It is possible to get somewhat of a culture shock without going too far, which is useful during a pandemic. Québec City remains a favorite for its architecture, so here are my tips to discover this city and its surrounding area.
1. Petit-Champlain and the Old Port
This classic neighborhood has reorganized all its activities as it did for the summer of 2020, including adding ephemeral public places to enjoy the summer.
Restaurants now have several terraces, a winning formula to maintain social distancing. In September, every Saturday, artists paint in the streets of Québec City as part of Galleries Month (Mois des Galeries).
2. Saint-Charles River Linear Park
Explore Québec City on foot, by bike, or on rollerblades along the 32 kilometers of the Saint-Charles River Linear Park (parc linéaire de la rivière Saint-Charles).
The park crosses a multitude of urban landscapes from the Louise Basin in the Old Port of Québec City all the way to Lake St-Charles.
Lac-Beauport is my favorite place.
I recommend a stay at the Entourage sur-le-Lac Hotel to feel like you’re on vacation or at least a meal to enjoy its restaurant, l’Ilot, to admire the lake for a few bites.
4. Orleans Island
Orleans Island (l’île d’Orléans) is a must-see. I advise you to visit it on an electric bike, you can rent one on the island. It will take about 4,5 hours do go all around the island.
I advise you to take more time to visit the vineyard, especially this time of year: It will soon be harvest time in many vineyards. Stop at Cassis Monna & Filles, an institution with many black currant products. Finish the day with a stop at the Chocolaterie de l’Île d’Orléans in Sainte-Pétronille.
5. Parks and nature
For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are many classics to visit.
The Montmorency Falls Park in Beauport is very close to downtown. There is Mount Wright Park in the Stoneham area. The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, which can be visited on foot or by bicycle, will also amaze you.
6. Sentiers du Moulin
For active travelers, I invite you to discover the Sentiers du Moulin for mountain biking (bike rentals are offered).
There are several spas in the area. A must-do to reconnect with your inner tranquility.
As a passionate traveler discovering the planet alone and with my family, I invite you to discover Québec City and its surroundings.
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Featured image: View of Old Québec City (photo credit: Marie-Josée, guest-blogger)
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