This week was a bit of a challenge for me. I mean really, how many places are there that begin with the letter Q? Then it came to me as I was driving along thinking about the Stampede Parade coming up, Quebec! (The connection is that Bonhomme Carnaval visits Calgary for the Stampede each year as a representative of our sister city, Ville de Québec.) That really wasn’t so hard after all.
So today’s location is Québec City, capital of the province of Québec and the second largest city in that province. Although I haven’t had an opportunity to visit this lovely place recently, I have many fond memories a time spent there with our eldest daughter several years ago.
We were attending a political convention and decided to stay in the Old Town, Vieux-Québec, and spend a few extra days sightseeing and visiting with friends. Hubby found us a quaint little flat that was on the third floor of a centuries-old home that had everything we needed including a little kitchen where we could make tea to accompany the pastries and baguettes we had picked up at the little bakeries in the neighborhood.
Despite having to carry our luggage up the equally quaint circular staircase, it was a wonderful place to stay and had a pull out sofa where one of our friends stayed after we visited too late and she didn’t want to make the long drive home.
Spending ten days in Old Québec was both relaxing and exciting. Each day of the convention we walked through the gates and joined the modern world. Our favorite time of the day was returning through those gates in the evening and finding a local restaurant or pub where we could enjoy a traditional French Canadian dinner before strolling through the historic streets and back to our flat.
A visit to Old Québec is certainly magical in the summer but there is something to be said for a winter vacation there. The experience of the Quebec Winter Carnival is one that you will never forget. Maple syrup on snow candy, giant slides, and the Ice Palace have fun things to do for all ages. The first winter carnival took place in 1894 and Bonhomme debuted in 1955. Here’s a video that will give you a glimpse of the activities.
So there it is a small view into a visit to Quebec City and Old Quebec. Definitely, a travel spot to add to your bucket list.
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