As a child, I remember my parents taking my siblings and I to Quebec to visit the Catholic Churches. And one time we rode a sightseeing gondola, which eventually broke down, leaving us stranded for some time. Not sure where this gondola was, or if it was in fact in Quebec; childhood memories tend to blend together as one.
Due to the cities festivals, Quebec is known for being one of the most visited places in Canada. Because it is a french speaking city, those that live in North America could remain in North America to experience a bit of the french culture instead of traveling across the Atlantic Ocean.
Now that I am an adult, I would choose to visit other areas in Quebec in addition to the beautiful Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Shrine. My choices are not laid out in itinerary form, instead they are places of interest on my Quebec bucket list.
If you are one of those people, like my wife and I are, who wear some sort of fitness watch or tracker, my research tells me that your feet definitely won’t be left out.They might even be whining at you by the end of the day from overuse.
Along the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls Park attracts all walks of life with its various year-round activities. The number one reason this park gets visitors is because of its 272-foot waterfall; Montmorency Falls. To give you some perspective, it is one-and-a half times taller than Niagra Falls. Waterfalls are always a point of interest, because for us, water signifies strength, change, and purity — we apply and embrace these things in our personal lives.
Place-Royale is more than a picturesque place to see. The history that it holds adds to this quaint area. It’s known as the birthplace of the French colony and French-American community. Its striking French colonial past is something that could be admired for hours on end.
Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Basilica even though it has been rebuilt multiple times, it is one of the oldest stone cathedrals in North America. The exterior of this cathedral is dull in comparison to that of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica. Don’t let that persuade you from stepping inside; I read it is breathtakingly beautiful. You are also allowed to tour the crypt if you are not too frightened.
Terrasse Dufferin, a former military fortification, and now a public park, is a terrace along the St. Lawrence River, which overlooks Old Quebec just below the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. While walking along the streets, you are bound to witness the talents of many artists and street performers. The atmosphere of Terrasse Dufferin was not this way when it was first constructed. It is more relaxed now that its purpose is no longer to protect against invaders.
I would want to end our day on the Levis Ferry. The ferry presents an overview of the city, with a romantic feel if you take it at night. I’ll be sure to take my wife on the ferry when the city lights are lighting up the night sky. Year-round, the ferry offers a completely different perspective of the city. With a distance of 1km, it only takes 12 minutes to cross from one side to the other.
Readers, have you been to any of these mentioned places? What did you enjoy most about Quebec?