Quebec City

20 11 2011

As the saying goes, the end of a journey is a start of a new journey. I have ended my memorable western Canada trip, leaving me with fond memories of the Canadian Rockies. With this, I embarked on exploring the eastern side of Canada, flying from Toronto to Quebec City.

Quebec City is a small little city, lying on the Saint Lawrence River. The city is the second oldest exisiting European settlement in Canada and is divided into the upper town (which include the old quarter) and the lower town. Most of the major sights all within walking distance. The old quarter (old town) is the only walled city in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with main sights such as the Chateau Frontenac, Citadel, Quebec Parliament, Plains of Abraham, etc.

When I first step foot in the old town of Quebec city, I thought I was in Europe. Indeed, this place with the narrow streets, the European houses and the French speaking community makes me feel as if I was back to France. For those who have not visited Europe before, you will find Quebec city a nice place, very different from what you will see anywhere in the Americas. However, for those who have been to Europe, you may feel that Quebec city will be just a replica of Europe (but a smaller and more condensed version). To me, the real one is always better.

Tips:-

– From airport, the only way to get to the city is via the taxi (a flat rate of CAD 25).

– French is the main language used here, not English. But people do understand English though if you speak French, they will be more helpful.

– If you can, stay in Chateau Frontenac itself. It feels like you are staying in a castle and worth paying the extra.

– Regardless of whether you are staying in Chateau Frontenac, I will recommend that you take the tour of the hotel, with guides dressed in the old Victorian costumes bringing you round the hotel and into some special rooms that are not opened to public and guests and explaining to you all the history (and gossips) surrounding the hotel.

– Prices that is shown generally exclude taxes so don’t get a shock when you are asked to pay more than what you see.

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