Quebec City Port lies on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River and serves seasonal cruises that come to experience the city’s notable past. Located on the south-eastern section of Canada near the North Atlantic Ocean, the Quebec City port of call has a rich history. The city is one of the oldest in North America and still has a section of its old city walls standing to date.
The city’s lower old town or Basse-Ville is a known shopping district where handmade products and local produce are sold. From the upper section of the city, travelers may take the funicular; i.e. a vertical elevator, or, take the winding steps down. The center of the old town is Place Royal where buildings date back to the sixteenth century; it houses shops that sell leather goods and other crafts. At Maison des Vins, travelers will be offered a selection of vintage wines. Verrerrie La Mailloche on the other hand, sells glass figures and allows visitors to witness the old craft of glass blowing.
North of Basse-Ville is Marché du Vieux-Port- a farmer’s market where travelers may get a taste of local cuisine or buy local produce. The market opens from 8 am to 8 pm.
Things to See
Château Frontenac is a prominent figure that graces Quebec City’s skyline. Designed by a by architect Bruce Price, the hotel dates back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; it was built for Canadian Pacific Railroad guests of the 1890s. It sits on an elevated section of the city and can be visible from the lower old town and from Saint Lawrence River as well. The hotel was used by Churchill and Roosevelt as the discussed strategies during World War II.
Notre Dame des Victoires is an old church located in Basse-Ville at the southern tip of Place Royal. The church features an altar designed to replicate a fort and a wooden boat which hangs from the ceiling.
Travelers may also wish to visit Haute-Ville-the city’s Upper Town where the Basilica of Notre Dame and the Citadel are located. The latter was built during the French occupation during the eighteenth century. The star-shaped design of this fortress contributes to the interest of this site. Quebec City is also known for its Winter Carnival and Summer Festival.
Restaurants and Bars
Quebec is known for its local cheese; restaurants therefore typically serve curds or crepes. Restaurant prices are usually fixed or table d’ hote and displayed outside on menu boards.
Haute-Ville is a good place to hunt for good restaurants. Casse-Crepe Breton serves a variety of crepes from 8 am to 6 pm while Le Petit Coin Latin serves breakfast. Travelers looking for a full course meal may visit Le Continental near Château Frontenac, Le Saint-Amour which serves French cuisine, L’Elysee Mandarin which serves Chinese food or the Les Frères de la Côte whose mussels are famous among locals. Cochon Dingue on the other hand, is located in Basse-Ville and serves lunch. Their menu changes from time to time.
Caribou is a local liquor specialty especially during carnivals. Bars and clubs tend to be congested on Grande Allee and on La Rue St. Jean.