Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, and the second most populous city in Quebec, after Montreal. It is one of the oldest cities in North America, with the ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) being the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in North America. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the “Historic District of Old Quebec”.
We did not enjoy nice sunny weather for Quebec City tour, unlike in Montreal, hence sorry to say, I have vague memories of the places we visited and can only try my best here to share with you where we went because of the heavy rain that afternoon. It was further dampened because the local tour guide had a heavy accent and I remembered more vividly the incessant clearing of his throat than the information he provided during the 2 hours with us.:P
Our local tour guide met us at the Military Drill Hall, which I have no recollection of how it looks like, because I don’t remember seeing them in any of our photos. Probably there wasn’t a photo stop here in view of the heavy downpour.
The driver drove us around some park which I think is the Plains of Abrahams, a historic area within the Battlefields Park in the city. Following which we made a photo stop at the Quebec Provincial Parliament Building.
We also went to the Old City where the main streets Rue Saint-Jean, Côte de la Fabrique, and Côte De Buade are lined with fashion and souvenir shops.
The last destination before our city tour ended was the most beautiful and memorable I guess. When we reached the Place Royale/Petit Champlain District, our tour leader kept urging all of us to get off the bus despite the heavy rain as he mentioned it was a “must-see”. Well, it was really picturesque and we felt like we were in Europe. We could also see the famous Château Frontenac, a grand hotel in Quebec City, designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980. The hotel is generally recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world, mostly because of how it dominates the skyline of Quebec City.
Check out more photos of Petit-Champlain that is home to exclusive boutiques, art galleries and bistros. 🙂
Picture says a thousand words, so I guess I don’t need to say more here? 😉 I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back again to have a more detailed tour in this city, without the rain! ^^