Quebec City Journals

Carnaval - Mardi Gras in the snow!

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A travel journal to Quebec City by Ben the Grate

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Quebec City is a great place to visit, any time of year. But few Americans are aware that Winter Carnaval presents a slightly more sophistocated (but every bit as naughty!) an experience as Mardi Gras...just a bit colder...

Carnaval - Mardi Gras in the snow!

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Overview

French Quebec Charm Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Go Snow Rafting on the Plains of Abraham. Try your hand at ice climbing. Sled down the snowy city walls at midnight. Pub crawl until you're so full of Canadian beer they have to ROLL you home. Visit the Ice Palace, or stay in the Ice Hotel. Get your picture made with Bonhomme (just WHAT the hell IS HE, anyways??) Slide down the frozen "Sugarloaf" beneath thunderous Montmorency Falls at 70 miles per hour. Hobble through the streets drinking hot "Caribou" from your hollowed-out cane.Quick Tips: Stay at the hostel, and book your reservations EARLY! They fill up fast, especially on Saturday nights. See more about the hostel in it's own section. Go grocery shopping outside the city walls...Read More

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec

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Hotel | "HI Auberge de Jeunesse"

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The HI hostel here in Quebec City is one of the finest hostels I've EVERY stayed at...and I've been to PLENTY of them! It's huge, with plenty of room options, both dorm and private. Rooms are simply, as in all hostels, but quite functional. Restrooms are shared, but not communal, and they are always spotless. The kitchen is the true gem here. It's HUGE! The hostel used to have a cafeteria, so the kitchen is actually an industrial kitchen, complete with all the huge pots, pans, and gadgets that you'd expect from a restaurant kitchen. What this means is: there's enough room and dishes to go around, but it ALSO means that, with a little organization, you can make COMMUNAL ME...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Auberge Internationale de Qubec-Hostelling Quebec
19 RUE SAINTE-URSULE
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-0755

Eating Without Taking Out a Loan in Quebec

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Restaurant

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It's DIFFICULT to eat cheaply in Quebec City! Unlike her budget-oriented sister, Montreal, Quebec might as well be Paris when it comes to dining, which means two things: DELICIOUS and EXPENSIVE! By far, your best option is to walk down the hill from the hostel to Rue Ste Jean, hang a left, and leave the city walls. All down this street are cheap cafes, including some good Greek, but if you keep going, there will be a well-stocked grocery store on your right. The hostel's kitchen is so huge and they have like twelve refrigerators, so you've got no excuse! But you simply MUST try POUTINE while you're here in Quebec. The Quebecois invented it, and it ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Carnaval de Québec

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Attraction | "Winter Carnaval"

Carnaval de Québec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Ask around Quebec City and people will tell you, "We have NO IDEA what Carnaval celebrates, we just do it!" That's Canadians for you... Any excuse to drink! Winter Carnaval has been celebrated in Quebec for more than a century. Each year for 17 days in early February more than 1 MILLION people descend upon the city to take part in the revelry! (So make your reservations early!) It's important to buy an "effigy" as soon as you arrive. You can get them in every store or from street vendors. The "effigy" which changes each year is a small rubber image of Bonhomme (no one really know what he is, probably just a big friendly snowman). They're usually about $6, and not only d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Carnaval de Québec
Dufferin Ave near Grande-Allée East
Quebec, Quebec G1A 1A4
+1 877 266 5687 (Tou

Sledding the Sugarloaf

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Attraction

Sledding the Sugarloaf Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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**WARNING!!** The activities described in this entry are DANGEROUS! Participate at your own risk. A few miles northeast of town, the Montmorency River thunders over a waterfall twice as high as Niagara. In winter, the spray coming off this waterfall freezes instantly into tiny particles of ice, which collect into an ever-growing mountain that has been called "The Sugarloaf" for more than a century. By Carnaval time, the Sugarloaf has usually reached a height of about 75 feet. That's 75 feet of solid ice. For the adventurous, this poses numerous recreational possibilities, none of them safe. If you desire to risk your neck, there is a 30-story wooden sta...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Sledding the Sugarloaf
Montmorency Falls
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 663-3330

Chez Dagobert

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Chez Dagobert is the biggest dance club in town, and it can be fun during Carnaval. It's got two floors, the first being a pub/live music venue and the second being the disco.

To get there, take the main exit through the walls at St. Louis/Grand Allee and walk up Grand Allee a couple of blocks. You'll hear the club on your right.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Chez Dagobert
600 Grande-Allée St East
Quebec, Quebec G1R 2K5
+1 418 522 0393

Club with No Name

Attraction | "The Club with No Name"

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I have NO CLUE what the name of this club is (I was drunk by the time we left Dagobert and came here) but it evidently serves as the afterhours club for all the partykids in Quebec, though it opens early and serves alcohol until closing.

The dancefloor is small, but there were all types of people dancing there, and the music was GREAT! Best of all, it's only 2 blocks uphill to the hostel!

Just walk down to Rue Ste Jean where Rue Ste Ursule meets it and you'll hear the upstairs club. Coat check is a buck.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Club with No Name
Rue Ste Ursule and Rue Ste Jean
Quebec City, Quebec

Pub Saint Patrick

Attraction | "Pub Ste Patrick"

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St. Patricks, though it's a touristy place, is a DELIGHTFUL place to go for local or Irish beer. It's located just left off Rue Ste Jean a few blocks downhill from the hostel, and the staff can give you directions. They have several rooms, but I always sit in "The Dungeon," a dark stony room with a low ceiling and a blazing fireplace. One time I asked to sit there with my friends and they said, "Sorry, there is a private party." I was a bit toasty so I said, "Well, ask them if we can join!" They asked the lady who was celebrating her 40th birthday if the kids could join and she welcomed us in to her party. We bought her and her guests a round of drinks, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Pub Saint Patrick
45 Rue Couillard off Rue Ste Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 694-0618

Le Ballon Rouge

Attraction | "Le Ballon Rouge (gay club)"

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Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Balloon) is Quebec's gay dance club. It's small, but fun and friendly, and they always play good music. If you're a gay boy alone in Quebec, I recommend Le Ballon Rouge until about 1, and then walk the few blocks into the Old City to The Club With No Name to close the night. Then it's just 2 blocks home if you haven't met someone to go home with! To get to the club from the hostel, walk downhill to Rue Ste Jean, take a left and leave the city walls. You'll walk down the little restaurant row, and then the club will be on your left JUST before the big church.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2002

Le Ballon Rouge
811 Rue Ste Jean
Quebec City, Quebec