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Dusting Off an Old Post: A Weekend in Old Québec City

In April 2012 Caroline and I went to Québec City for a weekend. It’s a four-hour drive from Burlington, Vermont. Québec is known to be cold, and that’s exactly what it was. It was freeeezing cold!

After checking in into our hotel we picked up a nice little booklet with information on things to see and do, including a couple of city walks.

Shops in Old Québec City, Canada.
Shops in Old Québec City

Despite the bad weather, we immediately headed out to do one of those walks. One thing that struck me straight away is how small Old-Québec actually is. Québec as a metropolitan city has more than 500,000 inhabitants, but the historic city center is rather compact. The historic and cultural value is immense though. That’s why le Vieux-Québec (people speak French there after all) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cathédrale Anglicane Holy Trinity, Québec, Canada
Cathédrale Anglicane Holy Trinity

It really is a beautiful small city.

Old Québec City in Canada.
A walking tour of Old Québec City
City walls in Québec City, Canada.
The city walls were closed

Some of the snow hadn’t melted yet and that was the reason why the old city walls were closed to the public. The stairways were too slippery. Kind of a pity, because that would have made for a really nice walk around town. We didn’t make it to the Citadelle either.

Porte Saint-Louis in Québec City
Porte Saint-Louis

The rest of our walk took us past old and modern buildings of importance.

Assemblée Nationale du Québec
Assemblée Nationale du Québec
Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec, Canada.
A fancy sounding name for a church: Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec

On Sunday the weather was even worse; it had started raining too now. Therefore, we had to limit our activities to having breakfast, doing some window shopping, buying a few souvenirs and taking a city tour by horse carriage. Could it be more touristy than that?

Cool as a moose, shop in le Vieux-Québec.
Cool as a moose
Musée du Fort, Québec.
Musée du Fort

That horse carriage ride was a complete waste of the little money we had. It was totally not worth it. We could easily have done that by walking and the guide wasn’t very good either. I’m never falling into that trap again, ever.

Fleuve Saint-Laurent, Québec City.
Fleuve Saint-Laurent or Saint Lawrence River
Fairmont Château Frontenac in Québec, Canada.
The magnificent Fairmont Château Frontenac

The weekend, on the other hand, was certainly worth it, even in spite of the disappointing weather. It’s always great fun exploring an interesting new city. And this absolutely was one.

Narrow street in Québec City, Canada.
Narrow old streets
Old buildings in le Vieux-Québec.
The city definitely feels a little European

This is the tenth and last post in my old post series. I hope that you enjoyed it and that I gave you a better insight in where I’ve been before I started this website.

This article is also available as a smartphone app, allowing you to use it as a reference when visiting Old Québec City. You can get the app right here!

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