Quebec City Journals

Entertaining a 5-Year-Old in Quebec

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A July 2005 trip to Quebec City by zabelle

Chris and the cannon Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Quebec with a 5-year-old was an interesting experience for us. It reminded us of trips from long ago with our three children.

Entertaining a 5-Year-Old in Quebec

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Chris and the cannon Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Accommodations were one of our first issues on this trip. We had decided we wanted to stay on the Ile D’Orleans at a Bed and Breakfast. Our first choice required that Christian stay in a room by himself. Not only was this financially impossible but there was no way I would let him stay in a room separate from ours. Our first hostess suggested that we try the Le Vieux Presbyrtere, since they have a family room. It turned out to be a very good suggestion. One of the benefits of staying on the Island is the stellar view you get of Montmorancy Falls while crossing over to the Island. The bridge is a perfect viewing spot. It certainly peaked Chris’ interest. Montmorancy Falls is one of ...Read More

Auberge le Vieux Presbytere

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Auberge le Vieux Presbytere Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The meaning of Le Vieux Presbytere is The Old Rectory and when you arrive you will see why. It is indeed an old rectory which served that function for 200 years until the 1960s when a new church and rectory were constructed. You will find the driveway right between the two churches. In addition to offering accommodations Le Vieux Presbytere has an exceptional and very popular restaurant. It is built in the very typical style of Quebec architecture with a bright red roof and shutters. We chose this B&B because it had a family room. The room is on the second floor and it had two separate rooms, one with a queen size bed and the smaller room has 2 twin beds. Both rooms were very good size...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 17, 2006

Auberge le Vieux Presbytere
1247, Av. Mgr. D'Esgly
Quebec City, Quebec G0A 4E0
(418) 828-9723

Auberge Le Vieux Presbytere Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Auberge le Vieux Presbytere Restaurant"

Auberge Le Vieux Presbytere Restaurant Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Knowing that it would be late afternoon when we arrived at Le Vieux Presbytere I decided to purchase a package for the first night that included both dinner and breakfast. We were charged an extra $10 for Christian and our hostess told me that they would arrange a meal for him. This is a beautiful and very romantic restaurant. There are windows across the back of the house that give a beautiful view of the Laurentides Mountains and the St. Lawrence River. We were not seated on what I would call the porch but rather inside near the fireplace. Christian was the only child in the restaurant so I have to admit I was a little concerned but as is the case when only one child is present he was tr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 17, 2006

Auberge Le Vieux Presbytere Restaurant
1247 Mgr D'Esgly
Quebec City, Quebec G0A 4E0
(418) 828-9723

Restaurant Le Bellagio

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Restaurant | "Le Belagio"

Restaurant Le Bellagio Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Le Belagio is located in the Gabriel Gosselin House in the Lower City. It was formerly the Home of the Monte Carlo Restaurant. You can enter this restaurant from either side, we entered from the rear and were escorted to the patio overlooking the lower patio and the river. We also had a great view of the Chateau Frontenac.I will tell you up front that Le Belagio doesn’t have a children’s menu. They also don’t have a menu in English, unusual in this very bi-lingual city. I began my meal with a Belle Gueule Pilsner which is brewed in Canada in the Czech tradition, with a long unhurried fermentation. It was cold and very good. Al ordered the steak special which came with a bowl of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2006

Restaurant Le Bellagio
21 Rue Sous le Fort
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 692-5151

Quebec Zoo

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Attraction | "Jardin Zoologique du Quebec-CLOSED"

Quebec Zoo Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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SADLY THE ZOO IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED!!Let me begin by confessing that I am no zoo expert. For many years this was the only zoo that I had ever visited and it was a one time visit in the 1970's when my children were young. We once took a canal boat ride in London that briefly pasted through the aviary at the London Zoo but believe me it is not an activity I usually seek out. Over the last few years being a grandmother has meant that I have had to make zoo visiting part of my regular vacation activities, at least when I have a Houligan or two in tow.I was quite certain that a five year old was not going to be entertained by what I usually do in Quebec City, excluding a visit ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2006

Quebec Zoo
9300 Rue De La Faune
Quebec City, Quebec

Parc Aquarium du Quebec

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Attraction

Now there is a face only a mother could love Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This is not the same aquarium I brought my children to over 25 years ago. Then it was very simple with a few smallish tanks and the main attraction were the seals. Now I don’t want to say that the seals are not still a great attraction but this has been expanded beyond all recognition. Originally constructed in 1959 the expansion and rebuilding began in 2001 and the grand reopening was in 2005. They now have more than 350,000 gallons of water and 10,000 species of fish and reptiles. Chris however, was not nearly as impressed as we were. He has been to several other aquariums and certainly his parents have had a yearly membership at the Mystic Aquarium all of his life. We found the section ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2006

Parc Aquarium du Quebec
1675 Ave des Hotels
Quebec City, Quebec G1W 4S3
(418) 659-5264

Wax Museum Of Quebec

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Attraction

Wax Museum Of Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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For years as we visited our favorite gift shop on the Rue St Anne I have looked at the sign for the Wax Museum, it is in the same building but on the upper floors, and I have wondered if we shouldn’t visit. Now somewhere in my head I thought this might be a good idea with Chris. It wasn’t but it was a great idea for me. I think to enjoy this museum you need to be older than 5, certainly being able to read would be a big help. The good news is that Chris was free of charge.This is a very simple wax museum, don’t expect something along the lines of the fancy ones that we have in the US. Actually though, I found it very interesting. It covers a lot of the history of Quebec both distant pas...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 17, 2006

Wax Museum Of Quebec
22 Rue St Anne
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 692-2289