Quebec City Journals

Some highlights of Quebec City

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A travel journal to Quebec City by LenR

Place Royale Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: The capital of Canada’s Quebec Province is a French-speaking city where less than a third of people speak any English. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating and surprisingly easy city for English-speakers to visit and there are many good reasons to go there. This journal details some of them.

Place Royale

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Place Royale Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Place Royale is one of the most popular tourist spots in Quebec City and we found it quite fascinating despite the crowds and the cold weather. This was formerly the "market square" and was the heart of commercial activity in the early days of New France. It was quite crowded as all the tourist buses take visitors here as a first stop in a city tour and for good reason. This is one of the oldest areas in the city but it has been cleaned up and restored to something like its original condition. Although whether the postcard-style public square was ever as pretty as it is now is perhaps debatable.The name refers to the old town’s central square but is often extended to the wider Old Lower To...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2013

Place Royale
27 Notre-Dame St
Quebec, Quebec G1K 4E9
+1 418 643 2158

Rue du Petit Champlain

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Rue du Petit Champlain Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This narrow little walkway is the oldest part of town and claims to be the oldest commercial district in North America. It is located at the foot of the cliffs, below the Dufferin Terrace and the Chateau Frontenac and can be reached from the Upper Town by the aptly named Breakneck Stairs. It is about as touristy as it gets but we thought it was well worth an hour or two of our time and we really enjoyed it. French artisans built homes here as early as the 1680s and Irish dockworkers moved to the area in the 19th century. Now the workers homes have been transformed into art shops, specialty boutiques and restaurants, and the short pedestrian walkway has become one of the liveliest and most attractive p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2013

Rue du Petit Champlain
61 Rue Du Petit Champlain
Quebec City
(418) 692-2613

Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site

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Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Québec is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, with close to 4.6 km of walls and imposing gates to explore. Coming from a country where there are no fortified towns, we found it very impressive. The fortifications were built by the British in the 18th century and we are not at all surprised that they have become a tourist attraction. On the city’s northern and eastern sides, the low ramparts studded with cannons defend the hilltop while those on the western side the walls reach 2.5 metres and are more solid. Two elegant gates, the Saint-Jean and the Saint-Louis allow walkers and traffic into the Upper Town. We passed through each of these on a walk to the Parliament building. ...Read More

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Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site
100 St-Louis St
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7R3
+1 418 648 7016; +1

Parliament Buildings

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Parliament Buildings Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This is Quebec’s provincial parliament building, a graceful 19th century building just outside the city walls. The building was built in the late 1800s and I find it quite impressive because it is built in the Second Empire architectural style that was popular for prestigious buildings both in Europe and the United States during the latter 19th century. We walked here from Old Town and found it a relatively easy walk.One of the more interesting aspects of the architecture are the niches along the imposing facade which display 22 bronze figures of people who played an important role in Quebec’s development. Another feature is the bronze rendition of a First Nations family by the main door. ...Read More

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Parliament Buildings
Hôtel du Parlement
Quebec, Quebec G1A 1A4
+1 418 643 7239

Restaurants

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Casse Crepe Breton  Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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A few days in a city does not make anyone an expert on its restaurants but a short visit can point you in the right direction. That is what I hope to do in this brief piece.Most visitors to Quebec City spend most of their time in Old Town so it’s not surprising that many of the city’s better hotels and restaurants are also in this area. Let’s start with something cheap and friendly. Casse Crepe Breton is at 1136 St Jean Street in Upper Town. This warm and friendly restaurant in the heart of the town has savoury or sweet crepes and a cheerful ambience at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late at night. You can select a standard crepe or make your own then add maple syrup, salad or soup to compl...Read More