Statue of Louis Hebert (1585-1627) acknowledged to be the first European to farm in Canada. He came to settle in Nova Scotia (Port Royal now Annapolis Royal) with the Champlain expedition and ended up in Quebec City. It is perhaps more accurate to say they were the first family of settlers as there is dispute that Hebert was ever actually a farmer.
Louis Hebert was actually no ordinary farmer. His family had connections. His father was apothecary to Catherine De Medici. Louis, following in his fathers trade, would use this skill to heal the natives in the new country. His wife, Marie Rollet, taught the natives to read and made the first efforts at Christianizing. In exchange, the natives taught them the use of snowshoes, toboggans and helped them to endure the rough Canadian winters.
Between the old city and the Plains of Abraham sits an expansive amount of greenland, including some well manicured parks.
As an alternative to a restaurant meal, a great thing to do is have a picnic at one of the many tables in this area.
Another in the series of excellent Québec city parks. The parc linéaire de la rivière Saint-Charles follows the river from the old port in Québec city to Saint Charles lake, 32 kilometers away. It’s more correct to say it’s a chain of parks connected by a trail, since in some parts there isn’t much park around the trail. The parks themselves have their own character, from urban to rural, but all provide open spaces, and some also have playground equipment.
About 10 or so km are paved for cyclists, starting from the town center – areas further out have dirt and some boardwalk trails. A few places involve climbing stairs, but most of the trail is fairly flat, and is an easy walk. In winter, one section of trail around the falls is closed because of ice, but you can still drive there and take a look.
You can get to all the parks and many other sections by bus, although it would take some planning. There’s parking at different locations.
After seing the Château Frontenac, just have a rest at the opposite Jardin des Gouverneurs, a tiny park perfect for sitting and relaxing for a while. In this case, just looking at the leaves falling down by the wind...
Park on Rue de la Couronne: This park was located 2 blocks down the street from my hotel. It had a very interesting fountain.