Travel Guide: Quebec City, Canada

Travel-Guide-Quebec-City

By: Lisa Ng

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I flew back to Toronto last month to attend Paul’s cousin’s wedding in Kingston. They had this amazing pie instead of a wedding cake and we cruised into the sunset through the 1000 Islands.

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:

Quebec-Bridge

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:

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A visit to The Big Apple in Cobourg

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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.

Hotel-71-Bikes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shrimp Roll from Le Petit Cochon Dingue

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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.

Chateau-Frontenac

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.

Funicular-Quebec

Putting the FUN in Funicular!

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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.

Quebec-Aquarium

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.

Aquarium-Quebec

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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