5 reasons why Quebec City should be in the top of your bucket list
Updated: Apr 25
Bored of reading travel blog with this similar title ? Well, good news - I'm here to spice things up as a tour guide and a proud local. Let's cut to the chase, Quebec City deserves to be at the top (or near) of your bucket list.
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The History and Unique Old World Charm
Quebec City is a place unlike any other in North America. The European influence is evident in the narrow streets, centuries-old buildings, and stone fortifications that create the city's landscape.You'll feel like you've been transported to another time and place. It's no wonder that Quebec City's Old Town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. The city is also a North American gem, history stretches back even further than its french colonial roots, to the First Nations who have called this land home for thousands of years. The Wendake Huron-Wendat Museum (few minutes away )is a testament to their rich history and culture, and a must-see for anyone interested in learning about Quebec's indigenous heritage. There also a nice exhibition at the museum of civilisation regarding the first nations.And while we're not claiming to be Europe, we do have a certain "je ne sais quoi" that sets us apart from your typical major North American city with big skyscrapers and endless highways..
Its cobblestone streets, preserved fortifications, and iconic landmarks offer a glimpse into the region's fascinating past. I think that if you're a history enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique travel experience, Quebec City is a must-visit destination that will captivate your heart and soul. So, lets pack your bags and get ready to embark on a journey through time in this enchanting city that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime!
The Friendly People
The people of Quebec City are incredibly friendly, even to those who don't speak French. Vraiment! Quebecers are eager to share their language and culture with visitors.Not only are the locals friendly and welcoming, but we also have some pretty cool slang to share with you. So don't be shy to ask for a little help or to get up a conversation with someone at a microbrewery,a café or any other local hotspot.
As a tour guide,i heard so many story of people who been told or read
many weird things before their trip here.
I've even been asked before if it's illegal to speak English here. (Roulement de yeux)
They were serious... It make me litteraly crazy ...who told you that?
I told them as a joke ... if speaking English were illegal, then we'd both be in trouble!
They told me after by email that it was one of the highlight of their trip in the eastern part of Canada. As for those questionable websites and forum threads warning against Anglophone travelers venturing beyond Montreal, let me tell you, dont listen to them. Don't believe me? Just look at the countless positive reviews and testimonials from travelers who have explored Quebec City and fallen in love with its charm and hospitality. Québec is vast and their so many other city around to explore.Dont think really that the french is barrier but see it as part of your experience.That part of their trip is sometime one of the highlight. Many people here are quite bilingual so dont worry about it.
So what if I dont speak french at all?
Unless you're some kind of language-learning prodigy, you're not going to become fluent in a language before every single trip you take.Most of you are here few days or a week people won't be angry at you. But why not give it a try and learn a few words and phrases? Who knows, you might even impress yourself with your ability to say "Bonjour" and "Merci" in a foreign language.
I should be sponsor by duolingo and get you discount on the french learning app!
I believe that French is not a barrier, but rather an integral part of the Quebec experience.It's important to celebrate the culture and language (even our funny slang). It's interesting to live in a place that's so Francophone, especially when compared to the rest of North America. Don't be too surprised,you might encounter some people who struggle with English - it doesn't necessarily mean they don't understand you (btw). In fact, many will do their best to help you out with what they know. So let's all embrace our linguistic diversity and keep the joie de vivre alive! Forget about that grumpy old aunt that tell you always strange thing about the other people in the world (that probably never been to the city since 40 years ) and come enjoy it.
Love, Food, and Beer
Let's talk about the romance factor. With its charming streets, stunning architecture, and picturesque setting along the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City is a place where love is alive. Go hand-in-hand through the historic Old Town or take the ferry or why not get yourself in a cozy café in Saint-roch or Limoilou. The city sets the stage for romance, and it's up to you to create the magic.It is more than just a romantic cliché - it's a city that has earned its reputation as a top destination for lovebirds from all over the world. The readers of the prestigious magazine Travel + Leisure have ranked Quebec City among the top 20 most romantic destinations in the world. This recognition is just one of many for Quebec City, which is almost always on the list of the most romantic cities in general.
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It is fun to watch people having one of the moment of their life here! If you want to contact her click here
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Listen up, foodies and beer-lovers! This place is about to become your paradise.
This town and the surrounding areas are home to more microbreweries .
From cozy bistros serving up traditional Quebecois food to fine dining restaurants with world-class chefs. Fun fact : Anthony Bourdain, the late great chef and TV host, had a very special appreciation for the food scene in Quebec City and Montreal. And it's easy to see why - the cuisine here is a beautiful blend of traditional Quebecois and modern, innovative dishes In short, this city is not just for lovers, but for foodies and beer enthusiasts alike. So pack your bags, leave your diet at home, and come savor all the délicieux treats and brews that await you in this charming destination.
Experience Quebec City's Art and Music Scene Like a Local!
Vibrant art scene, world-class festivals, and a diverse art and music scene. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder that Quebec City is on the bucket list of art and music lovers everywhere.
From the massive Summer Festival , which brings in international headliner (this year Foo Fighter,Lana Del Rey to Green day ...), Winter Carnival to New France Festival, there's always something happening in this lively city. But PLEASE don't be afraid to venture off the beaten path and check out some of the smaller, local events. You never know what hidden gems you might discover. Whether you're into visual arts, live music, or street performances, Quebec City has something for everyone. When I went to Portugal I saw a fado concert into a church surrounding by local humming and singing the song I didn't understand.Or I saw a rock concert in a small bar in Romania and it was amazing.Those were somes of the most memorable memory of my trip there. Do a favor and go see local talent here!
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Nature is not far!
If you're looking for some serious nature therapy, Quebec City is the place to be. We're not talking about some tiny patch of greenery in the middle of the city - we're talking about vast, beautiful wilderness less than 20 minutes away! Quebec City is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, so there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Unlike those other cities where you have to drive hours just to see some trees, Quebec City and its surrounding areas offer plenty of options for an extended stay in nature.
What about seeing a somes beauiful waterfalls? Get an hike walk at parc de la Jacques-Cartier.
But it's not just about the hiking (although there's plenty of that). You can also try your hand at fishing, kayaking, or even camping out under the stars. And when the snow starts to fall, Parc de la Jacques-Cartier transforms into a winter wonderland, with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even ice fishing to keep you busy.