Ahh… Quebec City.
Luckily, I did my research before planning my short visit to this lovely city. I knew going into this that French was the first spoken language of Quebec, so I figured Quebec City would be similar to, say…Toronto…
…but with a little French flair.
Boy, was I completely wrong.
Coming from the perspective of an admittedly sheltered American, I was surprised how English wasn’t overtly advertised. In Tokyo, Japan for example, street signs would have translations below them to assist English speakers. In, Quebec City however, overt English assistance wasn’t as forgiving.
This would, however contribute to the sheer awesomeness of this experience–I wasn’t just visiting Canada. I truly felt like I was in a completely different part of the world, which utterly blew me away. Admittedly, I experienced some initial anxiety with the prospect of Quebec City being a foreign place. Once I got settled into my room (and had a few drinks at my hotel’s bar…) I felt ready to explore this wonderful city.
Luckily, it was a beautiful sunny day, and you could see people enjoying food and drinks among the ubiquitous bars that occupy the streets. From what I could see, it definitely seemed like a great spot to cut loose and enjoy fun times with friends and family.
I made my way over to the Chateau Frontenac, (the castle looking structure in my picture above), which was a beautiful and historic hotel that overlooks the St. Lawrence river, as well as Quebec City’s lower city (I believe it to be named “Old Quebec”).
After taking pictures, I took the funicular down the the lower part of the city, to explore what the quaint shops and bars had to offer. Aesthetically, it looked magnificent–the colossal Chateau Frontenac acts as a back drop to your journey within the lower city, as it stretches up to the sky atop it’s perch.
The next day I essentially did more of the same–exploration of the city by foot. I spent some time at Battlefield Park, which seemed like the perfect spot to catch up on your favorite book, to enjoy a leisurely walk, or to tackle some strenuous exercise.
Later in the day, I took part in a bar crawl style restaurant scavenger hunt. This was a really neat idea, as it allowed me to explore more nooks in the city I wouldn’t have seen otherwise and it had the added benefit of free food samples from each restaurant that participated in the event.
Duck, is delicious.
…well…not so much.
By the time I finished my hunt, there was a music event in the center of town which I believe was where the hunts concluded (assuming you did them in order). So I took a moment to sit down and enjoy the free music in quiet contemplation of the adventure that I had embarked on.
As I made my final trek back to the hotel, the city lit up at night was truly a sight to see. From my hotel room, you could see the city below, glowing with a multitude of colors into the quiet, summer night. I only wish I had more time to really drink it in–it’s what I would call “a little piece of peace.”
At a glance:
Quebec City was an amazing city to explore. As a solo traveler, I had a really great time sight seeing and taking my time to absorb all the the city had to offer. I didn’t try much in regards to cuisine as much as I would have liked, but the food I did eat was delicious (except for you snail…)
The people there were extremely friendly–they were more than happy to help me and were even so kind as to speak to me in English upon request.
The city was clean, safe and had so much to offer in the way of adult night life, such as restaurants and bars.
All in all, I would highly recommend a visit to this place. I would go as far as to say that Quebec City caters more towards a party of people rather than the solo traveler (the bar scene is very friend/family intimate), however this does not mean you wouldn’t enjoy your stay…
I know I sure did!