Historical Quebec is situated on the east side of Canada by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Quebec is the only Province that’s population speaks predominantly French and is the only one to have French as its official language. The old town of Quebec is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, with its cobbled streets and quaint cafes and gift shops.
The airport Jean Lesage International is located only 25 minutes by car and ports Le Vieux and La Basse-Ville are located on the Saint Lawrence river in the old city of Quebec. The ports can get quite hectic during the summer months with several cruise ships in at once. On these days the ships can be docked a little further down river. On these occasions the cruise ships put on shuttles.
Things to do in Quebec
The city of Quebec is a great city to visit all year round with the spring and summer flowers, the cascading water fall of Montmorency Falls and then the autumn foliage and finally the winter festival extravaganza.
There are a few bus tours that are available to take you out of town. Including a visit to Montmorency Falls which is located 12 km from the city of Quebec. Take the cable car to the top and walk along the suspension bridge, to see the highest part of the falls. From here you can walk down the stairs or return back via the cable car. The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre which is a major pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics and for miracle seekers. It has been said that the builders suffered from scoliosis and when the building was finished they could walk without any assistance. The Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre is also the largest house of worship in North America. One of the other tours takes you to the Sugar Shack to see the production of the maple products being made with the opportunity to purchase the many maple delights on offer. Then for the more adventurous and able scenic biking and rafting tours are available.
Other things to do in Quebec include a visit to the Albert Gilles copper art museum and boutique. See how this precious and delicate metal is moulded into works of art. The family business has been past down the generations, the founder Albert Gilles was the creator of the doors at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre.
Some of the best panoramic views of the city can be seen from Observatoire de la Capitale Quebec’s tallest building at 132 metres. There you can also see the history of the winter festival mascot Bonhomme, which takes place annually from January 30th.
For a real treat why not have breakfast or high tea at the Houses of Parliament. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment. I would also recommend a visit to Chateau Frontenac, with its river view facing restaurant and historical past. See where Sir Winston Churchill and president Franklin Delano Roosevelt met to discuss war and peace.
Another great way to see the skyline of the city is to take the ferry across the Saint Lawrence River. During the winter the almighty river freezes over and becomes one large sheet of ice. The coast guards are called into action to clear the busy shipping lanes.
If you enjoy a stroll, one of the lovely green spaces of Quebec is the Planes of Abraham or also known as Battlefields park. This now tranquil space was the battle ground to the British and French in 1759. There is a multi-media show and display in the discover Pavilion.
As well as lots to do and see in Quebec there is lots to see further down the coast too and only a few hours drive from New York the possibilities are endless. Why not do a cruise and stay vacation. You could hire a motorhome and explore the quaint states of New England or maybe a hotel stay in New York for a few days.