Author: Alexandra

Alexandra loves to rearrange the English language into cleaver sentences. Sometimes she's successful, sometimes she's not. When not reading, or scribbling down ideas for stories, she's out exploring her surrounds camera in hand.

Autumn in Quebec

One of the absolute best times to visit Québec is in the Fall, when everything is bathed in brilliant sunshine, and all the glory that is autumn. The colours are spectacular, but hey, don’t take my word for it, come and see for yourself.

There’s something magical about wandering around the refurbished port—and spotting the odd cruise ship in for the season’s magnificent colour show—and then ambling into the heritage section of Vieux Québec (Old Québec) and along the Petit Champlain with its cobbled street, colourful shop fronts, and enticing wares. You cannot fail to feel like you’ve been transported to another realm. Especially whenever you look up, you see the skyline is dominated by the magnificent Chateau Frontenac, reputed to be one of the most photographed buildings on the planet … and you can see why!

Come for the ambiance and colour, stay for the charm that is Québec.

A walk in the park

This is one of my favourite parks not least because it’s close, only a few minutes walk from where I live. But also because every time I go, I see something in a slightly different way. Whether because of the time of day (and the light) or the season, which impacts everything here, in the Frozen North. Or because the gardeners have been out in full force, and have changed the plants in the flower beds.

Then, of course, there are the number of walks within this small park itself, that can make for either a short, flower-filled walk, or a bit of a ramble through lots of wooded areas. It’s all a joy to take in, whatever the season.

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Let’s Go For A Walk …

Along the banks of the St. Charles river.

One of my all time favourite walks, because every time we go, we see something new, something different. The thing I love is the walks can be broken down into short or, if you are up for it, longer walks on either or both banks, as there are pathways.

The section of river walk, shown below, is what we call our local walk. It’s a figure of 8 loop that’s just perfect for a lazy afternoon walk of an hour to hour and a half in length. (More information.)

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Let’s Get Caffeinated …

The one thing that I have enjoyed about living here, in Québec City, is the coffee. Which, of course, implies there are any number of places to get an excellent cuppa Joe from. Small, hole-in-the-wall cafes known for roasting their own beans, on-site, with blends from all over the world.

If visiting, you should try places like …

575 rue St. Jean

235 rue St. Joseph Est.

143 rue Saint-Paul

807 ave. Cartier

Lunch at les cafes du Soleil

All these cafes not only roast and grind their own blends, but provide a great ambience in which to sit and enjoy not only your brew, but also fresh made cakes and sandwiches. And let me tell you, I wouldn’t have included anyone I haven’t tried, and loved, in this list. All these recommendations are AAA!

10 Ways To Save

Québec City is one of the more expensive cities in Canada but there ways to save money on your visit. Here are ten great ways to save money:

  1. Take a FREE walking tour of the Old City.
  2. Eat poutine (under $10 CAD) at Chez Ashton, one of the cheapest places in the city.
  3. Buy food at a neighbourhood grocery store.
  4. Eat croissants for breakfast, they are only $2.50 CAD! Paillard on rue Saint-Jean (to the right at the bottom of rue Sainte-Ursule) are fresh daily.
  5. Buy a bus pass. A 1-day bus pass costs $8.75 CAD. A day pass gives you unlimited travel for 24-hours.
  6. Go to Méga Parc, an indoor amusement park and shopping mall at the Capitale Galleries after 5pm, and get in for half price ($15 CAD).
  7. Walk along the city fortifications and atop the city gates. Its FREE!
  8. Visit the churches and libraries as most are FREE.
  9. Visit Bar Sainte-Angèle for cheap beer!
  10. Couchsurf for most of your visit and save money on accommodation (plus meet amazing and friendly locals).