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A Winter Wonderland in Québec City


Québec City is a magical city and probably one of my favourites that I’ve been too - I was quite excited when I planned a trip for my mum and I to visit over the holidays. Though with that being said, as a Canadian, naturally I want to hibernate during the winter months, but sometimes you really get a reminder of just how magical winter can be, and a few days in Québec City can definitely remind you of that.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

Transformed into a real Christmas village, wandering the historic district of old Québec was amazing with all the lights, decorations, and snow. It created an enchanting setting like no other.
Our two day journey allowed us to stroll through the cobblestones streets, admire the charm and of course indulge in local food.

Once we reached our destination via train, we settled into our room at Auberge Saint-Antoine - a quaint boutique hotel in the heart of Québec City. The first thing that caught my eye upon checking in were the artifacts integrated within the space throughout the hotel that were actually found during an extensive archaeological dig on the property.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

After we freshened up and made ourselves at home, mum and I settled on a dinner spot just a few minutes away at Côtes-à-Côtes Resto Grill. I enjoyed my first Québecois meal of pea and ham soup followed by a scrumptious seafood seashell and to top it of a trio of crème brûlée. The symphony of flavours in the desert was heavenly with individual servings of maple, lemon and vanilla.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

Upon our return to the hotel after exploring the town, a lovely good night note was placed on our beds during turn down service where staff get your bed prepped. It was the cutest thing and so unexpected!

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

The next day was filled with adventures and I had a spot for every hour of the day planned out. No matter what time of the year you arrive, there is plenty to explore, but Québec City is one of those places that actually comes alive during the cold season.

Here's a sneak peek at the must-see places in Québec City:

Panache 

What better way to start a winter adventure than with a mighty breakfast filled with flavour! Within the Auberge Saint-Antoine lies a hidden foodie gem called Panache. I enjoyed poached eggs with spinach, duck, wild mushrooms, classic hollandaise sauce and bacon. Goodness gracious was it so darn tasty and quite filling.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

Winter is quite the chilly season but that’s no excuse not to bundle up and hit the streets of Old Québec. Boasting nearly five kilometres of fortifications, Québec City is actually the only walled city in North America and has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Quartier Petit Champlain

One of the most picturesque spots in the city, this area has narrow, winding cobblestone streets and is considered the oldest commercial street in North America. Looking for souvenirs? Local stores are filled with maple syrup, cozy toques and other Québec favourites.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

Looking to see the majestic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac or Dufferin Terrace but don’t feel like tackling the stairs to get back up? Hop on the funicular, which takes about 30 seconds to get to the top and only $2 per ride - seriously this saves you time and the view is breathtaking. 

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 

Once you've reached the top, you are greeted with a warm welcome by more than just a hotel but a a Québec City icon. A tourist hot spot, we ventured inside to admire the grandness but also to relish in some wine and charcuterie at Bistro Le Sam. Simply put, Le Château Frontenac has been the true-life castle of many people's dreams.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

As you stroll along the Dufferin Terrace, be sure to stop and enjoy maple taffy - a true Québec signature item!

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

On top of our list was the gorgeous cathedral located only a short walk away. Originally built in 1647, the church main features are its neo classical facade with its two asymetrical towers, its stained glass windows, its wonderful organs, as well as the chancel golden sculptures. As you walk in, you will be left with a sense of awe.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

Architecture

As you stroll around Old Québec, you realize you are surrounded by European charm and surrounding by an built in an architectural style similar to the French style. Be sure to take a moment to admire all the buildings as Québec city is one of North America's oldest cities, founded in 1608.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

La Maison Smith

Looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a warm beverage? This is the go-to place located in Place Royal - perfect for people watching!


A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

Place Royale

A gorgeous little plaza, framed by historic buildings including the towering Notre-Dame des Victories cathedral.

A Winter Wonderland in Quebec City

As evening approached, mum and I returned to our hotel and enjoyed a cozy night-in at Cafe-Bar Artefact. p.s. If you have a sweet tooth, the salted caramel ice cream combined with maple popcorn and dark chocolate sauce and cheesecake was amazing! Let's just say, our trip to Québec City was lovely and filled with lots of new magical memories!

-xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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