Quebec City, Canada is really a must visit if you’re traveling along the Saint Lawrence River. If you are looking to eat some amazing food, practice your French, or Quebecois, or walk the historic streets and snap some photo ops, add this city to your future itinerary.
Quebec is the largest province in Canada and its capital, Quebec City, is the oldest city in Canada founded in 1608 as a French colony along the Saint Lawrence River and the Gulf of Lawrence. Natives to this city speak a mix of Quebecois and English, so as long as you speak one language, or some French, you will be A-okay traveling through. When we were there, people could usually tell we spoke English and switched for us. Listening to everyone else speak rapid Quebecois was fun enough we didn’t need to participate.
When we traveled to the city, we took a walking tour which was a great idea for us. Our tour guide spoke English and Quebecois so it was an awesome way to experience the tourist attractions and the hole-in-the wall destinations only a native would know. Taking a stroll down the historic cobblestone streets is one of the best ways to see the city. We doubt you will have a bad meal while visiting Quebec. Every restaurant and cafe serves delicious and authentic food and most streets in the inner city are actually closed past a certain time at night so people can walk through the streets as restaurants incorporate outdoor seating.
The Fortifications of Quebec surround 4.6 kilometers of Old Quebec featuring old stone walls, look-outs, artileraly and more. You can walk the walls and even interact with individuals in period specific clothing to tell you about the history of the forts. There are also multiple beautiful churches throughout the city including Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec – even if you are not religious, the architecture of the building is sure to wow. If you want some nature excursions, visit Montgomery Falls or Jacques-Cartier National Park for some awesome waterfall and forest views.
Quebec City is absolutely stunning in the summer, but for
those who love the snow and ice, Canada in winter just may be the place to visit. Quebec City actually has an annual winter festival that is centered around snow if you’re interested! The Quebec Winter Carnival has been held for a week and a few days in February since 1955, where guests have access to a ton of fun activities throughout the city. These include ice skating, parades, shows, ice and snow sculpture viewing and competitions, and even canoe races through the river! Get full details on all the activities here. This cultural celebration is an event you won’t want to miss!
Please note: At the time of publishing, due to the rapidly changing situation from the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the United States, the marina(s) mentioned in this blog post may already be temporarily closed or will close temporarily due to limitations in place by local government authorities.
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