If you want to experience a Canadian city with a bit of French flair, then you need to visit Quebec City.
Situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, this is a town with good looks and a big heart.
We only had a day and a half there, but that was enough time to wander the cobbled streets, catch some street performances, and visit many of the top attractions.
The following is a little video of our time in historic Quebec City, Canada highlighting the top 10 things to do and see in this top attractions travel guide:
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1) Plains of Abraham
We are no standing on the Plains of Abraham and this is the location where the battle between the English and the French was fought. This was the battle that ultimately determined the fate of North America.
This battle was part of the Seven Years’ War and it would be the deciding factor over the fate of New France, influencing the later creation of Canada.
We just finished visiting the Citadelle and if you get the chance I would suggest you try to be here by ten in the morning. That is when they have the changing of the guard ceremony and it is a lot of fun to watch. They even have a pet goat that takes part so it really is a lot of fun.
The Citadelle is the largest British fortress in North America.
3) Chateau Frontenac
Now we’re visiting Chateau Frontenac, one of the most famous hotels in all of Canada. It is a stunner. It is just absolutely beautiful. We’re trying to capture it from different vantage points.
The hotel was designed by American architect Bruce Price. It was one of many “château” style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company with the goal of promoting luxury tourism. Today, a night at the Frontenac starts at $379 dollars.
4) Terrasse Dufferin
This boardwalk that we are currently standing on is called Terrasse Dufferin and it is a great place for a stroll. You can catch some street performers, eat some ice cream and you also get some great views of the river below.
The promenade sits right outside the Chateau Frontenac and it is 425 meters in length. You can also catch a funicular nearby which takes you to the Old Lower Town.
5) Quartier Petit Champlain
Petit Champlain is a neighbourhood located in the Old Lower Town. It is quite picturesque, especially when viewed from the Breakneck Stairs. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with small shops and cafes. It’s a really fun neighbourhood to explore with a camera in hand.
6) Basilica Notre Dame de Quebec
The Basilica Notre Dame de Quebec is the oldest church in the Americas north of Mexico. If you want to get a sneak peek at the crypt, you’ll have to sign up for a guided tour.
7) Rue St. Paul
We’re now walking along Rue St. Paul and this is a great place to browse for antiques and you can buy some souvenirs.
Just don’t leave your visit to the end of the day because you may find that a lot of the shops have closed.
8) Museum of Civilization
The Museum of Civilization is a great place to learn about the Aboriginal peoples of Quebec.
9) Port of Quebec
We’re here now in the Port Area. This is a great place to take a ferry. A lot of people come here to exercise, to fish and just to enjoy the views of the St. Lawrence river. It is a really relaxing place.
The Port of Quebec is the oldest in all of Canada and it played an important role in developing the region. Today you’ll find that cruises have replaced much of the former freight traffic.
10) Catch a Street Performance
And lastly, you can’t come to Quebec City and not catch a street performance! The city celebrates its performers and you’ll often find acts taking place in the town square and parks. Grab a seat for some live entertainment and don’t forget to leave a tip at the end!
And that concludes our brief but very enjoyable trip to Quebec City! We hope that you enjoyed this video and that it will help inspire your Canadian travels.
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