Quebec City Journals

A weekend in the Paris of the North

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A July 2000 trip to Quebec City by zabelle

Caleche Tour Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
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A weekend in the Paris of the North

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Overview

Pont Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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If you can't get to Paris this year or prefer not to fly then Quebec will give you an Old World experience without having to leave North America. You can be in Quebec City from New York City in about 8 1/2 or 9 hours. Pick one of the many first class hotels or a small auberge in the old city as your base, put on your walking shoes and hit the pavement. Walk through the old city and spent some time shopping for Native American art, maple candy or wonderful local pastel drawings on the Rue de Tresor. There are many artist who catch the flavor of Quebec on paper or canvas or if you would rather have your picture drawn this is also the place to do it. You will have a hard time choosing among the man...Read More

Hotel Manoir Victoria

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Hotel

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Be prepared to fall in love with this hotel. The rooms have a charm and presence that is so often lacking in larger chain establishments. The bathroom was large and well appointed with great water pressure and plenty of fluffy towels .The staff was very helpful and friendly, and the indoor pool was a luxury not often found in Quebec at this price. Breakfast was included and was a very good buffet (eggs, bacon, french toast, oatmeal, cold cereal, homefries, etc). The lobby has dark wood paneling and thick carpet. Very clubby, with an old and rich feeling. What you get here is the charm a certain something that no chain hotel can duplicate , no matter how many stars. The St. Jame...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2000

Hotel Manoir Victoria
44 Cote du Palais
Quebec, QC, Canada G1R 4H8
(418) 692-1030

Petit Coin Breton (Au)

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Restaurant | "Au Petit Coin Breton"

Petit Coin Breton (Au) Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The specialty of this wonderful restaurant is the crepe in all it's magnificent incarnations. The waitresses are dressed in traditional Breton costumes which adds a special touch to the atmosphere. Dining is on 2 floors, with smoking being in the upstairs balcony area. When we arrived, the restaurant was full but there was no waiting. By the time we left the line spilled into the street but no one was complaining and we never felt rushed.We could watch the young cook as she made our crepes as well as those of the others patrons. The cooking bar as right inside the restaurant. For my main course I had a crepe with asparagus in a sauce bechamel. Al had wild boar which had chunks ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2001

Petit Coin Breton (Au)
1029 St-Jean St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 1R9
+1 418 694 0758

Dufferin Terrace

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Attraction | "Terrace Dufferin"

Dufferin Terrace Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This is a wonderful boardwalk which passes by the Chateau Frontenac and along the cliffs, overlooking the St Laurence River. The view is magnificent, and in the summer you can look through the binoculars and watch the boats coming up the river. Of course you can do this in all seasons but it is quite exposed to the elements so it would be best enjoyed in the warm weather. This is a great people watching spot. You will be entertained by the street artist who will mime, sing, play instruments and basically do just about anything to earn a little cash. There is an information booth here, and the horse-drawn carriages are located right off the Terrace on the Place d'Armes. For a bit more ex...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 24, 2000

Dufferin Terrace
Place Terrasse Dufferin
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4P5
No phone available

Quebec Experience

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Attraction

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There is a lot going on here from the minute you sit down. There is a real waterfall that appears on the stage. You can smell the water and almost feel the mist. There are 3D visual effects that are startling and fascinating at the same time. This is a good place to get an easy and enjoyable history lesson about the early days of Quebec City and also the building of the Quebec bridge. It is dark and sometimes loud so I would not suggest it for small children. After the show you are allowed to ask questions about how the effects are produced and they gave a very through and interesting explaination. Seating is on benches that are not very comfortable and would be terrible for someone with a bad bac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 28, 2001

Quebec Experience
8 du Trésor St
Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4L9
(418) 694-4000

Caleche Tour

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Attraction

Caleche Tour Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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From the minute you step up into the caleche, you feel as if you have entered a world of long ago. There is something incredibly romantic and exciting about rolling along the streets and listening to the stories that your driver has to tell. Philippe, our driver, was a student and was doing this to get himself through school. He had quite a few interesting anecdotes to share with us about both the French and the English. I have been here many times, and still I was able to sit back and enjoy the stories he told both about the conflict and the eventual coming-together of the very different cultures that make up Quebec today. It is a very enjoyable ride, and you will be amazed at how regal you feel as y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2001

Caleche Tour
Place D'Armes
Quebec City, Quebec

Museum of French America

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Attraction | "Musee de l'Amerique francaise"

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This is a wonderful cultural and religious history museum of the French presence in North America and also the oldest museum in Canada. The museum uses a building that is part of the Seminary of Quebec, which was founded by Laval in 1663 . The former Chapel is a work of art in itself. Be sure to pay special attention to the lovely trompe l’oeil that decorates so beautifully the site where so much of the history of Quebec and the Seminary itself took place. Religion was a cornerstone of the founding of Quebec and that is what makes the Seminary where so many of th e early priests were trained so important. Religion effected almost every aspect of life in those early days and here you can celebrate t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2002

Museum of French America
2 Côte de la Fabrique
Quebec, Quebec G1R 3V6
+1 418 692 2843

Quebec City Summer Festival

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Attraction | "Festival d'ete de Quebec (Summer festival)"

Quebec City Summer Festival Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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For the past 35 years 11 days of every summer have been dedicated to the celebration of the Summer Festival in Quebec. I love driving up Rue Laurier and Grand Allee and seeing all the banners announcing the event and the dates. They look a little different each year but the message is the same, come and enjoy. The Summer Festival is one of the premier music festivals in Canada and Quebec is a city that loves to party, this is just another excuse to do just that. You will be able to hear a wide variety of performers both world famous and up-and-coming. Every possible musical genre will be represented; blues, rock, jazz or classical. Performances will be at one of dozen or so venues as varied as t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Quebec City Summer Festival
1087 St-Jean St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 1S3
+1 418 523 4540

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica

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Attraction | "Ste Anne de Beaupre Shrine"

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Saint Anne de Beaupre is probably the most famous shrine in North America; certainly it is the most famous in Canada. It began as a simple sailor’s chapel dedicated to Ste Anne and has grown into a magnificent basilica that is visited by the faithful from around the world. I have to admit that I have always had a fascination with Ste Anne even before I realized that I am related to 3 recipients of miracles at the shrine. Actually the first miracle was given to Louis Guimont and the best translation calls it a terrible pain in his back. He was totally cured as he placed 3 stones into the foundation of the chapel as it was being built. This was in 1658, unfortunately his cure didn’t stop him from bein...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2002

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica
10018 Royale Ave
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec G0A 3C0
+1 418 827 3781

Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica

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Attraction

Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The first time I visited the Basilica was for my cousin Alphonse's Ordination. I was 8 years old and was very impressed. The years have not dimmed that first impression. Built on the ashes of perhaps as many as 4 previous churches this magnificent Cathedral/Basilica has risen like a Phoenix each time to become a landmark to the hardy nature of not only the Catholic Church in Quebec but also of the people she serves. The original chapel dedicated to Our Lady was built close to this spot, if not exactly on it in 1633. Seven years later it was lost to a totally devestating fire. The church records were reconstructed from memory so there are some missing, especially tragic are the marria...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2002

Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica
18 Rue Baude
Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec Bridge (Pont de Québec)

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Attraction | "Quebec Bridge"

Quebec Bridge (Pont de Québec) Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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For me, the Quebec Bridge is Quebec. As we travel up Route 20 (The Trans Canadian Highway) each year I wait with anticipation our first sighting of this Bridge. It is like coming home. I can remember as a child my mother telling me that it was a Wonder of the World, and so it was to her generation who saw it in its amazing new glory. It was and still is the longest steel cantilever bridge in the world. It’s almost as if the highway was purposely built to give this sudden view as you round that last corner. The St. Lawrence River is 191 feet deep at the point and over 3000 feet wide. The current runs at a very swift 7 miles per hour. This is a mighty river and the building of this bridge was an ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2002

Quebec Bridge (Pont de Québec)
Quebec City to Lévis
Quebec City, Quebec

Ile d'Orleans

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Ile d'Orleans Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Originally named the Island of Bacchus (because of the profusion of wild grape vines) by Jacques Cartier, the modern-day Ile d’Orleans is still very much a farming area. No major development has been allowed to mar its bucolic beauty. The Island, which sits just east of Quebec City in the St. Lawrence River, is 34 km long and 7 km wide at it widest point. The Island is divided into 6 parishes, St. Pierre, Ste. Famille, St. Francois, St. Jean, St. Laurent and Ste. Petronille. There is only one bridge to the Island and that is on the north side. As you cross the bridge you get a very nice view of Montmorency Falls. The Island was settled very early and many of our ancestors had their be...Read More

Funicular

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Funicular Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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From its base in the Louis Joliette House to its top on the Terrace Dufferin the Quebec Funicular offers a unique view of the St. Lawrence and also the relationship between the upper and lower cities. For $1.50 per person you can take one of the 2 funiculars (cable cars). They were first constructed in 1879 using an original route already there between the two parts of the city. Originally the cars were open air and only ran in the summertime. They were rebuilt in 1907 and the Louis Joliette house was purchased to preserve it and also to give an indoor landing. It was also converted from steam to electricity at that time. Today, after another rebuilding in 1997, ( due to a fatal accident) the f...Read More

Shopping in Quebec

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Rue Petit Champlain Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Quebec is a shopping city. I decided that the best way to pass on my years of experience was to just break it up into areas. I did a very basic four. Are there more than this? Of course but these 4 will give you a very good sense of what Quebec has to offer. Rue Laurier- Rue Laurier is home to major Malls. I went to my first mall ever here when I was about 15. It was an eye opening experience. Rue Laurier is connected to Grande Allee, you just keep going west until you get to Sainte Foy. All the malls are one the north side of the Street and a favorite of mine is Place Laurier. Here you will find a several large anchor stores and hundreds of other smaller ones. Parking is in a covere...Read More

Quebec -River Tours

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Excursion ship Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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One of the best ways to see Quebec is from the St Lawrence River. There are two ways you can do this. 1. Quebec –Levis Ferry runs every half hour from the Old Port of Quebec to Levis. It covers the 1km in 10 minutes. Service runs all year. The cost is $8.50 for a car with up to 6 passengers and if you travel without car $2 for adults. This is an inexpensive way to take advantage of the spectacular view. 2. Excursion Cruises- there are several different companies that run tours from the Port of Quebec. You can take a 1 hour narrated tour or such diverse tours as Grosse Ile, Ile de Orleans, Cote de Beaupre, Ile aux Coudres and Whale watching tours. You can go for...Read More