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Horse drawn carts, parks, historical sites and buildings, cafes, museum, and art, that is what the City of Quebec is all about, and so much more. Read pertinent details in travel tips if interested.


The Chateau Frontenac
The Chateau Frontenac
The best way to visit is by walking around in the Vieux-Quebec (Old Quebec), where you'll discover many small and interesting shops, sell from local foods, antiques, souvenirs, arts, clothes, etc. You'll also find and be able to meet some of the local artists set up in the streets to sell their wares. They have paintings and assorted art hung on the outside walls of buildings and intricate unique jewellery in small tents. The narrow cobble stones lanes will take you to many historical buildings and sites, most of which have plaques by the front door where you can read a brief history of that particular monument. The Chateau Frontenac sits high and proud by the Fleuve Saint-Laurent amid the Vieux-Quebec. This large and impressive castle can be seen from almost anywhere. The Plaines D'Abrahams is a large park. Part of this park is where you''ll find the garden of Jeanne-D'arc, a flower garden, also you can visit the Citadelle, a Martello Tower, a few museums and all this surrounded by grass and trees by the water.

Favourite spots:
View of part of the Vieux-Quebec from the Avenue Cap-Diamand by the Citadelle
View of part of the Vieux-Quebec from the Avenue Cap-Diamand by the Citadelle
The Promenade des Gouverneursis a wooden walkway that takes you from the Plaines of Abrahams to the Vieux-Port. You can walk along the Fleuve Saint Laurent, watching the many sail boats and the city of Levy across the water. Hungry? Thirsty?You can take a stroll down the Grande Allee or the Saint-Louis that host many different, pubs, cafes and restaurant. Most have terrace where you can eat Mcdonalds or poutines (mixture of fries, gravy and cheese) under the sun or the stars. For 75$ horse drawn carts can be rented for a unique 35minute romantic tour of the city's attractions.
Another interesting thing to do is to visit the many original Vaulted Cellars throughout the city. There are some at the Bar Troubadour, The Musee de la civilisation, the ASsociation Quebec-France, the Centre D'interpretatoin de place Royale and the Maison Chevalier.(see details in travel tips)
If you enjoy books, go at the Terrasse Dufferin, here you'll find dozen of tent selling used and new books.

What's really great:
At many of the Tourist Attractions, the guides are costumed
At many of the Tourist Attractions, the guides are costumed
Many of the old city walls can be photographed. They are still attached to the Citadelle, but you can walk up to most of the towers. It's a great place to take pictures. To learn in more details of the history of Quebec and of Canada in general, there are some permanent exhibits at the Musee de la Civilisations, situated close to the old port, and also the Musee de L'Amerique du nord in the middle of the Vieux-Quebec. (see travel tips for more info)
If you visit at the beginning of August you'll be just in time for the Festival "Les Fetes de la Nouvelle-France". They have many free outside shows, activities and parades.
Also from the end of July to the middle of August, you can assist to the international Fireworks shows. It is just outside the city and you can get affordable transportation. Just get the information at the information booth or look in my travel tips.

Accommodations:
View of the Parliement from my hotel room 4th floor at the Chateau Laurier
View of the Parliement from my hotel room 4th floor at the Chateau Laurier
There are many hotels and bed & breakfast in the Vieux-Quebec, but do make your reservations in advance as it can be very costly at the last minute. Especially since when you are staying in the Vieux-Quebec you can walk everywhere without the need of transportation, except for the airport which is about 1/2 drive from there. (see travel tips for hotel info)

Hangouts:
One of the many street and shops
One of the many street and shops
Walking the narrow streets you'll find many different pubs, you can 'pub hop' all day and night. From French Canadian pubs to typical Irish pub, they have it all here. You can savor red or blond Quebec draft or have your favorite beer served on one of the terraces.

Restaurants:
a charming looking Macdonald restaurant. Fast food in style
a charming looking Macdonald restaurant. Fast food in style
Free maps of the Vieux-Quebec are available at the airport and in most hotel lobbies. They have guides to the many different restaurant too.


see travel tips.

Published on Friday August 6th, 2004


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Fri, Feb 16 2007 - 04:53 PM rating by travler

I have always wanted to visit here.

Sat, Nov 12 2005 - 07:35 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Magnificent!

Sat, Aug 07 2004 - 12:51 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

hii vicki,
nice to read so much informaction about quebec,well written
ravinderkumarsi

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