I was so glad to have a chance to walk around Quebec again. It has been a long time since my last visit.
It was a great day to walk up and down the old town, in between spectating of Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec.
Pétit-Champlain & Place Royale
This is the oldest area of the city, is considered the heart of the lower town.
The star of Place Royale is Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest Catholic church on the continent.
The cafés around the square, though pricier, are great spots to hang out and people watch.
The fortress is the oldest operating military installation in Canada, currently home to 22e Régiment museum, and an official residence of the Governor General of Canada.
As of 2015, there is heavy construction in the moat area to complete a new pedestrial passage, though you can still pay the entrance fee to access the museum.
Without a lot of time, I decided to walk around instead. Situated on top of Cap Diamante, it is highest point in the area, which makes the view from fantastic. Looking north, you get a panoramic view of the lower town and the port, and starring the Chateau Frontenac right the middle of the frame.
A great way to get slightly off the beaten path is to take the 15-minute commuter ferry across the St-Laurent to Lévis for a commanding view of the city.
Ferry service starts early and runs very late, with high frequency during rush hours, and only one trip per hour outside rush hours.
Cost is $3.25 per adult per trip, payable with OPUS smartcard or buy tickets directly at the ferry terminal.
The terminal is located conveniently within a 5 minute walk from Place Royale. 15 minutes later, I arrived at a brand new terminal on the other side of the river.
I climbed the escarpment to the terrace, for a sunset view of Quebec. When you are here, you will know why British General James Wolfe chose this location to bombard Quebec during the Seven Years War.
While in Lévis, take a walk downtown to a great ice cream and chocolate shop. Your soft-served ice cream is dipped in chocolate right in front of you! I wonder why no one tries to sell these outside Québec.
While on the topic, General Wolfe’s first siege attempt was from the cliffs near Chute Montmorency, about 10km east of the city centre. That ended in disaster. The only evidence is the foundation of a bunker on the walking path towards the suspension bridge.
At least the views are great!
There is no transit from Aéroport Jean-Lesage, except for several trips per day geared towards airport employees. The choices for me then was to take a taxi for a flat rate of $34.25 (2015 rates), or rent a car. I chose rental, and took advantage of the opportunity to visit Montmorency Falls, as seen above, and then cross the bridge over to Île d’Orléans