Balancing A Regular Life with Extreme WANDERLUST
The city’s cutest neighborhood by a fair distance, this area is an absolute must visit regardless of how many times you may have visited Quebec. I couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance this street bares with European downtowns. The area is ideal to explore on foot and even if you get tired, you will never be too far from a restaurant, a cafe or a bar. Obviously, we got ourselves some warm spiced wine to keep us going at -15C!
Quebec City is well connected by road, rail and air. We drove in from Ottawa and the ride takes about five hours. Alternatively, you could also take the VIA rail or the Greyhound from Montreal. The best way to explore the city center is on foot. Most of the attractions are located within a stone’s throw of one another in this compact city.
If you want to experience Quebec’s authentic vibe, you must stay in Limoilou. If you want to be in the middle of the action and prefer luxury, the city center is perfect for you. As with most Canadian cities, hotels are usually expensive and budget travelers should seek an Airbnb.
Arguably Canada’s fine dining capital, Quebec City offers a plethora of flavor to suit all palettes. The dining culture here is seeped in warmth and great service. Our favorite restaurants are Cochon Dingue for breakfast and Sapristi, an Italian kitchen that serves house-made pasta and delectable wine. Quebec City is also famous for its watering holes and Microbreweries in particular. Be sure to visit La Souche for fresh brews and Cafe Gigi for spiced wine.
Quebec sees all four major seasons, and this makes it seem like a completely different location depending on the time of the year. I am still split between visiting in the summer and the winter. In the summer, you find warm weather, outdoor festivals and fresh water lakes to swim in. If you visit during winter, you’ll find a snowy paradise, complete with frozen waterfalls, ski resorts and warm spiced wine.
If you feel like getting away from the city to experience Quebec’s wilder side, then look no further than the Montmorency Falls. Located just a few minutes from downtown, Montmorency Falls are one of the most spectacular natural sites in the province. At 83m, they are a full 30m higher than Niagara Falls. There are several different ways to enjoy views of the waterfall: from down at the base of the waterfall, from several staircases beside the waterfall, and from a suspension bridge over the crest of the falls. The park also has several activities such as ziplining, a hiking trail during the summer.
Next, we took the Funiculaire, which is essentially an old-world elevator, to check out the famous Château Frontenac. One of the most photographed hotels in the world, Château Frontenac looks like a castle from a fairy tale. This is also an excellent vantage point to admire views from across the St. Lawrence river and to sneak in a few selfies.
Ice fishing is not exactly a thing where I come from. In fact, fishing is barely a thing where I come from. Having said that, I was excited to give it a shot and there are few places better suited to first timers than that Nordik Village located by the river. The staff here is awesome, and they do their best to help you net a prized catch or two. And if you’re successful, they will even cook the fish for you on the spot. The toughest thing about fishing? Breaking live worms with bare hands! #gross
While you’re at the Nordik Village, be sure to check out the local market located right next to it. You will be surprised by the range of cheese and beverages they have on offer here.
Discovering Québec City on foot is awesome but seeing the city from 221 meters up is just spectacular! Situated on the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart Building, Observatoire de la Capitale offers 360-degree views of Québec City. The best time to visit is around dusk so that you get to experience the incredible Quebec City sunset.
Founded as a French colony in 1608, Quebec City was meant to be a representation of a ‘New France’. A land that would be distinct yet retain its cultural roots. Fast Forward four centuries, and the city continues to live by that tradition. Arguably North America’s most distinctly European city, the cobblestone streets, intricate architecture and delectable cuisine will leave you asking for more. Holly and I recently visited Quebec City and here is what we did!