Following our stop in Baie-Saint-Paul, we finally arrived in Quebec! In this post, I will focus more on places to visit there and I will do another post later for everything related to gastronomy as we have tried so many delicious things that this article would be too long 🙂
During our visit, we used a Cartoville guide book which we had borrowed from a friend (they have a couple of references in English). It was actually the first time I was using one and I really love it as it is so easy to walk around with (no need to leaf through hundred pages to find a nice spot or the right address as everything fit on one double page with the map of the area that can be unfolded), I strongly recommend you to try them (we have even bought one in Montreal following that :)).
We found a space to park for free in the little streets of Montcalm thanks to the advice of our kind AirBnB hostess and we carried on our visit by foot. On our way, we checked the street lamps decorated by Quebecker artists which are dressing up the Cartier avenue.
PARC DES CHAMPS-DE-BATAILLE AND GRAND ALLEE
We started our visit by the Champs-de-Bataille park with a little stop by the Jeanne d’Arc garden to see one of the Martello towers. This park takes its name from the fact that it has been the theatre of the battle between the French and the British to take the city during the 18th century. We went there in spring but our friend was telling us that, during winter, Abraham plains are set up for cross-country skiing, snowshoes hiking and ice skating! Definitely to try if you come there in winter! We then carried on Grand Allée, which is surrounded by very pretty houses, until we reached the Parliament next to St-Louis gate.
THE CITADELLE AND THE OLD CITY CENTRE
We then walked up to the Citadelle, which was built by the British during the 19th century to protect themselves from a American invasion, and that offers a panoramique view over the city and its surroundings. We continued our journey with the Dufferin Terrace which passes by the Château Frontenac which has a very characteristic architecture. We didn’t take the time to go in but it is apparently worth doing so to check the interior decoration. After a well deserved lunch break at the Cochon Dingue and a Beavertail as dessert (I will tell you more about this specialty in my post on Québec yummy addresses :)),we have done a bit of window-shopping in the nice little cobbled streets of Petit-Champlain. I actually found some cool postcards in the little store Brin de Folie and I also bought myself a zipped hoodie from Roots (not far from the Holy Trinity Cathedral). Roots is a Canadian lifestyle brand that has a very strong environmental and social equity and makes confortable and warm clothes. When passing by this area, don’t miss the cute Place Royale with the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church as well as the Quebecker mural painting on which you can have fun trying to find the Quebeckers who have made their mark on this country’s history.
THE MUSEUM OF CIVILISATION AND THE STATION AREA
The following day, we started by a visit of the Museum of civilisation. I have found the permanent exhibition “People of Quebec” interesting as it is taking us through the history of this region and allow us to know more about the events which have made Quebec the way it is today. I only found a bit of a shame that the pre-colonisation part was not more developed and that not more was shared on the indigene population status over the centuries. You can still discover a couple of objets from this civilisation in the exhibition “This is our story”. We then went for a walk along the Quai Saint-André and stopped by the Old Harbour market. I really like markets as it is always the opportunity to try local specialties 🙂 Here, we have tried little blocks of cheese, which are cheddar curds, also nicknamed “squeaky” cheese because of the noise it makes when chewed 🙂 After this little foodie break, we went to the Palais train station which as a very characteristic architecture, similar to the one of the Château de Frontenac, which is inspired by the Loire castles.
After a lunch in the area, we hit the road to explore a few places just outside Quebec which I will tell you more about in an upcoming post 🙂 Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to discover more about my little world!
Part 1: Les Laurentides
Part 2: Saguenay and Saint Jean Lake
Part 3: The fjord and Les Escoumins
Part 4: Baie-Saint-Paul
Part 5: Quebec
Part 6: Quebec Foodie Guide
Part 7: Orleans Island and Montmorency Waterfall
Have a nice day!