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Quebec City is an oasis of European charm and Canadian history. Inside the rampart that encases Old Quebec, meander along lamplit cobbled laneways, pausing to pick up a coffee and Mille-Feiulle at a patisserie, after admiring the murals that adorn buildings with French shutters. In a back alley tavern, embrace traditional Québécois music played with fiddle after lunching in a local bistro that serves up Tourtière. End your holiday by the riverside of Saint Lawrence, pausing to catch a breath as steamboats move to where the blue water meets the blue sky.
The Old Town is Quebec City’s heart and soul. Stroll the Rue du Petit Champlain, North America’s oldest street and enjoy artisan boutiques, French-style shuttered windows, and hanging baskets. Walk the 2.8 miles of ramparts that have protected the Old City since 1665. Descend a narrow alleyway to the Basse-Ville and indulge in a platter of the finest Nova Scotia Fruits de Mer served with a glass of Chardonnay.
While in Quebec City, you’re never far from the towering Chateauesque stylings of Château Frontenac. At 262 metres, the baronial turrets of the building dominate any view from the lower Basse-Ville. The hotel has hosted glitterati such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Celine Dion. Marvel at the regal 18-storey red walls as you venture inside for a tour of the courtyard and ice wine, served at a teak wine bar.
The thunderous cascade of Montmorency Falls is an essential sight in the surrounding regions of Quebec. Only 15 minutes from Old City, this waterfall rests 30 metres higher than Niagara. Feel the wind in your hair as you zipline across the falls. A suspension bridge and elevated platforms provide panoramic views over the lush Île d’Orléans as boats chug by.
In 1759, on Battlefields Park, the British bested the French to claim Canada as their own. Today, you can walk from the Old City along a wooded gangway between the trees to this striking clifftop park. Walk Promenade de Gouverneurs and enjoy plunging views of the Saint Lawrence River, Martello Tower, and cannons set among gardens. A living monument, Battlefields Park blends pastoral tranquillity with colonial history, perfectly well.
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