library, and a set of red stairs you can climb.
⌂ The Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier. Even without much knowledge of French, you would probably figure out that it’s a park, and it’s a stunning one at that, with roughly 60 miles of walking trails, as well as the opportunity to indulge in activities such as canoeing and kayaking on the river.
⌂ There is also the Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, a famous walkway that spans Old Québec to Pont de Québec. Here, you can find a belvedere with stunning views of the surroundings.
Quebec City is a world-class tourist destination with topnotch accommodations to match. There are plenty places to rest your head, some large and some small. I’ll share just two of the many favorites.
▸ The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. This architectural marvel has the enviable reputation of being the world’s most photographed hotel. Sitting on top of a hill that offers unmatched views of the city, it’s also the heights of luxury, with huge suites, impressive marble floors, murals, and a bunch of other features that will have you feeling like a king or queen. Also a historical site, you can book a tour of the property even if you’re not staying there.
▸ Hotel Saint-Anne. Also in Old Quebec, this hotel tends to have a vibe consistent with alpine ski resorts. You can get simple pleasures here such as beer on tap at the bar, as well as a tantalizing selection of meal choices.
Residents of Quebec City take pleasure in their food and that comes out in the variety and number of restaurants that can be found in the city. Here are a few of my favorites to check out:
▣ Restaurant Initiale. This is no doubt one of the finest restaurants in Quebec City, with its elegant ambience and fine French Cuisine. The wine selection here is pretty impressive as well but the greatest thing about eating here (at least for me) is the gluten free and vegetarian menu options, which are delicious and well presented.
▣ Albacore. Here again, I loved the fact that there was a good selection of gluten free options to choose from on the menu. The service here is also topnotch, I must add.
▣ Chez Victor. If you’re looking for a more casual atmosphere where you can grab a burger, this is one of the best places to check out in Quebec City. It is ranked as one of Quebec City’s 10 takeout restaurants. And to top it off, they have a number of delicious vegetarian menu options.
There you have it, my take on the Quebec City scene. Please note that the spots I picked are based on my snippet of an experience. I do plan to explore the area again in the future, so my report might be different next time. Either way, have fun if/when you visit.
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