When the long weekend approaches, you definitely wont catch me in Toronto. I am all about taking any opportunity, even if its just for a weekend to travel and explore places. This Thanksgiving long weekend was spent in Montreal and Quebec City (Vieux Quebec).
The fastest route is of course by plane which is only 1 hour away. Another way is to drive to Montreal. It is about a 5 and half hour drive from Toronto. I had previously been to Montreal a couple of times. This trip to Montreal also included a day trip to Quebec City.
What to do in Montreal
Notre-Dam Basilica is definitely a must see attraction. A very beautiful church with so many intricate details. In the historic neighborhood of the city, this cathedral stands out above the cityscape with its twin spires. The structure is similar to Notre Dame in Paris, though on a much smaller scale. The interior is breathtaking and the lighting is beautiful. It costs C$6 to get in.
Old Montreal is as “European” as it gets in Canada. Cobblestone streets and lots of restaurants, museums, shops. It hosts a lot of festivals and activities all year round. You can find the biggest Ferris wheel in Canada that works during all seasons. Picturesque streets leading to Place Jacques Cartier. Wonderful views of the St. Lawrence river will add to a very satisfying experience.
Ste-Catherine Street is yet another great area of Montreal that demands your time and attention. It is the primary shopping street in Montreal Quebec. Great place to window shop or shop.
Mount Royal is a beautiful park right in the heart of Montreal. This is a must do. You can hike/bike walk the trails. Get coffee or something to eat at the cafe.
The second part of the trip was a short visit to Quebec City. In less than a 3 hour drive you can find yourself in the most beautiful place.
I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I finally made it to this little slice of Europe and I’m so excited to share all of my recommendations with you. There is so much to do, see, eat, and experience in Québec City that you’re going to wish you could stay longer. My trip was quite short, a couple of hours was definitely not enough to visit everything I had planned on my itinerary. That is why I plan on coming back.
Ride the funicular at the Frontenac–a panorama of the St, Lawrence River and Lower Town at an angle of 45 degrees. This is the only funicular of its kind in America. Admission for one adult is $3.50 cdn.
At the top of the funiculaire is the Chateau Frontenac, and you can also get a lovely view of the city too. The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, formerly and commonly referred to as the Château Frontenac is situated near several major historic attractions within the historic district of Old Quebec’s Upper Town.
The Fort Museum is located in the heart of Old Quebec, just across the street from the Chateau. Through a 30 minute sound and light show, travel back in time to the foundation of Quebec to revisit the six military sieges that shaped its history!
Other activities to consider for your visit to Quebec City
I didn’t have enough time to do everything that I wanted, but the next time I visit Québec City, I will most definitely be checking out the below activities.
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency is located a few minutes from downtown. Montmorency Falls Park is one of the most spectacular natural historic sites in Quebec. The cable cars, panoramic stairs up the side of the cliff and suspended bridge over the falls afford a stunning view. The waterfall is higher than Niagara Falls.Watching it plunge into the basin below is quite an impressive sight.
Have you been to Quebec City and have recommendations? Leave a comment!
*The second part of the post was done in partnership with the Quebec City Tourism Board, all opinions are my own.