Amita's Guide to Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City, Quebec
Parliament Building, Rue des Parlementaires
In the early 17thcentury, legendary French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec and it became the first permanent French settlement in Canada. This French and English speaking city was once the capital of New France until 1760, and was the center of the new British colony for many years. Eventually it became part of the independent Canada. Quebec is the only city north of Mexico that is walled. In 1985 Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec), a historic district of Quebec City, became a designated UNESCO World Heritage city. It is divided into two sectors: The Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and the Upper Town (Haute-Ville). You can’t miss the historic charm when exploring Quebec City, it will have you searching for more.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
One of the most photographed sights in Quebec City that is a must stay is the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. This famous sight is located in Quebec’s Upper Town on the St. Lawrence River and towers about 18thand 19thcentury houses, which were converted into shops and bistros. Visitors will feel an elegant touch of historic Europe throughout the hotel. At the base of this incredible sight is a wide boardwalk that overlooks the river and the Laurentian Mountains. During the colder months, adults and children can enjoy winter fun by sledding down the giant slide on the side of the hotel on the boardwalk.
This star-shaped fortress was built in the 1800s to protect Quebec City from an American invasion, which never came. La Citadelle is the largest fortified base in North America that is still occupied by troops. It is currently home to Canada’s Royal 22nd Regiment. Every morning during the summer, the regiment wears their scarlet tunics and bearskin caps for the changing of the guard. It is a fun sight for all ages to watch.
The Lower Town of Old Quebec has its own historic charm. Steep stairs or the funicular car are the only two ways to get to and from this area. Within the streets are unique shops and homes that can be found amongst beautiful art and murals. Walking along the St. Lawrence River on the cobblestone streets, you can watch sailboats and ships pass by, shop at the market, or even relax and try a local craft beer. There are many charming places to enjoy the music from the street musicians while walking around.
Le Chic Shack
Located in an historic house right outside of Chateau Frontenac, Le Chic Shack is a unique dining experience for all ages. They are known for the gourmet burgers that are created with locally sourced-ingredients. There are a range of options burger for all preferences. Homemade sodas and milkshakes topped with delicious whipped cream are a treat to eat during or after your meal.
Petit Champlain District
The oldest shopping district in North America will hold a special place in your heart after you have experienced all that the Petit Champlain District has to offer. Cobblestone streets will lead you through artisanal boutiques and colorful decorative art shops that will be sure to catch your eye. During the colder months it transforms into a magical winter wonderland with twinkling lights and holiday decorations to put visitors in the holiday spirit.
This charming city will have you asking yourself why you haven't visited Quebec City sooner.