Québec City, QC, Canada
Visitors to Old Québec soon see why UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure! You’ll love Château Frontenac (the world’s most photographed hotel), the centuries-old architecture, and the historic sites.
The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to the European charm. You’ll find horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers, and artists, particularly at Old Québec’s own open-air art gallery, Rue du Trésor. High atop Cape Diamond, stroll along the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area. Or come watch the ice making its way down the river in winter.
Why go to China when you can walk a great wall right here! Québec is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, with close to 4.6 km of walls and imposing gates to explore. Discover beautiful cityscapes and see how Québec’s defenses developed under the French and English regimes. Cannons, loopholes, a star-shaped Citadel and its changing of the guard, Artillery Park, and fortresses are all part of this outstanding tour!
Quartier Petit Champlain & Place Royale
How about a trip back in time at Place Royale, where Samuel de Champlain founded his first “abitation” in 1608? And why not do some window shopping in the nearby Quartier Petit Champlain while you’re at it! As you wander past period buildings along cobblestone streets, enjoy the area’s boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. There’s magic in the air, particularly over the Christmas holiday season. The oldest neighbourhood in North America is also home to Musée de la civilisation, a bridge between the past and future with its modern design and fascinating exhibitions.
St. Lawrence River & Vieux-Port de Québec
The St. Lawrence River—a massive presence cutting clean across the Québec area—cannot be overlooked. Gateway to America, it has been a part of the city’s economic landscape for over 400 years. Harbour and trade activities and the ever-growing number of cruise ships docking in the Vieux-Port de Québec testify to its importance. A public market, park, bike path and shows also bring the Vieux Port to life and help make this river-washed place truly idyllic. Near the bridges that span the River, the Aquarium du Québec not only provides an outstanding view of the majestic waterway, but also presents the marine mammals and species that inhabit it. Close by, the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is also worth a gander: the River flowing at your feet is simply spectacular! Visit Canada. Epic Canada Route © Monika Newbound