Walking around Quebec City, Quebec
Get up EARLY and walk around the city for some peaceful views, especially in summer when there are more tourists.
I arrived in Quebec in the late afternoon and found the city overrun by school children. It was annoying to say the least so I went to bed early and rose early. I was out on the town by 7am and enjoyed my time so much!
No shops are open and neither are most restaurants. The streets are practically deserted, except for a few delivery men.
It is a peaceful, beautiful time to see Quebec that is definitely worth getting out of bed for.
Fondest memory: During this time I was able to ride the funiculaire without having to wait in line and in bas ville, I met the city's official photographer who gave me some hints of where to visit *and* took my picture;-)
From the Old Town to the Upper Town, from the Frontenac to the riverfront to the Plains of Abraham- Québec City is a city of stairs and hills and more stairs and steep stairs and stone stairs.
The views are exquisite, the atmosphere and (usually) crisp, clean air adds to the feeling of being there - but always be aware that in this city, to get from point A to point B, it usually will involve stairs.
Quebec City offers a wide range of fabulous old architecture, much of it several hundred years old.
Fondest memory: My favourite thing to do in Quebec City is just wander the cobblestone streets, looking at the glorious old, but well preserved, buildngs.
Favorite thing: Walking is the key to enjoying old Quebec and the lower town. With the exception of visiting outlying attractions such as Montmorency Falls, the Beaupre Coast and Ile d'Orleans, there's no need for you to use your vehicle in the city. The Radisson Hotel with its ample parking, makes an excellent home base, situated as it is two blocks from the main Parliament building that is located just outside the Saint Louis gate that leads to the old city. You should plan to spend at least two days exploring Old Quebec and Quartier Petit-Champlain
Walking in Old Quebec, you'll find strategically placed canons. They're out of use though. Probably had something to do with the military history of Quebec City. Old Quebec is ideal for taking a stroll. It's not too big and not too small. I wandered around the narrow avenues and quaint buildings, not to mention the wall that surrounds the old town - it was especially good at night when everything was lit up.
Fondest memory: roaming around Old Quebec.
At night, stroll through the cobble-stone streets of Old Quebec. When the neighbourhood is ambiently lit with the clop of hooves in the background, you will swear that you are in another era.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory was celebrating St.Jean Baptiste Day (Quebec's national holiday) with a francophone family. I was lucky enough to be boarding with a Quebecois family, so we spent the evening singing and playing traditional folksongs. Talk about getting down with the locals!
Take a walking tour of the old town. Allow about a day for this, maybe more if you want to visit museums as well. Although it is not huge, if it's the middle of winter you'll need to leave time to réchauffer un peu in one of the many bars, cafés or restaurants. Start in Place d'Youville, where there is a lovely icerink throughout the winter months (free to use if you have your own skates!). Walk down Rue St Jean (where there are many cafés and tourist shops). Follow the road round to Chateau Frontenac (the big castle-style hotel). Either walk down the steep stairway towards the St Laurence or take the furnicular railway towards Basse-ville. Here you can visit the Musée de Civilisation and the Musée de Place Royale. Don't miss Place Royale, Rue de Petit Champlain, the murals, and remember to stop for coffee once in a while. Back up in Haute-Ville, you can do a walking tour of the battlefields behind the chateau, and visit the Inuit Art gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery. You need at least a day, but two would be preferable! The above picture shows me down by the St Lawrence in February - it was COLD.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Quebec was the time I spent there with my then-boyfriend, Ed, staying in the gorgeous Chateau Frontenac hotel (okay so it's expensive, but it beats the youth hostel for romance value!)
Favorite thing: Walk around the 'Old City,' which is a walled area of Quebec sitting on the banks of the St. Lawrence. Here is where pretty much everything you'll want to see is located. But seriously, just walk around, you'll enjoy yourself. Stop in the shops, check out the little restaruants here and there. And if you're old enough, stop in at a pub.
Fondest memory: Just wander. You'll inevitably end up in the giant tourist vortex that is the Château Frontenac and Terrasse Dufferin (for more photos of this lovely building, see the travelogue). But on the way, make sure to slow town and savor the European atmosphere, so rare and precious in postmodern North America.
Favorite thing: Walk around the city. Don't bother with a car for the old city (both lower and upper). Bring lots of water and wear comfy shoes. Walk the boardwalk along the edge of the upper town next to the Chateau Frontenac. It's gorgeous.
The old town of Quebec City is great to stroll around. It's picturesque everywhere!!
Fondest memory: I met a bunch of college students and two of them voluntarily showed me around town. I really appreciate that!