EXPLORE QUEBEC. The Journey Begins Here.
Located at the convergence of the St. Lawrence and Saint Charles Rivers lies Quebec City’s. This piece of French Canada is perched high above the picturesque rocky cliffs. The City has an old European feel. Boasting to be the first French City in North America, the Old City dates back 400 years. The old city is the only walled city in North America and was named the United Nation’s World heritage site in 1985.
The area at the bottom of the cliff is referred to as Lower Town and the site of Samuel de Champlain’s first settlement. At this location they have beautifully restored market square called the Royal Palace. This quaint area has narrow cobblestone streets, lined with 17th and 18th Century architecture, boutiques, open air cafes, street performers, musicians and jugglers. Continuing down the streets you will come upon the Notre Dame des Victoires – the oldest standing catholic church in North America.
Ascend to the top of the cliff via funicular to the Chateau Frontenac, perhaps one of the most recognizable structures in Quebec City. Outside of the Chateau is the Dufferin Terrace – the vantage point where Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620. On this site is now a romantic boardwalk with spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and the Ile d’Orleans.
Accessible via a bridge, the Ile de’Orleans provides exposure to the Quebec Country side. See the 19th century resort homes of Quebec’s rich merchant class with exceptional views of the Quebec skyline. Visit the Sugar Shack where you can learn the history of the island’s production of maple products including sweet maple taffee. There is even a Maple Museum on premise.
Next explore the National Battlefield Park. This 250 acre park is the site where the French surrendered to the British in 1759. Explore the gardens and view the monuments and artillery on display. A stop at Cap Diamant is a perfect photo opportunity to photograph the St. Lawrence River, the beautiful countryside and the Lower Town. Visit the Grand Allee, lined with small shops, sidewalk cafés and boutiques
Visit the Montmorency Falls, where the Montmorency River drops over 272 feet to the beautiful St. Lawrence River below. The falls are 1.5 times higher than Niagara Falls.
Located along the famous Beaupre Coast and the St. Lawrence River is the St. Anne de Beaupre a catholic medieval basilica attracting 1.5 million visitors annually. This impressive, cross shaped building is built of granite and has over 200 stain glass windows. Located in the Scala Santa is a replica of the Holy Stairs which Jesus Christ ascended just prior to being sentenced by Pontius Pilot. The Scala Santa was constructed in 1891. The Memorial Chapel dates back to 1676.
Ascend 2,600 feet to the top of Mont Ste Anne via gondola and enjoy the dramatic views of St. Lawrence and the Isle of Orleans. Once at the summit a team of horses will pull your sled to the South-West Cottage. From there you can enjoy the scenic beauty and stop for some freshly baked pastries and coffee.
In the fall, the temperature in Quebec City, Quebec ranges between 60 and 80 degrees during the day. In the evening and early morning, the temperatures are cooler between 40 and 50 degrees. For daytime wear short-sleeve shirts and short or light long pants are suitable for most days. In the evening it is recommended to wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and I would recommend having a sweater and/or light jacket handy. Since the temperate can vary greatly it is always best to pack layers.
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