I finally got to visit Quebec City during my road trip out east in 2016. It was even more beautiful than I had dreamed. It’s tied for my Dad’s favourite city in Canada and given that I hadn’t been there before I didn’t understand why, until I finally got the opportunity to stop in and it quickly became my favourite too.
Quebec City is such a unique city, completely different than any other I have visited in Canada. The city itself dates back to 1608, so it’s full of beautiful stone buildings and VERY narrow streets. Driving in downtown Quebec City is, I’m not going to lie to you, absolutely the worse. I hated every second of it. So I’d definitely recommend just parking wherever you can and walking the rest because it is a bitch. (This is what I did, mostly because driving had caused me so much stress and anxiety I basically said “I’m done.” and pulled over lol)
Located on the Saint Lawrence River, the city is home to many amazing sights and attractions. If you’re visiting in the winter (you’re brave!!!) there is the famous Carnaval de Quebec, which is filled with beautiful ice sculptures, sleigh rides, and ice skating! Every new year you’ll find the Hotel de Glace, which is only a temporary venue made entirely out of snow and ice! I had a friend visit last winter and honestly, her pictures were breathtaking.
Other attractions, year round, you’ll find Chateau Frontenac (pictured at the bottom), which is a beautiful hotel – seriously, it’s stunning. Also, as stated earlier, just getting out of your car and walking around Old Quebec. Honestly, it was my favourite part. It’s a historic neighborhood and the area itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s incredible. You feel like you’ve been transported to France, I’m not even exaggerating.
There’s also Montmorency Falls, a grand waterfall surrounded by park area. The Citadelle of Quebec, which is a museum and an active fort with a very long history. I’ve visited the Citadelle, it was actually really interesting! If you love history I recommend it! There is also the Plains of Abraham (pictured above) which, again, if you enjoy history you need to visit here! For those who might not know, the Plains of Abraham is a colonial battle site from 1759! It’s a beautiful area that is rich in history.
That last sentence pretty much sums of Quebec City. Entirely. Beautiful. Rich in history.
Just a little PSA for anyone who plans on visiting (and I hope you do!!) Quebec is the French-speaking province in Canada, and Quebec City is a lot of French!