Our next stage of the journey took us to leave the Anglophone Canada (Ontario) and enter the Francophone to visit the city of Quebec, in the province of the same name.
When we travelled from Hay Lake to Quebec it was like one of those days where you only have to drive the car, without time to make a stop to rest. More than 700 kilometres of hard travel were waiting for us. We woke up and packed very early and arrived at Quebec in the afternoon. After staying a while at Auberge du Littoral, in the suburbs of the city, we went out to stretch the legs and dinner at Quebec Citadel.
The city of Quebec is the capital of the province of the same name, and its historic center is a walled enclosure declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985. Besides, it’s the only walled city in North America (excluding Mexico).
In Quebec most of the people are francophone and it’s hard to find English speakers, although many of them understand the language.
We were really tired after the long travel by car, so we decided to visit only the “Haute-ville”, the area that surrounds the citadel (it’s still in use), and to know the oldest and curious part of the city.
Entering Saint Jean gate (one of the four gates of the wall) you log in a framework of alleys full of restaurants that guide you to Notre-Dame de Quebec’s Cathedral, the smashing Château Frontenac, an old castle turned into a luxury hotel which dominates the hill and “watches” over Saint Laurent river (St. Lawrence in English) and Terrasse Dufferin, an old wooded terrace over the archaeological excavations of the old castle, with sights to the river.
The entire walk is really beautiful. You can see little squares with street artists, musicians playing country, jazz and folk, jugglers, acrobats… many temples and small squares more similar to the old European cities than to the American.
The sights from Dufferin terrace sprinkled by banks and roundabouts and cheered by the musicians, are worthy to sit down there for a moment, just to rest and contemplate the river and the castle.
Address: 12 Rue Sainte-Anne,Ville de Québec, QC
GPS Coordinates: 46.813035, -71.205604
More information: Centre Infotouriste de Québec