With its cobblestone streets, soaring spires and river panoramas, the jewel in French Canada’s crown has plenty of Old World charm
Get your bearings in this most beautiful of Canadian cities and learn about Quebec’s colourful history.
Morning: Head up to the Plains of Abraham to discover the story of a battle that changed the course of Canadian history, when the British fought the French and won a remarkable victory in 1759.
Noon: Cross the mighty Saint Lawrence River on the ferry to Levis and look back to a glorious panorama of cliffs rising above the water — and work out how the British forces managed to miraculously scale them.
Night: Pay a visit to Aux Anciens Canadiens Restaurant and indulge in hearty Quebecois favourites such as meat pie with fruit preserve or a plate of garlic escargots, all served in a serene and traditional environment. Don’t miss the maple syrup crème brûlée for dessert.
See the best of Quebec’s buildings and enjoy the feeling of one of North America’s most unique townscapes.
Morning: Explore the mighty gates and walls of the Ramparts of Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only remaining city walls on the continent. Enjoy glorious views down into the Old Town.
Noon: Stroll along to the Marche du Vieux-Port de Quebec, the Old Port market. There’s a huge variety of cheeses and pastries on sale, so you can pick up a picnic and eat it looking out at bobbing boats on the Saint Lawrence.
Night: Dine at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel — one of Quebec’s most distinctive buildings and the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 thriller I Confess. Check into the Hitchcock Suite and try not to have any nightmares.
Revel in religion, trains and poutine (french fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds) — three enduring Quebec traditions.
Morning: For quiet reflection, visit the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church, one of the oldest in staunchly Catholic Quebec and a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Movie fans might recognise it as a location in the 2002 crime-caper Catch Me If You Can.
Noon: Quebec City’s main bus/train station, Gare du Palais (Palace Station), is a marvel. Enjoy its chateau architecture before hopping on a train to nearby Sainte-Foy — a former city, west of downtown Quebec — to enjoy the gorgeous scenery for next to nothing.
Night: Grab a generous plate of poutine. All three Brynd Smoked Meat outlets in the city do a humdinger version with huge helpings of mustard, meat, pickles and parmesan.