By: Lisa Ng
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But before the festivities, I booked a trip to Quebec City with my sister Amy and spent a fun week eating and exploring our way through La Belle Province and even stopped at this unique spa on a boat on our way home. Quebec City is currently ranked the no. 1 destination in Canada by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the walled city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure. Here are a few of our travel tips for Quebec City:
Getting There – From Toronto there are direct flights on Porter and Air Canada. Otherwise, you can connect from any other city via Montreal. Honda Canada was nice enough to lend us a brand new Honda CRV, so we chose to make a sisters road trip out of it. We left at around 10 AM after the traffic died down and the drive takes about 9 hours. We took our time, made lots of stops along the way including:
A visit to The Big Apple in Cobourg
Where to Stay – We stayed at two very different properties and I would recommend them both depending on what you are looking for. Hotel 71 is a hip boutique hotel that reminds me of a Kimpton. The rooms feel like a chic apartment loft and there’s a decent Italian restaurant, complimentary bike rentals and all the Nespresso you can drink in their cozy coffee lounge.
The Hilton Quebec is a larger conference-type hotel with over 500+ rooms and more competitive pricing as a result. There is a heated year-round swimming pool, fitness facilities, business centre and a fantastic view at the top of Old Quebec.
Where to Eat – If you’re looking for a fancy blowout French-inspired dinner, look no further than Panache Restaurant inside the Auberge Saint-Antoine. Book the elaborate and epic tasting menu and you will not be disappointed.
If you have a craving for a crepes or just a nice, light and healthy lunch – check out Le Casse-Crepe Breton in Old Quebec. Their salad dressing is killer and a secret recipe.
For a lovely lunch or brunch option, try Le Petit Cochon Dingue where Amy and I feasted on a decadent Lobster Salad and Shrimp Roll.
Shrimp Roll from Le Petit Cochon Dingue
Eat a Poutine – If you’ve haven’t had a poutine before, I personally think that Chez Ashton’s makes a pretty decent fast food poutine. I opted for the hot dog option (which I paid for later), but you can be a purist and just go straight up poutine.
See the Chateau Frontenac – they recently completed a $75 million+ renovation of this old historic hotel. It’s definitely worth a walk through. After you’re done, take a ride down the Funicular and walk the shops in Petit Champlain.
Putting the FUN in Funicular!
Where to Shop – Whenever I venture into Quebec I shop at Simons. It’s like a French H&M with great prices and ultra on-trend pieces. They have a fantastic swimwear selection and a house label called Twik for all your basic tees and tanks. Otherwise, a stroll through the streets of Old Quebec will reveal all sorts of lovely boutiques and artisan shops. If you have access to car, drive out to a shopping mall like Laurier Quebec and Place Ste. Foy for your favourite Canadian brands.
Visit The Quebec Aquarium – The Aquarium du Quebec was even better than I could have imagined. It was part indoor aquarium, but also set up like an outdoor zoo with polar bears, walruses and seals.
You’ll be amazed at all the wildlife here and it’s nice to take a sightseeing break and relax here.
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