Ahhh, Québec City… So Europe, So Close

By David Currier -

Place Royale

Place Royale

Québec City – It’s Just Up There!


Now is the best time to visit Québec City. Come take a stroll through Old Québec, whose streets embody European charm like nowhere else in North America. Take a city tour at www.soeuropesoclose.com/ .

Are you looking for a few suggestions about artistic events or activities? The Québec City region, with its rich past reflected in local architecture and a network of interesting cultural sites, has much to offer in that area. In fact, the entire region is an open-air museum!

Do you like the arts, culture and heritage?


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Sidewalk café on Petit-Champlain at night.

There are a number of events here you won’t want to miss. Those that are among the most popular with local residents are:

For more information, check out www.quebecregion.com/en/attractions/. 

If religious heritage is what you want, then you came knocking at the right door!


Porte Saint-Louis (gate), Old Québec

Porte Saint-Louis (gate), Old Québec

Why not start with the 350th anniversary celebrations marking different aspects of Québec society: faith, history, family, heritage, culture and a legacy left for future generations? See the complete program and visit the many religious sites in and around Québec City.

For more information www.quebecregion.com/en/what-to-do/activities-attractions/history-heritage/religious-tourism/

Cycling – Because you asked for it, we delivered!


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Cycling in Portneuf

Those who love cycling and the great outdoors (and have a bit of a competitive streak!) will appreciate the bike paths and biking events to be held here this summer. Explore Québec City and the surrounding area by bike according to your personal itinerary.

Cycling competitions will take place in the city throughout the summer. Some of the more notable events on the 2014 competition calendar are:

DIY Québec on a Bicycle


Here are a few suggestions if you would like to visit the region, on bicycle, at your own pace. And while you’re here, how about setting off down our very own Gourmet Route?

Hot off the press info –  www.quebecregion.com/en/what-to-do/activities-attractions/ideas/cycling/

Québec on an Island – Savouring Île d’Orléans!


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Vineyards on l’Ile d’Orléans

Once upon a time, there were two sorcerers whose expertise in all things magical extended to—jam making. They were both from Île d’Orléans, an island only one bridge away from Québec City that boasts a thriving culinary tradition. The two sorcerers had returned after an epic journey to brew delicious concoctions specially enchanted to spread joy to your tastebuds. If you want to sample one of these tasty elixirs made exclusively with berries certified Savoir-Faire Île d’Orléans, organic fair-trade sugar, fresh garden herbs and spices from Québec’s boreal forest, then you will want to visit Confiturerie Tigidou. At this little jam-making shop, located in a fairy-tale setting, every jam is prepared as a labour of love.

The folks from Île d’Orléans keep you up to date here: www.tourisme.iledorleans.com/en/

Historic Québec City in the Age of Video!


As you plan your Québec City vacation, please share this video with family and friends. It provides a wonderful tour of historic streets, the famous fortress and the countryside.

Editor’s note: The history of Québec City features prominently in the history or the American Revolution. It’s a remarkable vacation destination – and not that far from any North American city. I have visited Québec City several times since 1963. While a knowledge of the French language is helpful (and polite), most Québecois are bilingual. I’ve braved the ferocious winter weather during Carnaval d’Hiver and basked in the sun on the Plains of Abraham and on l’Ile d’Orléans in spring, summer and fall. I emphasize to all my friends that are concerned about the costs in money and time for a trip to France that Québec City is not just second best! It is Québec City.

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The Modern Old Port of Québec City

Information provided by Québec City Tourism.

Images and video provided by Québec City Tourism.