- Visited October 2018
La ville de Québec est magnifique! Very French and very beautiful, I loved my time in Québec City. It’s the perfect blend of French and Canadian influences. Strolling the streets of the old town, Vieux-Québec, is like stepping back in time, and I spent most of my time in this area of the city. Divided into two levels, the Haute-Ville (Upper Town) and Basse-Ville (Lower Town) are both full of lovingly-preserved buildings, historical buildings of note, cool shops and restaurants providing a range of cuisines, including traditional quebecois delights (you have not done Québec if you haven’t had poutine…), for the intrepid traveller. I spent three nights here and that felt like enough time to get a feel for the city and do everything I wanted to.
Day 1 – explored The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec (stunning interior!), the Château Frontenac (most photographed hotel in the world apparently), Terrace Dufferin (lovely promenade next to the Château and a great place to people watch when the weather is good), Quartier Petit Champlain (oldest commercial district in North America and can be accessed by funicular or via the oldest staircase in Québec City, the Breakneck Stairs) and Place-Royale (a cobblestone square with 17th and 18th century buildings).
Day 2 – took a walk past the Parliament building and the Citadelle to visit The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Absolutely loved this place, was right up my street. The museum predominantly features the work of Québec artists. The site is modern, a fab place to photograph, and the exhibits were excellent. In the evening I enjoyed food and drinks at Pub Saint-Patrick. Food is decent and the service provided by friendly staff is very good.
Day 3 – strolled along the Ramparts, mooched round the Marché du Vieux-Porte, and visited Québec City’s most popular museum, The Musée de la civilisation à Québec. Interesting place. They have a current exhibition on London, ‘Ici Londres’ which I really enjoyed. When I visited The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec I was given a discount voucher of 20% off various venues in the city, including The Musée de la civilisation à Québec so the ticket price was $18.
Québec City is not simply a beautiful, historical place to visit – it’s a state of mind. A place to slow down, enjoy life, and wonder at the spectacular sites of the city. C’est vraiment spécial!
Note: It is cold visiting in October so bring your winter woolies with you!
Selection of pictures from my stay: