One Weekend in Quebec City

Québec City is arguably the most European city in North America. It is one of only a few cities with old fortified city walls, citadel and narrow winding cobblestone streets.

When I paid a visit to this great little city in the Canadian province with the same name, Québec, it was incredibly cold. It was March and I still think that I should have waited a few more months before visiting.

Weekend in Quebec City
Old Québec City

Freezing Cold Weekend in Quebec City

The Landmarks

I did explore and see a lot though. However, the city walls, an attraction that I really wanted to see, were closed off to the public because of the ice and snow. And in contrary to what I usually do whenever I’m in a new city, I didn’t walk around that much. During the weekend I was there I went out three times for short circular walks, each time trying to take in as many landmarks as I could before I was frozen to the bone. I always had to head back to my Quebec hotel or into a bar or café to warm up.

Weekend in Quebec City: St Louis Gate
St Louis Gate

Although I walked around only a little bit, I did see nearly all of the Vieux-Québec, or Old Québec in English. Greater Québec is relatively big, but the historic city center is surprisingly tiny and definitely walkable. I liked that a lot. That historic center, by the way, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site , which is always something that attracts me to a certain place.

To illustrate how much I didn’t walk, I should say that at one point I even paid a guy to take me around the city by horse-drawn carriage. No matter how cold it may be in the future, I’m never doing that again. It was a complete waste of money and the tour ran past all the buildings and landmarks I had already seen.

Weekend in Quebec City: Château Frontenac
Château Frontenac

Despite the freezing cold weather, my weekend in Quebec City was in fact worth it. It’s a gorgeous little city. It’s cozy, historic, filled with shops and home to one of Canada’s most recognizable buildings, the magnificent Fairmont Château Frontenac.

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About Bram


Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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