The first thing you have to know is that Quebec is one of those beautiful cities, certainly with a lot more personality than Toronto, with an older and traditional look. When you walk through the streets of the so-called Old Quebec and designated by UNESCO World Heritage Jewel, you do not have the impression of having left Europe, and more specifically France; Perhaps it is because of the language or the architectural style, the structure of the streets, although it could perfectly be influenced by French culture here, of course very rooted, even the cuisine is similar, a Franco-American fusion.
To get into the subject, the first place we recommend you go to is the Observatory of the Capital, a building from whose 31st floor (the highest one, at 221 meters high) you will get a complete view, in 360 degrees, of the city. The San Lorenzo River to one side, and the most impressive views of Quebec. In addition to the views they have a kind of exhibition with data of the history of Quebec and even some curious data, as its most emblematic bridge, the Quebec Bridge, measures what three times the Eiffel Tower.
Plains of Abraham
For those who love history, this will be a must stop, as it is the scene of the famous battle of Wolfe to Montcalm in 1759, as well as being the great park of the city. In addition to the park where you can also do activities such as picnics, hikes or bicycle routes, you can enter the museum of the same name and which is located at the entrance of the park, where you will get some brushstroke on the importance of this battle.
The Citadel of Quebec
It is currently a military base, apart from a museum in which all the war conflicts in which Canada has participated are explained in an exhibition. Surprising the amount of them, since Canada, at least for us, had a reputation of being more pacifist than warlike, but it looks a lot like its neighbor, in this aspect as well. It is also surprising that at the entrance to the citadel you find two guards dressed like the famous guards of Buckingham Palace in London, the photo could not be missing, of course.
From here you get incredible views of Levis, the other side of Quebec, as well as having the impression of having traveled back in time, at the beginning of the 20th century, due to the architectural style and the atmosphere created on the street. A magical place, no doubt, from where you can also take the Funicular to continue traveling in time, to the Petite Champlain neighborhood, which we will talk about right now.
Petite Champlain neighborhood
This neighborhood proudly says that it is the oldest in North America, we do not know if it is completely true, although when walking through it, it is accessed from the Dufferin Terrace in Funicular (2.50 CAND $ per person), we can have the feeling That’s the way it is. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful places in the city, with its many squares, churches, and also a very colorful shopping area.
Just before crossing the wall, that is to say in the most modern area of the city but a step away from old Quebec, we find the Parliamentary Hill, with wonderful gardens and in front of the Parliament Building that is the seat of the National Assembly. You can take a nice walk among the fountains and sculptures that populate this hill.
View of the Quebec Skyline
If you take the ferry to the other side of the San Lorenzo River, you will reach Levis, and although it lacks tourist interest, it does offer a spectacular panoramic view of Quebec City and its skyline. Each ferry ride (5 minutes journey between side and side) costs 3.55 CAN $, but it’s worth it, especially at dusk and see the sun hide behind the silhouette of the oldest fortified city in North America after from Mexico.
Isle of Orleans
This is a visit in time, to the rural Quebec of the 20th century. Farms and traditional crafts, small towns that are still producers of fruits and vegetables that sell in posts at the foot of the road that crosses the island, and that the smell that they give off make you stop to at least take a picture of those products that are so good Pint they have.
Although there are also several routes that people usually do, such as the wine route, there are a lot of local vineyards and wine producers in the region. We stopped at Cassis Monna e Files where they have a large amount of products made from cranberry, among them a few wines that you can try in a tasting for $2.50 CAN.
This is a must of Quebec, these waterfalls are 30 meters higher than those of the Niagara, although of course not so well known, in a few days we can compare. For the moment tell you that the entrance itself is free, not the parking for your vehicle, the price is 12 CAN $, although there are two cheaper ways to park your car.
There is a parking lot right in front that charges you 5 CAN $ instead of 12, or if you are lucky you can park on the street for free if you park less than 90 minutes and if you find a clear location. Once inside you will find a wooden walkway that will take you to a suspended bridge at the top of the waterfall, but the best view you will get from one of the side viewpoints, or down to the foot of the waterfall, but then you must go back up on foot (there is a platform with a series of stairs) or using the cable car (although this is not free).
Santa Ana Canyon
An absolutely surprising place, at least that seemed to us. When you arrive you start to walk a path and immediately you will find a bridge over the waterfall of Ste. Anne, from there you just have to follow the circuit to see the waterfall from different points of view. The explanation of the whole place is done as a story in each viewpoint or bridge. You can also do various activities such as Via Ferrata or Tirolina. The entrance to the canyon is $13.50 CAN.