Quebec Travel Guide

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Quebec Things to Do

  • Montmorency Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Niagara is wide, Montmorency is high. Not so spectacular as its neighbour, these falls, not far from town, impress by the highness, and are enclosed in a beautiful park. the descent at its side allow nice views.

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  • Place Royale & Le Petit Champlain

    Now this is something special: A fresco of Québec City that displays the city's most important sights and people. In 1999, 12 French and Quebecois artists painted a wall of 420 m² to show QC changing through the seasons.Between the different buildings, you can see different personalities of the city: * Jacques Cartier, an explorer of the New...

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  • Chateau Frontenac

    The Chateau Frontenac built in 1893 by American architect Bruce Price for the Canadian Pacific Railway company. Though not as old as the surrounding old town and built specifically to attract tourist, this place, much like the Eiffel Tower in Paris has been adopted by citizens and visitors alike as the symbol of Quebec.

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Quebec Hotels

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Quebec Restaurants

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  • Aux Anciens Canadiens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The house this restaurant is in, Maison Jaquet, is the oldest house in Quebec City and dates to 1675. Before that, the property belonged to the Ursuline convent behind it. In the early 19th century, author Philippe-Aubert de Gaspé who wrote "Les Anciens Canadiens" (thus, the name of the restaurant) lived here. The house has been a restaurant since...

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  • Le Cochon Dingue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When I checked out of the bookstore with my travel guide of Quebec City, the cashier told me to make sure I went to the restaurant with the big pig on the sign. She couldn't remember the French name, but she definitely remembered the food! Shortly after my arrival in Quebec City, I stumbled upon the restaurant with the pig sign: Le Cochon Dingue...

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  • Casse-Crepe Breton

    4 out of 5 stars

    In case you're in the need for crepes à la Francaise, you should check out this place. Casse-Crêpe Breton offers a large selection of Breton-style crepes and this the whole day long! The food is good, service is alright. I had a sweet crepe which was so thickly covered with jam I could hardly swallow it... maybe I was too full already!?

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Quebec Nightlife

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  • Grande-Allee

    After our group evening meal out, we broke up into smaller groups as we made our way back to the Loews hotel, some opting for a taxi instead of the climb up the cliffs separating the harbour from the heights above! However, I along with guys from Ontario and Indiana ended up at a street bar just across from the hotel. It was a warm summer night and...

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  • Maurice Nightclub

    Chez Maurice is the more upscale of places to go in Quebec City. The downstairs plays the usual dance music found in Quebec while the upper bar's music varies with. Fridays tend to be the most fun as the bar is packed and it's Latin night upstairs. Dress to impress or come during one of their many theme nights.

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  • Chez Dagobert

    The Grande-Allee could be described as Quebec City's nightclub strip, and one of the most popular nightclubs on Grande-Allee is Chez Dagobert. "Le Dag" is located in a massive brick house and it seems like it's been around forever. I remember growing up down east we were always excited at the thought of going out Chez Dagobert anytime we were in...

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Quebec Transportation

  • Via Rail (train)

    We thought it would be a breeze walking from the station to our lovely lodgings: a quick, close 8-10 minute walk, or so it appeared by Google map. BUT our little route was riddled with BIG hills, & worse, the sidewalks were cobblestone, which ended up wrecking one of our rolling (carry-on size) suitcases. It didn't help that it was raining & very...

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  • Funiculaire du Vieux Quebec

    When you just don't have enough energy to make it back up to the upper city from the lower, at the end of Petit Champlain is this Funicular to get you up there for $1.5 Canadian. Definitely give it a try for at least one trip for the great views

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  • Orleans Express (bus)

    I had booked round trip tickets toronto - Riviere du loup. My bus to return home was delayed which happens sometimes. The wheater conditions were fine no mechanical issues on the way but still missed a connection in montreal. I had to wait until the next morning before I could leave again and therefore missing work. Olean express never offered a...

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Quebec Shopping

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  • Shopping in Vieux Quebec

    The day we visited the Chateau Frontenac we were told there were 1000 students on a visit to the city and wherever we went there were crods of students. We thought we might be safe in the Chateau's shopping arcade, however it was worse as the the hotel was 100 years old and reflected the style of that period, narrow corridors and small shops. For...

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  • Quartier Petit Champlain

    Quartier Petit Champlain is without a doubt one of the best shopping districts I have found and really enjoyed walking about. For all the details I just provided their web site but the ambiance of the place is amazing especially during the Carnaval when all the merchants share in the celebration with their own ice sculptures in front of their...

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  • Rue Saint-Jean

    So you found the Plains of Abraham and are dying to have a picnic there? You'll find everything you need (and more!) at J.A. Moisan, the oldest grocery store in North America. Established in 1871 as a "fine epicerie", J.A. Moisan has always been the place to go to find fine imported products that are impossible to find elsewhere. Nothing much has...

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Quebec Local Customs

  • Local food and drinks

    Through our trip to the provences of Quebec and New Brunswick we would stop at a restaurant and see the mysterious word "Poutine" on the menu. Finally I was brave enough to ask, "What the heck IS Poutine" and a kind waiter explained it to me. Poutine is uniquely French Canadian and is French fries with cottage cheese and gravy. What? Yep French...

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  • Languages (French, English)

    Outside the Old City, very few people speak fluent English, but in the tourist area, most everyone speaks English. Signs, however, are often only in French (unless the English is smaller), so take caution if you are driving! It is handy to learn at least a few french phases.

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  • History, culture and politics

    When walking through an old city you will always come across some nice brass monuments preserving the history of the district and the way of life. We found this brass monument whilst walking the old town just after 9pm and we thought how good it was and a great reminder to our generation of how life was a century ago. It is a recent piece of art...

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Quebec Warnings and Dangers

  • Walking in Quebec City

    Even though Quebec is very much a tourist-orientated city, it is still a working city. As such it has its residential neighbourhoods, which, despite being in the city centre, are just that little bit off the tourist-path. Of course the city's "powers-that-be" will always try and keep it's tourist-face as clean and presentable as possible but as...

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  • Safety

    Hello everyone, I live in Quebec City and I can assure you that this city is 100% safe, absolutely everywhere and at anytime, day or night. Of course, there is certain areas that are not as pleasant to look at as the Old City, but even there it's 100% safe. Keep in mind that the crime rate in Quebec City is among the lowest in Canada, handguns are...

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  • Driving and parking

    ... It's a joke ! "Wo" was the call french canadian used to use for stopping horses...some years ago. More seriously, the trafic sign are pretty similar to those you will see in United States. Just take care that you cannot always turn right on red lights, espacially in Montreal. If this is forbidden, there will be a sign. More information on the...

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Quebec Tourist Traps

  • Souvenir shops in Vieux Quebec

    Don't buy the maple products, like sirup and cookies, at the tourist stores, it's too expensive. In the tourist area just buy the maple sugar candies because they don't have at the grocery stores. You can go at any grocery store off the tourist area and find it. The sirup in glass jar is very expensive but the look is cute i agree.

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  • Taxes & Exchange rates

    If you buy a city pass, you have to pick it up at an International Currency Exchange location. Do not convert your US currency for Canadian currency here. Although it sounds very official, the day I exchanged my money they were offering 1.04 Canadian to the US dollar, and then charging 4 cents on the dollar for the transaction, so you were...

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  • Chateau Frontenac

    As much as we would like it, the Famous Chateau Frontenac, symbol of the city was not, contraryly to hat some guides have told been built by Samuel De Champlain, founder of the city 400 years ago. Not only didn't he build it, but he never heven saw it or thought of it. The Chateau was actually built,in 7 stages starting in 1892 by the Canadian...

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Quebec What to Pack

  • Winter, summer & rain gear

    Quebec City is one of Canada's snowiest cities. On average, we receive 3 m of snow every year but the 2007-2008 winter was our snowiest ever, with about 5.6 m of snow!! It is not rare to see the first snowfall in October, but we sometimes have to wait until January before there is any snow to speak of. As a rule of thumb, the milder the temperature...

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  • Travel guides & Dictionaries

    To explore Quebecs big cities Montreal and Quebec City an up to date guidebook is very useful. I had the Fodors guide, which is updated every year. It describes the things to see and do and lists accomodations and restaurants in all price ranges. Last but not least it includes a detailed map with streetfinder.

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  • There's no winter like a Quebec City...

    Quebec City is one of Canada's snowiest cities. On average, we receive 3 m of snow every year but the 2007-2008 winter was our snowiest ever, with about 5.6 m of snow!! It is not rare to see the first snowfall in October, but we sometimes have to wait until January before there is any snow to speak of. As a rule of thumb, the milder the...

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Quebec Off The Beaten Path

  • Ile d'Orleans

    On a trip to Quebec City, a stoll down the Orleans island is a must. This island is not densely populated and it's people have preserved the atmosphere that the island has had for centuries. It's one of the first location of french settlement. The original settlers built schools, church and various shipyards that can still be seen today. There...

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  • Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica

    Each year, more than a million and a half pilgrims and visitors come to the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré for a time of peace, calm, and prayer. The shrine is located 35 kilometers from Quebec. Cardinal Maurice Roy consecrated the present Basilica on July 4, 1976. The shear size of the structure is what makes it so impressive and the inside...

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  • Montmorency Falls

    The Montmorency Falls are 83 metres high (i.e., 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls) and form the heart of this historic site that was so dear to many 18th and 19th century painters (e.g., Peachey, Bouchette, Cockburn, Todd, and Krieghoff). The falls are the climax of the Montmorency River, which has its source several kilometres to the north and...

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Quebec Sports & Outdoors

  • Carnaval de Quebec

    If you have followed any of my pages across the north you will have seen many different aboroginal groups featured so when I got to the Carnaval and saw the Cree exhibits I was delighted to go to that section of the carnaval and explore around. I would encourage you to spend some time at this part of the Carnaval as well. Here I added some more...

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  • Winter sports

    Local all-vertical-surface-climbing training outfit Roc Gyms handles instruction and trips for all levels of climbers, beginner to advanced. For the absolute beginner, they run half- and full-day sessions at the Chute de Montmorency that are a great introduction to ice climbing. Our instructor was laid-back, but knew what he was doing and...

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  • Jacques-Cartier National Park

    Located only 30 minutes north of Quebec City, the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier truly is the city's "largest playground"! In the summertime, the park becomes a haven for all canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cycling, camping and hiking lovers - during winter, you can bring your snowshoes or skis to explore the 55 km of trails winding through the...

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  • Walking around Quebec City

    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...

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  • Frescos

    During our guided tour of old Quebec city we walked the streets down by the river and eventually came to some buildings that had murals painted on the wall showing a scene from 300 years ago. From the distance (100 metres) it looked as though there were real people in the old town. The closer we came to the building we could see that it was only a...

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  • Quebec's Military Background

    It seems the famous “Plains of Abraham” were named after a farmer of that name who had farmed them some years before the British arrived. That happened on the morning of 13 September 1759 and their arrival that day surely must have put the Marquis right off his breakfast! I’ve asked, I’ve researched, but nowhere can I find a good reason why...

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Top 5 Skiiing Destinations: Mont Tremblant

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While many skiers will argue that all the great skiing in North America is in the West, Mont Tremblant has been single-handedly fighting for the East's reputation. A short 90-minute flight from Montreal, Mont Tremblant is also located in Quebec, and with that, comes all the luxuries of French Canada. In addition to great skiing, the mountain has 12 hiking trails, ranging from 1km to 20 km (.62 to 12.4 miles) round trip that also coordinate with the gondolas. If you're feeling up to it, you can hike up the mountain to a breathtaking observation spot and then enjoy a gondola ride down. Mont Tremblant has a very beautiful little village with adorable architecture and quaint shopping. For those looking for a bit more excitement, there is now Casino de Mont-Tremblant, which is even ski-in/ski-out for the skiers among us. For those who might want to arrive by rail, there is a quick shuttle that runs between the Casino and the pedestrian village.

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