Quebec

Quebec City: Where to Stay and What to See

Quebec City is one of Canada’s most historical and fascinating cities and is famous for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebration, the Summer Music Festival, and the Quebec Winter Carnival.

Old Quebec City

Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some of the oldest streets in North America. The quaint, walled city with cobblestone streets is the only one of its kind that’s north of Mexico. Attractions that you must see are:

  • Chateau Frontenac
  • Rue Saint Jean
  • Place Royale & Petit Champlain
  • Old Port

Chateau Frontenac is a 100 year-old hotel and photographed more than any hotel in the world. Dufferin Terrace has spectacular views of the Old City. Rue Sainte-Anne and Rue Saint-Louis are lined with hops and restaurants. Rue Saint Jean is a charming street of historic buildings, concert venues, boutiques, and dining. Place Royal is the location of North America’s olest stone church, Dame-des-Victoires. The Old Port offers scenic views of the St. Lawrence River. The streets around the Old Port have antique shops and galleries that are fun to browse.

Valcatier Vacation Village

The theme park is the largest of its kind in Quebec, and a fun destination in summer or winter. The park features a wave pool, two rivers, and 35 water slides. In the winter, the park has skating paths, 17 lifts, and snow rafting.

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

The Montmorency Falls is a spectacular waterfall that’s 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls. Climb the stairway or cross the suspension bridge over the river for for amazing views of the falls. Montmorency Falls is only 15 minutes from Downtown Quebec.

Accommodations in Quebec City

Whether you want to stay in a contemporary, chain hotel, or want the Old-World charm of a boutique hotel, Quebec City has accommodations for every taste and budget. In addition to hotels and motels, there are bed and breakfasts and tourist homes throughout the city. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in Quebec City.

Parliament Hill

This neighborhood features a lot of green space and is near the luxury neighborhood of Mont Calm. The accommodations here are excellent for travelers with rental cars and thoe ttending special events.

Upper Town, Vieux-Québec: Haute-Ville

The hotels in this neighborhood are ideal for the visitor who wants the charm of European accommodations. Hotels near Chateau Frontenac are more expensive than in some other areas but are worth it for the experience.

Lower Town, Vieux-Québec: Basse-Ville

This region is an excellent choice for tourists who love small hotels with luxurious amenities. During the off-season, the neighborhood is tranquil, with few tourists.

Vacations in Quebec City can be customized for a weekend or extended stay. Whether you love nature, cultural events, regional cuisine, or historical attractions, Quebec city has something for every lifestyle.
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Life Amongst the Quebecois

After quite a bit of struggle with the relaunch, I am happy to say that we are finally back up and running. Thanks for sticking with me! It’s been a long haul, but I’ve finally re-established my brand new site.

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Jen. I am a photographer from Quebec, though most of my photographs you will find are from all around the world. You see, I live for travel. My photography follows me everywhere I go (as long as my cameras are working!) and captures all of the important moments that I encounter along the way.

I was born in Buffalo, NY, but my parents relocated to the Quebec area when I was six years old. We have since learned quite a bit of French (or Quebecois, as they’ve adapted it here!), but I’ve always been most comfortable with the English language. I guess that’s just what I’ve grown up on. Don’t worry, for all those born and raised in Quebec, I assure you that I comprendre le français de base and I can completely fit in with the local conversation.

Since we’re on the topic of Quebec, I figure I should share a photograph or two of my beloved home city. It’s such a beautiful place full of architectural prowess that would impress even the most astute of travelers.

 

The city is full of beauty – from the internationally renowned Chateau Frontenac, to the beautiful Saint Lawrence river, the old city of Quebec really has quite a bit to offer to both tourists and residents alike. Of course, when in Quebec, you really shouldn’t stray too far from the gastronomic scene! Quebec has some of the best restaurants – certainly in the area – but some would argue in North America. Here is a shot froma recent dinner with my family at one of the most classical restaurants in old Quebec City – La Continental:

Gorgeous, isn’t it? If you’re willing to pay the price, the experience you’ll get from this restaurant is one of the best in the world. I’m so glad to call a city that houses this experience my home. By the way, yes, the cherry dessert was magnificent.

Enough ranting and raving for now – long story short, I’m happy to have a place to call home on the internet once again. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read through all that I have to say. I can be a handful 🙂

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To your continued happiness,

Jen