The Best Things To Do In Quebec City

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The Best Things To Do In Quebec City

22 May 2019

As far as port cities go, there are few as atmospheric as Quebec City. It’s filled with honey-coloured cobblestone paths and magnificent architecture, all waiting to be experienced firsthand.

The historic district of Old Québec (or Vieux-Québec) is a listed the UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been beautifully restored. There is a lot to see in this district which is encircled by a stone wall which visitors can climb for a unique point of view of the city. Old Quebec is divided into two distinct areas; la Basse-Ville (lower town) and Haute-Ville (upper town). Upper Town is the most popular tourist district and shouldn’t be missed.

Start off down at the river with a visit to Place-Royale. It’s a picturesque square which is historically important, being the site of the first European Colony in Canada. As a result, it has a distinctly European feel and is flanked on all sides by seventeenth century houses and beautiful facades. Take it all in with a fresh cup of coffee, and a light breakfast of a fluffy French crepes and Canadian maple syrup before taking the funicular up the hill (unless you’re fit and up for a bit of exercise!). Make a trip to see Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, the most important and biggest Catholic Church in Quebec. Founded in 1647 and completed in 1844, it’s a lovely sight. Designed by Jean Baillairgé, the interior is filled with ornate carvings, impressive paintings, and beautiful stained glass.

An amazing trip which is educational to boot is a visit to the Morrin Centre. This building dates back over 200 years and was Quebec City’s first ever prison. Now it’s one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. Today it’s home to the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec and also serves as a museum and library – the city’s only English library. Today it is a museum and a learning centre. You can tour the buildings and old jail cells, visit the Victorian-style library, and learn about the history of the prison.

Then take a stroll up to Château Frontenac, possibly Quebec’s most famous building. The luxury five-star railway hotel towers over the city from a steep cliff. Passers-by can experience the hotel without the hefty price tag by visiting one of the restaurants, stopping for a coffee at the ground floor Starbucks, and complimentary water in the grand lobby. Supposedly, this is the most photographed hotel in the world. For lunch, there’s no other option but the quintessential Quebec meal of poutine. If you haven’t heard already, its slap chips, gravy, and melted cheese. If the very thought of it isn’t making your mouth water, you’ll just have to trust us; it’s incredible. Try it and you’ll be hooked. Conveniently, there’s a great poutine restaurant named Le Chic Shack across the road from Château Frontenac.

Le Pape Georges is an amazing place to finish off your evening, where you can slip into a cosy 1600-style jazz bar with stone walls and dark wooden furnishing. It’s warm and atmospheric, with an always-buzzing crowd of locals.

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