Planning a Trip to – Quebec City!

We are looking for somewhere  to visit this summer that isn’t farther than a few hours’ flight. (We are in Texas).  Maybe for a long weekend.  I am thinking Quebec City!  Quebec is beautiful.  It has the only walled city in North America (north of Mexico). The fun thing for Americans is that when you go there, you really feel like you have traveled to a different country. The language and culture transport you to another world.

These are some of the things that I think we will enjoy the most:

  1.  The Chateau Frontenac, now a Fairmont Hotel  towers over the city.  This castle was built over 100 years ago by the Canadian Railway.  It sits within the walls of the old city, now a UNESCO site, so the location is ideal.  It has recently undergone a multimillion dollar restoration, and would be an amazing place to stay for this vacation! Definitely a splurge, but this place is fabulous.
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Photo from Fairmont.com

2. Quebec Old town is a beautiful and quaint fortified town, and also a UNESCO site.  There is an upper town and a lower town, which are connected by a funicular .  You an see the tracks in the background of the photo below.  The town was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain.  I could see spending many hours wandering around here, then finding a fun spot for a cocktail and dinner.

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photo from whc.unesco.org

3. Since this is the only walled city in North America, north of Mexico, checking out the original fortifications and the Citadel is a very popular activity.

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4. Montmorency Falls are not far out of town, and they are even higher than Niagara Falls.  Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is said to be the best place from which to view the falls.  Here you can hike one of several trails or go on the gondola ride.  You can also go across the falls on the zip line.  I am thinking we would not do the zip line, haha.  But hiking, photography , and perhaps some photography would be fun.

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photo from wikimedia.org

5. The Cathedral Basilica de Notre Dame de Quebec has been located on the same site since 1647, although it has burned to the ground and been rebuilt twice since then.  It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of   Quebec.

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photo from quebecregion.com

 

6. The Parliament building has much to offer. You can take a tour, and then walk around the pretty gardens and fountains. The husband enjoys touring governmental buildings and also taking photos in gardens.  This would suit him well!

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photo from quebecregion.com

I am not sure if we will make it up to Quebec this summer, but it is definitely on our short list.  It looks charming and beautiful.

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28 thoughts on “Planning a Trip to – Quebec City!

  1. You’ll have a blast! I used to live in Montreal and we would visit Quebec City for the weekend every once in a while. It’s very European. Your list is good. A couple of other things to try in Old Quebec: Eat crepes (they have both sweet and savoury), stroll the boardwalk (nice views) and go up the hill on the funicular (it’s like a tilted elevator – a bit scary but a fun way to avoid the stairs).

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  2. This is a city that I’ve had on my list to see, too! I’m from Pennsylvania and I believe you can catch an Amtrak up there. Montreal would also be nice to visit on the way! If you like to read mysteries, Louise Penny is an excellent author that writes about this general area.

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