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Quebec City, Canada—Historic Walled City With Artistic Murals And Great Architecture

History, Architecture, Natural beauty—the walled city of Quebec and beyond! One of the main attractions in the city is the historic fairytale Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel which will take your breath away! It is on the “Terrasse Dufferin” with the most wondrous view of the St. Lawrence river. If you can, stay here one night, awesome! To see more pictures, click here.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel, Quebec City Canada

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel

The walk on the “Terrasse Dufferin” east of the Frontenac is a sight to behold. You have an uninterrupted view of the mighty St. Lawrence river, the eastern part of Quebec and the Island of Orleans (Île d’Orléans) with its only bridge connecting it to the mainland. On the Northern part of the terrace, you will come upon the “Funiculaire du Vieux Québec”. It is an electric elevator cableway opened in 1879 & rising 195 ft. between the upper & lower towns, an awesome experience. From here, you can go whale-watching.

Quebec City, Terrasse Dufferin

Quebec City, Terrasse Dufferin

In Quebec City, the atmosphere is electric. It is a feeling of fun, holiday, new-experience! The people of Quebec are so very friendly and always kind and patient. You will find buskers and musicians almost everywhere and the quality of their performance is phenomenal! A walk through the town will introduce you to local culture, hospitality and foods. Poutine is a unique Quebec original food. It is French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. To see more pictures, click here.

Quebec City, lower town.

Quebec City, lower town.

In the “lower town” you will also come upon a beautiful wall mural, there are eleven of them in the city. The expression of the painting is exceptional and the artistry itself, outstanding.

Mural, Quebec City

Mural, Quebec City

You will also come upon the ferry terminal that will take you to the Eastern part of Quebec or to the island of Orleans. Walk north on Rue Dalhousie and you will come upon the annual summer international crafts exhibition. It is festive and you can buy local organic fruits, vegetables, honey and wine. A little further up you will come upon the Museum of Civilization. I would recommend you spend a few hours here. To see more pictures, click here.

Museum of civilization, Quebec city

Museum of civilization, Quebec city

From Rue Dalhousie, make a left on Rue Saint-Paul. There are some nice antique shops, clothing stores and restaurants on this street. Make a left when you get to Rue Rioux and another left at Côte de la Canoterie, this will turn into Rue des Remparts. A little climb back to the upper town but a very scenic one. You will walk along the ramparts with all their cannons on display on the left and pass the Seminary of Quebec on the right. When you get to the top (upper town), the Cathedral of Notre-Dame will be to your right and Le Château Frontenac Hotel a little ways to your left.

View from the hill of the Citadel in Quebec City.

View from the hill of the Citadel in Quebec City.

South-west of the Frontenac Hotel, you will find the historic Citadel of Quebec. It is huge and a lovely spot to click pictures of the local area as it is located at an elevation. West of here is where you will come upon one of the gates/entrances to the walled city of Quebec. To see more pictures, click here.

A Gate in the Walled City of Quebec.

Quebec Walled City Gate

Another gate in the Walled City of Quebec

Another gate in the Walled City of Quebec

You can walk on the wall if you choose to till you get to the next gate or you can exit and you will come upon the Gardens and the Provincial Parliament building of Quebec.

Parliament building, Quebec City

Parliament building, Quebec City

Parliament building has a garden in front of it with various herbs that can be picked by anyone, it is awesome! Located just outside of the walled city there are guided tours of the building. A walk in the city takes you down narrow roads with beautifully colored buildings that add so much character to the landscape.

Colorful homes in Quebec City

Colorful homes in Quebec City

There are lovely restaurants with their “Terrasse’s” (patios) all over town and some have talented musicians entertaining guests. Walk around till you find one that will make you happy. All summer long, there is free live entertainment, look for it, it is awesome.

 

Click here to see more pictures of Quebec City.

 

To go whale-watching, click here.

 

TIPS

  • We felt very safe here. People are extremely friendly and will assist you if they can.
  • If you don’t drink tap water, buy water at a grocery store and take to your hotel as water is pretty costly in hotels.
  • Download an English/French/English translation app on your phone, you might need it.

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