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A weekend in Quebec city

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With its cobblestone streets, soaring spires and river panoramas, the jewel in French Canada’s crown has plenty of Old World charm

Day 1
Get your bearings in this most beautiful of Canadian cities and learn about Quebec’s colourful history.

Morning: Head up to the Plains of Abraham to discover the story of a battle that changed the course of Canadian history, when the British fought the French and won a remarkable victory in 1759.

Noon: Cross the mighty Saint Lawrence River on the ferry to Levis and look back to a glorious panorama of cliffs rising above the water — and work out how the British forces managed to miraculously scale them.

Night: Pay a visit to Aux Anciens Canadiens Restaurant and indulge in hearty Quebecois favourites such as meat pie with fruit preserve or a plate of garlic escargots, all served in a serene and traditional environment. Don’t miss the maple syrup crème brûlée for dessert.

 

Day 2
See the best of Quebec’s buildings and enjoy the feeling of one of North America’s most unique townscapes.

Morning: Explore the mighty gates and walls of the Ramparts of Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only remaining city walls on the continent. Enjoy glorious views down into the Old Town.

Noon: Stroll along to the Marche du Vieux-Port de Quebec, the Old Port market. There’s a huge variety of cheeses and pastries on sale, so you can pick up a picnic and eat it looking out at bobbing boats on the Saint Lawrence.

Night: Dine at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel — one of Quebec’s most distinctive buildings and the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 thriller I Confess. Check into the Hitchcock Suite and try not to have any nightmares.

 

Day 3
Revel in religion, trains and poutine (french fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds) — three enduring Quebec traditions.

Morning: For quiet reflection, visit the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church, one of the oldest in staunchly Catholic Quebec and a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Movie fans might recognise it as a location in the 2002 crime-caper Catch Me If You Can.

Noon: Quebec City’s main bus/train station, Gare du Palais (Palace Station), is a marvel. Enjoy its chateau architecture before hopping on a train to nearby Sainte-Foy — a former city, west of downtown Quebec — to enjoy the gorgeous scenery for next to nothing.

Night: Grab a generous plate of poutine. All three Brynd Smoked Meat outlets in the city do a humdinger version with huge helpings of mustard, meat, pickles and parmesan.

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