Quebec City - Canada

Quebec City (French: Ville de Québec, or simply Québec) (pronounced /kwɨˈbɛk/ or /kəˈbɛk/) is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, making it the seat of the provincial Crown. It is the second largest city in the province, after Montreal. Quebec City's Old Town (Vieux-Québec) is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the "Historic District of Old Quebec". It is also one of the oldest cities in North America (founded in 1608). The city has a population of 528,595, and the met

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BIGMUFFIN :

We are traveling through Quebec City for two nights in late September. Any reccomenations for a romantic hotel and restaurants? Thanks, muffin

BlueLadyBlue R :
"No but all I can say is its so beautiful. Proud of Quebec I am..I am in Montreal. Very european."
kent_shakespear :
"Quebec City is chocked full of great B&Bs and restaurants. look for places in Old Town, within the city walls."
audiomatiks :
"The most romantic hotel and restaurants are, of course, downtown, in the touristic part of Quebec city. From a very personal point of view, I would recommend you the Château Frontenac, Fairmont Hotel. It's not cheap, but a night there will always be remembered :) As I have been there, I can say that we had a good service and that even if I didn't get the most expensive room, there was this special feeling in the air, as well as great decorations. What could be more romantic than passing a night with your partner between the walls of an old fancy castle? :) As for restaurants, I know there is one right below the castle, although you have many around the city for all budgets. I leave you two links, the first for the Château Frontenac and the second for a list of restaurants in Quebec city :) Enjoy your stay!"
Sue S :

going to Quebec city in a couple of weeks. Just looking for some interesting places to go and a nice hotel. Any tips will help. We are interested in seeing old Quebec where the fortress is and cobble stone streets. We wanted to do a carriage ride around old Quebec, can you reserve this ahead of time?

ayhung :
"Any budget concern? There's the ice burg type of hotel that supposed to be a really amazing experience. And I have heard people's comments that it is really warm inside so don't worry about getting froze. The city is beautiful and you'll find lots to do. The carriage ride should be around within the city points but wait...it's winter there right now, I do not think they are in operation at this time of the year. I remember seeing them in summer only though. Feel free to check the official website of Quebec city."
angel13 :
"To really take advantage of it you should spoil yourself a little and stay at the Chateau Frontenac - it's absolutely beautiful!! I stayed there once, it's right in the middle of old Quebec, GORGEOUS!!"
collapsedscrum :
"Many good hotels ,just make sure that you book one within easy walking distance of historic Old Québec. Walk to the boardwalk in front of the Frontenac. It looks closed for repairs, but it’s open. There you will find the Ice Slide. $2 a head, pay at the bottom grab a big Sled and haul it to the top. 4 people per sled. Best $2 you will spend all weekend. Those suckers really move, encourage screaming. Then walk down the Breakneck stairs--have some food , shop then take the Funiculaire back up. There are a couple of outdoor ice rinks. One is just inside the outer wall in front of the Parliament. But there is another one just in front of the Marriott Courtyard they have music playing and they rent skates. It is only a few steps from a couple of Pubs. . The multimedia show "Quebec Experience" is a quick 40-minute historical journey of Quebec City. It is 3 D + and worth the few dollars (before you go in have a drink at the Ice Bar out front). It is located in the Promenades du Vieux-Québec, 8 rue du Trésor, second floor. (Every other showing is in English) The Observatoire de la Capitale,is $4 a head. Top floor of the tallest building in Quebec city, an observation tower that offers stunning views of Québec City and the surrounding area, including the St. Lawrence River and historic Old Québec. What’s good about this tower is that after you’ve been up there and looked down at everything, getting around becomes much easier because you now understand your surroundings Great view of the Old Fort, most of the walled city, Frontenac, Parliament, several hotels Hilton, Delta etc. Many horse carriages, no need to reserve. A ten minute car ride from downtown will take you to The Parc Aquarium du Québec. Polar Bears. Seals, Walrus. Giagantic gish tank and many other things. If you are in town on Sunday, go there for Brunch, a great buffet of great food for only a few dollars over regular admisson. There is a great Art Museum down in the lower part of the old town. I forget the name of it, but it is very nice."
isabelle b :
"If your a near the '' Grande-hallée'' you are near everything. This street is full of clubs and Restaurants. I recommand you Palace Royal Hôtel, that's a nice hotel in the old quebec..!! and you have to see the Château Frontenac ( very nice )! Good Restaurant : Au parmesan ( near Cĥâteau Fontenac) and La Pizzeria D'youville( St-jean Street) St-jean street is the street for shopping..and If you have ice skates, go to place d'Youville in the evening for ice skating..so romantic!!! ....You will love quebec..:) if you don't know what to do and see in Quebec...people will help you for sure:) we are nice people!!!!!! have a nice trip !!"
city_boy :

I will be visiting Montreal next month and I am debating if it's worth my time to stop by Quebec City. What is there to do in Quebec City? I don't speak French. Will I still enjoy it?

YA RLY :
"Boats."
angelhimm :
"Quebec city is a very old European looking city to visit. You can see many old Church's, and nice architectural buildings there, also street cafes and there is lots of nice shopping to do"
sam :
"not unless you knew french otherwise"
UniqueOne :
"Old world charm, wonderful people and culture."
Mr. bill :
"I saw their mascot of their winter festival be a the butt of a few punchlines when the Connan O'Brien show sent Triumph the insult comic dog to Quebec. It was funny."
Brudenell :
"Quebec City is a wonderful modern city surrounding a very old historic walled area. It is an easy & safe city to travel in and English is widely spoken. There are English & French radio and television stations and all the people in the tourist industry speak English. What to do? Quebec City is probably one of, in not the most romantic city in North America. There are fine cafés everywhere, great hotels, fine restaurants, museums, theatre and much more. In the older city there are fantastic views and walking paths overlooking the St. Lawrence River. A vibrant nightlife exists throughout the historic downtown. From a Quebec Website: A popular travel destination, Québec City and its surrounding area welcome over 6 million tourists every year from all corners of the world. The city is full of attractions and fascinating discoveries for visitors. Lower Town, home to the first settlers of New France, encompasses the old port district and a host of other treasures. Leading the way to Upper Town are steep, winding roads and stairways with telling names, like Côte de la Montagne (Mountain Road) and Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Stairway). And crowning it all is one the most photographed buildings in the world, the famous Château Frontenac, perched atop towering Cape Diamond. In Upper Town, the contours of the fortified city are easy to see and explore. In fact, all it takes is a short stroll to understand why Old Québec was named a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure. From east to west, Québec City has it all. To the east, the thundering Montmorency Falls offer a superb view of the St. Lawrence River and Île d'Orléans. In the city, visitors enjoy Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham. It was once the site of great battles between the French and English armies and is now a famous city park where recreation, culture, and history come together. Further upstream is Bois-de-Coulonge Park, a lovely public garden. This riverside park is a must-see with its beautiful flower gardens and long history. To the west, astute visitors stop by Jacques-Cartier Beach Park, an oasis of greenery on the shores of the St. Lawrence. And for more ambitious visitors, a network of bike trails beckons. They travel the length and breadth of the city and are an excellent way to discover how culture and nature are inextricably linked in Québec City only minutes from the heart of town are woodlands, waterways, and wildlife! From another: With its homegrown French language, colonial architecture, and horse-drawn carriages, Quebec City is uniquely made for a romantic rendezvous. Encircled by ancient stone ramparts, and speckled with lovely squares, quaint cafés, and striking historical buildings, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also blessed with a phenomenal natural setting above the mighty St. Lawrence River, with plenty of vantage points from which to view the coursing waters. Each season brings its own special charms, too: While summers encourage late-night lingering over wine at outdoor cafés, the chilly winters give lovers all the more reason to snuggle up under a blanket in a horse-drawn carriage or get cozy with a delectable fondue for two at a first-rate French restaurant. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, stay in a quaint 17th-century inn (auberge) complete with wood-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls to complete the otherwordly experience."
stultus2ca :
"Quebec is a very beatiful city with lots to see and do. Much more charming than MOntreal. YOu don't need to speak french but it help just learn a few words to be polite. It goes a long way"
jeffypuff :
"Quebec City is absolutely worth visiting. My husband had to drag me a few years ago - I didn't want to go at all. We spent about three days there and he had to drag me away from it - I didn't want to leave... ever. It's an amazing city, so much to do and see. Of course, we spent most of our time in the old part. I've never been in a walled city before and I found it absolutely charming. We just walked up and down the streets, visited the shops, ate the best food we had ever eaten in our lives, strolled on the boardwalk, toured the Citadel... I could go on. We don't speak a word of French outside of please, thank you, hello, and good-bye. The people there are used to tourists and they all speak English - the ones we ran into anyway. I'd go back in a second but now we have two little ones and we'd like for them to be a bit older so they can appreciate the experience."
addicted to ebay :
"I was raised near Quebec City. I now live in BC. However everytime I have brought friends or relatives to Quebec City, francophone or anglophone they ALWAYS loved it. They always managed to get around without without any problems. In Quebec City you get to experience a smaller city with a European flair. NOT TO MISS!!!"

 

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bestbids101
Date: 2008-03-21 16:24:18

By David Ljunggren QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Reuters) - Although Canada is one of the snowiest countries in the world, a series of violent ''snow rage'' incidents reveal that even the locals have their limits. Police in the French-speaking province of...


ak9597
Date: 2008-03-21 16:24:18

This winter looks set to break all-time records for snow. Quebec City police said they had been called to a dozen violent disputes about snow from one property ending up on someone else's. The drifts outside some houses are 12 feet and higher. Police said said snow-related fights were unusually common. The sky is falling!


Browning
Date: 2008-03-21 16:24:18

By David Ljunggren QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Reuters) - Although Canada is one of the snowiest countries in the world, a series of violent ''snow rage'' incidents reveal that even the locals have their limits. Police in the French-speaking province of...


ak9597
Date: 2008-03-21 16:24:18

MONTREAL — In Montreal, a man pulled a toy gun in a dispute over a parking spot on a snow-clogged street. In Quebec City, a resident allegedly pulled out a real shotgun after a neighbour's snow was blown onto his lawn.




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