Quebec City: An Old Favorite

The largest and oldest port in Canada is a classic stop along the St. Lawrence River

Drive from Quebec City to the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency to see waterfalls even higher than Niagara Falls.
Dating back more than 400 years, Quebec City is both the largest and the oldest port in Canada, making it a popular stop on the St. Lawrence River. Amble along winding cobblestone streets with fountains and statues, visit stone fortifications, or wine and dine your way through this UNESCO-designated city.

Historical Highlights
Head to the upper portion of Vieux Quebec, where fortification walls still stand around the old city, or over to Artillery Park to see a complex of military buildings from various centuries. The Musee du Fort offers a sound and light show depicting the city’s military history, while the Place Royale in Basse Ville showcases buildings from the 1600s and 1700s, as well as a statue of Louis XIV. Meanwhile, the Plains of Abraham is the site of an historic battle, as well as one of the city’s best green spaces.

Local Culture
Enjoy views of the river and the city by taking the funicular between Haute Ville and Basse Ville – there are also stairs, if you prefer a workout. Walk through Basse Ville to the fun Musee de la Civilisation for an intro to French Canadian Culture. Back in Haute Ville, visit Grande Allee boulevard to see Victorian mansions and enjoy some of the city’s best bistros, restaurants, pubs, and nightspots. Be sure to catch the Changing of the Guard (June through September) at the Citadelle.

Wine and Dine
Dufferin Terrace is close to many great restaurants, as well as charming shops and street performers. A stop at a sidewalk café is a must for café au lait and a croissant, while other staples of the region include baked beans, poutine, pea soup, and meat pies. Special French Canadian dishes to order include cipaille (a meat pie), trempette (bread topped with maple syrup), Brome Lake duck, and pot-en-pot (a dish of seafood and potatoes). Charming outdoor cafes can be found all along the streets of the Old City for a great dining experience.

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