Quebec City Journals

A little piece of Europe in Canada

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A May 2012 trip to Quebec City by tvordj

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Neither of us had been to Quebec City and we've heard a lot of nice things about it. An overnight train from Halifax, some good friends to see and some history and French culture to enjoy and we're there!

Arrival in Quebec

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Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The lonesome whistle blows. The train passes through another small town in northern New Brunswick. You can hear the wheels scrape a little now and then as the motion of the train sways as it heads into another bend. We’re on our way to Quebec City from the east coast city of Halifax, my home town. The Ocean, the train that connects Halifax to Montreal pulled out at 12:15 exactly on Sunday afternoon. We booked a sleeper cabin on a Via Rail half price sale since the journey by train takes about 18 hours. You can drive to Quebec City in about 10 but the train would be a nice, relaxing experience. Or so we thought…Our cabin is small, just enough room really for the two of us and ...Read More

Churches and Citadels

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La Citadelle de Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The weather sucks today. Overcast and light rain. We slept well last night and had a slow morning since I was having back aches and the weather wasn’t very conducive to walking around anyway. Katherine and Keith were busy this morning so we lounged around and relaxed. Later when they got back, we had lunch and then went to see her church next door. This part of Quebec City is traditionally the Scottish quarter which dates back to the 18th century when the first Fraser Highland regiment was here, they fought with General Wolfe during the battle of the Plains of Abraham. They decided they didn’t want to return to Scotland. This would have been in the years after the Rising in 1746 so they m...Read More

Quebec Finale

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Vieux-Port de Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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It all went even further downhill from there. My back was very sore this morning and there was nearly no position I could lie or sit in that didn’t make that one spot hurt. We did walk out for breakfast at the Buffet place but I couldn’t eat more than a bagel. I really wasn’t up to anything more than the heating pad and the bed. I know Karine was going to meet us so I thought Graham should at least go rather than be stuck in a hotel room all day with me. She picked him up early afternoon and they went out in the rain to walk around the city and do some souvenir shopping. They saw the oldest part of the city below the cliff where there’s also a funicular to go back to the upper city. They were i...Read More

Le 71 Hotel Cafe

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Hotel | "Chic hotel in a historic building"

Le 71 Hotel Cafe Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The name of the hotel is actually just Hotel 71. The hotel has a later check in than many, 4 p.m. It's located in the heart of the historic old city, close to the old port and the quaint shops below the walls of the Citadel and Chateau Frontenac. It's right across the street from the Museum of Civilization.The room we had was on the top floor with an excellent view of the chateau. The ceilings were very high but possibly only because it was the top floor. The floors were hard wood with rugs. The bed a platform one with a comfy mattress. The bathroom was nice and modern with a shower area on one end of it, glassed off rather than one of those little shower stalls many have. Lovely toiletrie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Le 71 Hotel Cafe
71 Saint-Pierre street
Quebec City, Quebec
866-539-0036

Aux Anciens Canadiens

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Restaurant | "Traditional French in Old Quebec"

Aux Anciens Canadiens Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The house this restaurant is in, Maison Jaquet, is the oldest house in Quebec City and dates to 1675. Before that, the property belonged to the Ursuline convent behind it. In the early 19th century, author Philippe-Aubert de Gaspé who wrote "Les Anciens Canadiens" (thus, the name of the restaurant) lived here. The house has been a restaurant since 1966 and features traditional Quebec/French food.The serving staff wear period costume but are efficient and friendly. The menus are in French and English. They have a dozen or so "Table d'Hotel" fixed price menus in addition to the a la carte choices. The specials come with a glass of wine or beer, soup of the day or pea soup, the entree and a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Aux Anciens Canadiens
34 Rue Saint Louis
Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4P3
(418) 692-1627

Le Buffet de L'Antiquaire

Restaurant | "Tradition in a diner"

Le Buffet de L'Antiquaire Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Buffet Antiquaire is not a buffet restaurant, first of all. Second of all, it looks like a somewhat run down diner but don't let that put you off. Thirdly, The street contains many antique shops which is where the restaurant gets its name..There is a lot of traditional food on the menu in addition to a good all day breakfast as well. A lot of locals patronize the place and it's a little out of the way of the throngs of tourists but it's well worth trying.Le cipaille, traditionally "six levels" or layers of different meats and potato and sauce. There was another dish of pork "balls" with gravy and creamy whipped potato that I actually liked better. Cipaille is a traditional dish...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Le Buffet de L'Antiquaire
95 Rue St. Paul
Quebec City, Quebec

Casse-Cou

Restaurant | "Small but tasty"

Casse-Cou Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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At one end of the quaint Rue Petit Champlain which is lined with touristy gift shops, galleries and restaurants is Casse-Cou. We strolled down the streets of the oldest part of Quebec City, below the cliffs, trying to find somewhere to eat that was both reasonably priced and had food that wasn't too fancy. Most of the places in the area seemed to be very posh and gourmet for our tastes. We didn't want fast food or diners, but we wanted to be able to pick something from the menu we would both like and stumbled on Casse-Cou. Their menu looked perfect!Inside, the small restaurant covers two floors with a couple of steps to get in the establishment. The toilets are upstairs. The w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Casse-Cou
90 Petit-Champlain
Quebec City, Quebec
418-694-1121

Charbon Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "Surprising Steaks in the train station"

Charbon Steakhouse Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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We had to wait for a shuttle from the city Train station to the main station in Charny and hoped that the restaurants in the Gare du Palais were open. Only two were at this time of day (after 7 pm) and one was too gourmet for us but i spotted a steakhouse just beside the first one. We looked at the menu and thought it would be good as long as they could have us in and out in under an hour because our time was a concern.The restaurant is a fairly good size, with deep red leather and dark wood, impeccable crystal and shiny silver, with snowy white linens. The service was very good and the waiter very helpful. The menu has beef and seafood including veal, salmon, crab, lobster, foie gras, shr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Charbon Steakhouse
450 Rue De La Gare Du Palais (near Abraham Martin)
Quebec, Quebec G1K 3X2
(418) 522-0133

La Citadelle de Quebec

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Attraction | "Military might"

La Citadelle de Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The Citadel type of defence system was designed by a Frenchman. This fort in Quebec City was built by the British military and has been occupied by the military ever since. Currently it is the home of the 22nd Regiment of the Royal Canadian Regiment, or "Van Doos" which comes from the French for 22, "Vingt-Deux". The citadel has never been fired on or attacked and the current fort was built between 1820 and 1850 when the star shaped battlements were added. According to the official website "La Citadelle comprises two buildings constructed under the French regime, the only real gate into Old Quebec City, the official residence of the Royal 22e Régiment, the Royal 22e Régiment Museum and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

La Citadelle de Quebec
Cote de la Citadelle
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-2815

Vieux-Port de Quebec

Attraction | "Step back in time"

Vieux-Port de Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Vieux (Old) Quebec is a quaint area on the riverfront below the cliffs. It's the oldest part of Quebec city and the buildings are now restored and house restaurants, galleries and lovely shops featuring souvenirs and Canadian made craft items. There are only a few streets and they are narrow and cobbled. The main one is Rue de Petit Champlain, crossed by Rue sous-le-fort. There is an old public square called Place Royale with a little church in the centre. Not far from here is the Museum of Civilization and around the corner from there is Rue St. Paul which is lined with antique shops leading to the old Port where there's a good indoor market. You can climb up the steep streets or the stai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Vieux-Port de Quebec
333 Rue De La Commune Ouest
Quebec City, Quebec
(514) 496-7678

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica

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Attraction | "A place of miracles"

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The early 20th century basilica replaced an older one that burned down. It's located about 20 miles east of Quebec city and is a place of pilgrimage. Saint Anne is known for healing and there are many cases of people that were healed after praying to Saint Anne who was the mother of Mary and who is the patron saint of Quebec.In 1658, a few acres was donated to the church for a chapel. Miracles started happening while the chapel was being built and continued. The chapel was enlarged into a basilica eventually, welcoming thousands and thousands of pilgrims every year. In 1922 the basilica burned down and the present one was started soon after, taking about 20 years to complete.Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

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

Montmorency Falls Park

Attraction | "Taller than Niagara"

Montmorency Falls, Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Just outside and east of Quebec City is a large park with the focus on a tall waterfall, Montmorency Falls. The falls are 83 m. high (272 feet) nearly 100 feet higher than the famed Niagara falls though not as wide. The falls, set in a green park and surrounded by cliffs, are spectacular. We saw them on a sunny day and rainbows coloured the roiling mist at the bottom where it crashes into a river leading out to the St. Lawrence river.There's a set of cable cars, the best way to go from the visitor centre to the top of the cliffs for excellent views of the falls. There's also a bridge across and down the cliff on one side is a staircase with periodic observation decks that has 487 steps! No...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Montmorency Falls Park
2490 Royale Ave
Quebec City, Quebec G1C 1S1
418-663-3330

Morrin Centre

Attraction | "A Jail, a college, a library"

Morrin Centre Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The first military prison in Quebec City was housed in a French Royal Redoubt inside the walls of the old city on the site of the current Morrin Centre. It was subsequently used as a general prison. The building later was a college from the mid 19th century, and was the first in Canada to grant women degrees. It's a national historic site that now houses a lovely old Victorian library, the only English library in the city.In the summer season you can tour the old jail cells and have a look at the lovely library which contains some rare old books, some dating back to the 16th century. We got a private tour of the library though were not able to see the jails since we were staying with the m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

Morrin Centre
44, chaussee des Ecossais
Quebec City, Quebec

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

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Attraction | "English church in French Quebec"

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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St. Andrews is the only English church within the walled city of Quebec. The congregation dates back to 1759 though the current church only dates to 1810, enlarged in 1823 and renovated in 1875. Originally the congregation was mainly military when the Fraser 78th regiment was decommissioned and the land granted to them by George III.The church property includes a Kirk Hall which used to be a residence for the assistant minister and later, the sexton and is now a community hall and used for Sunday School. The manse is still the resident of the minister.Inside the church, the pulpit, lectern and communion table are centered on the long side of the church instead of at one end, wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2012

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
106 Rue Sainte-anne
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-1347

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