5 Ways to Spend the Day in Quebec City
| Written by: Dana Hornor
If you want to experience a bit of France but can’t make the transatlantic trip to Europe, go to Quebec City, Canada’s only province with a predominately French-speaking population. Quebec City is located on the East coast of Canada about 6 hours north of upstate New York and is bordered by Ontario and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Geographically it is a beautiful city, combining the rugged natural aspects of Canada and the charm of a European city. If you have a day to spend in this beautiful city before or after your cruise from Quebec Cruise Port, here are 5 ways to spend it.
Quebec City, QC
Number one has to be the city itself, or rather, the city’s historic district- Old Quebec. Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, this lovely part of town feels like a trip back in European time, with horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers and artists at the city’s open-air art gallery, Rue du Tresor. Stay in the world’s most photographed hotel, the turreted, castle-like Chateau Frontenac with 611 handsomely furnished rooms that overlook the St. Lawrence River. Or visit the Fortifications, a National Historic Site, that surrounds Old Quebec, erected atop the cliff.
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier
103, chemin du Parc-National
Stoneham-et-Tewesbury, QC G3C 2TF
Featuring a smooth as glass river with occasional rapids that flows through a deep mountains valley, the parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is a slice of nature to be savored. Known locally as Quebec City’s “green crescent,” the evergreen-enclosed enclave affords visitors hiking trails with breathtaking views which lead past the winding river and through a yellow birch forest. There is also camping, kayaking and canoeing.
Cabane a sucre l’En-Tailleur Sugar Shack
1447 Chemin Royal
QC G0A 4E0, Canada
Satisfy both your growling stomach and your sweet tooth with a trip to this sugar shack, about 15 minutes from the Quebec Cruise Port. Quebec’s hearty staples, like decadent meat pie and the deliciously trendy poutine, were shaped by harsh winters with their roots in French cuisine. A sugar shack is a pseudo restaurant that produces one of the sweet treats Canada is most known for, maple. A traditional menu is served at this one, as well maple taffy that has been cooled on snow all year.
Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica
10018 Royale Ave
Sainte Anne de Beaupre, Quebec G0A 3C0, Canada
If you love to stare at centuries-old, amazing architecture, head to the Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica. For over 350 years this gorgeous, stone-made, gothic-style church has attracted visitors who love to marvel at the paintings, mosaics, stained-glass windows and stone and wooden sculptures. Tourists will learn the story of Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus, and the cathedral is about 25 minutes from the Quebec Cruise Port
Tourism- 10, place de la Rencontre
Wendake (Quebec) G0A 4V0
Discover the heritage and traditions of the Huron-Wendat Nation at Wendake, a self-governing territory in Quebec City. Historic Old Wendake claims the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Church, a National Historic Site, and the Onhoua Chetek8e Traditional Huron site, an authentic reconstruction of a Huron village. Learn the story of the chiefs who lived in Tsawenhohi House and take a guided tour to witness archaeological artifacts from the site, cultural objects and more. Then head to Kabir Kouba Falls, a magnificent waterfall that plunges through a canyon right next to town.
Quebec City is a charming winter wonderland full of rich European history that is more than worth it to discover after a cruise from the Quebec Cruise Port.