As I was working for Orleans Express buses’ company, I used to go for a day or so in Québec City.
If you have only a day to spend in Québec City, the capital of the Canadian province of Québec, here’s my advices:
Start the day at Café – Boulangerie Paillard for a real French breakfast, croissant, bread hot chocolate, coffee – everything is succulent!
Summer days are the best to visit Québec City!
First of all, go to the old walls surrounding the city on your way to the Parliament Building. You can actually walk along the top of these ancient stone barriers, which are one of the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas. Québec’s capitol, which is called the Hôtel du Parlement, sits on higher ground, affording a great view of the old city. But if you want to see more, go to the Observatoire de la Capitale, which offers a stellar view of the city, along with an exhibit on Québec City history.
Walk along the boardwalk promenade, near the Hotel Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (one of the most photographed Castle in the world!), which offers great views of the St. Lawrence and at this time of year hosts street musicians and performers. You can then rode the Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec, which runs to Lower Town.
Stop by the train station: Via Rail. The architecture is stunning!
Québec City is very similar to an European City, from its architectural diversity to its natural landscapes. If you are French or from Europe and home sick, I encourage you to spend some days there. You’ll feel automatically better!
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.