Walking through Historic Quebec City

Quebec City is a magical place in Canada. First, it’s just different than the rest of the country. It feels like you’re in Europe more than North America. Secondly, it’s full of history. Whether your walking around the walled city of Old Quebec, taking a picture of the famous Fairmont Frontenac or strolling through the plains of Abraham, You’re bound to enjoy your time in this wonderful city.

My family and I were visiting Quebec City in late July as we drove across the country. I was excited to see Quebec City and walk the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec. We used Priceline to our advantage and scored the Best Western Plus, which was only a 20-minute walk from the heart of the city. For a room that was normally $170 per night, $80 was a great deal!

quebec city wall mural

We had two days to wonder around before we went up north to Tadoussac  for some whale watching. Our days were packed full of activities. As mentioned above, just walking around Old Quebec is an experience. It’s like stepping back in time. Cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, cafes. We enjoyed some truly amazing pizza and grabbed one of the best mochas I have ever had. Actually, all the mochas I had in Quebec were unreal. They must use good chocolate.

We visited the Fairmont Frontenac, which was good because it started to rain POUR just before we got inside. We also tried walking up to the citadel for some views of the city but it ended up being closed. One of my favourite moments in Quebec City was walking the narrow alleyways, taking our picture in front of giant wall murals, eatings maple syrup on a stick and just feeling nostalgic about the whole thing.

quebec wall

On our second night in the city, Cirque Du Soleil was actually putting on a free show (yes, free show), which turned out to be fantastic. Anything Cirque does is incredible but I really didn’t expect a free show to be so good. It was in french mind you but the artistic work blended with amazing stunts and performances made it a show I’ll never forget.  We were lucky to even get a spot. Just imagine the kind of crowds a FREE Cirque Du Soleil show attracts.

After two days in the beautiful city, I woke to my 29th birthday and all of us left for a stunning whale watching tour on the St.Lawrence Seaway.

If you ever get the chance to make it to the province of Quebec, make sure you spend some time in Old Quebec City. Grab a mocha, a croissant and walk the streets for a trip back through time.

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  1. In my opinion, Québec is one on the most beautiful places in Canada. Old Quebec is so magical. A perfect place to take your family. You were lucky about the Cirque du Soleil free show!.