Exploring Vieux Quebec

It’s North America’s only walled city and one of the most historic places in Canada. There are moments when you’re exploring Quebec City that it feels as though you’ve stepped back in time. Apparently, one of my ancestors helped to defend the city against the Americans (in the Battle of Quebec) way back in 1775, so I’ve got a bit of a family connection here!

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, one of the world's most photographed hotels

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, one of the world’s most photographed hotels

Despite being only nine hours from Toronto by car (or about a 1.5 hour flight), I’d never spent much time here before (not counting an afternoon when I was 10 years old). When you live in such a massive country with temperamental weather, there tend to be a lot of places you haven’t seen! However, this year, the Easter long-weekend presented the perfect opportunity for a road trip.

Our castle for the weekend

Our castle for the weekend

We were lucky enough to be staying at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. This iconic castle is of the most photographed hotels in the world and in December it will be turning 120!

Vieux Quebec

Vieux Quebec – Lower Town

A chilly destination in the winter months, we were met with sunshine throughout the weekend. With only two nights to spend here, we had lots to pack in! There was no time to be wasted. We started the morning off with a big brunch at the hotel, to keep us going for the day.

The perfect place to enjoy some sun

The perfect place to enjoy some sun

Our first stop was Le Citadelle de Quebec, which is a great introduction to the city’s history. It was an easy walk from the hotel and we saw the historic Plains of Abraham on the way (site of clashes between British and French). Built between 1820 and 1831, a tour of the still active Citadelle is a great introduction to Quebec City’s impressive history. The tour ran for one hour and cost $10 per person.

Stepping back in time

The city is split into an Upper Town and Lower Town, both of which are perfect for exploring on foot (there are no cars on the streets of the Lower Town). Hours were spent wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets and at times it feels as though you could be in Europe.

Beautiful old doors

Beautiful old doors

We capped off the day with a horse and carriage ride through the Old Town, followed by hot drinks at the hotel bar. It was the perfect way to end the day. Despite only having one full day in the city, we managed to fit a whole lot in. We had one final stop to make the next morning before heading home – the famous Hotel de Glace.

The famous Ice Hotel

The famous Ice Hotel

The Hotel de Glace is located outside of Quebec City and it’s a hotel made from 500 tons of ice and 15,000 tons of snow. It’s an amazing structure, but it’s damn cold inside! Although what else can you expect from an ice hotel?

The Ice Hotel - A bit too cold for me!

The Ice Hotel – A bit too cold for me!

The Hotel de Glace is a functioning hotel, however, I can’t imagine actually paying to sleep here. I guess you’d do it for the bragging rights? We happened to be visiting on the last day of the season, so things were starting to get a bit slushy in some areas. Before leaving I made sure to try the maple sugar taffy. Hot maple syrup is poured into the snow, to create a deliciously sweet treat. After this little sugar shock, I was quite content and ready for the long ride home.

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2 Comments on “Exploring Vieux Quebec”

  1. twoblackdoggies Says:

    Definitely a destination on my bucket list, I love the European, old world look of the city.

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