Canadian Road Trip – Quebec City

June 29th, 2010 | Culture, Escapes, Food

After about 24 hours of driving/camping/gorging, we made it to our first of two cities to check out: Quebec City. This city is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Maybe Florence challenges it. The center of the city is elevated and built behind a wall. It’s the only city in North America with its original walls still standing. Being above the walls gives some great views of the river, city, and beyond.

This is also the heart of Quebec culture since it’s not as international as Montreal. It’s not easy to find locals who speak fluent English. I found it odd the children aren’t taught English in school, like they are in so many European countries. I guess their thinking is that they want to preserve their culture, which would be seriously diminished if everyone was speaking English and therefore moving away to the greater world.

Anyway, here are some pics.

Walking up to the wall and the lift that takes you to the inner city.

On top of the wall we posed for a pic with the view in the background.

Nearby there was a battery of cannons.

Chateau Frontenac is the gem of the city. It was built to encourage people to ride the railroad and visit the city in the 1800′s. It’s huge and definitely the place to stay if you like $500CAD/night hotel rooms. Next time!

The view from the other side. Awesome boardwalk.

The next day we walked around the inner city and posed for this one on a nice grassy hill.

The view from the hill.

At the parliament.

Poutine is french fries with cheese curds and gravy. There are a lot of fat Canadians.

On the way out of the city we swung by Montmorency Falls, which is a pretty impressive waterfall. They say it’s taller than Niagra.

The big wooden structure on the right brings you to the top of the falls.

Getting soaked at the base.

Me too!

Looking down the staircase… very high up.

The view from the top. You can see Quebec City in the distance.

Looking down from the bridge… the ring on the left are fallen tree trunks. They look like toothpicks from this distance.

Aww… this is the one to send the families :P

With that, we were done with Quebec City and hit the road to Montreal!

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