To visit Quebec is to experience France without crossing the Atlantic. The architecture, the ambience, and the animated conversation on the street confirm the impression that a bit of France has been permanently imbedded in North America. Stroll along the streets of the atmospheric Latin Quarter and explore the historic stone and brick houses of Old Quebec, the only remaining walled city north of Mexico. Visit the Place Royale and Notre Dame des Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America, and marvel at the turreted Chateau de Fontenac.
Our last day of visiting a port and what a city to end with! It is a little chilly but the sun is out and it will warm up. Again, we had a little jaunt to get off the ship to the terminal.
Bev and George studying a map of the city trying to get their bearings
Many chose to do shore excursions to see as much of the city as we could in a day. We did Grand Exploration of Quebec & Lunch; Historic & Modern Quebec; Montmorency Falls & Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre; The Beaupre Coast, St. Anne Canyon & Winery Visit; and Walking Tour of Historic Quebec.
Quebec City is truly a little bit of France. The architecture has a true European flavor. Place Royale is a restored square in the heart of Lower Town boasting 17th and 18th century stone architecture. It is home to Notre Dame des Victories, the oldest stone church still standing in North America. The cobblestone and uphill streets were somewhat difficult to navigate.
A mural depicting the history of Quebec City including the seasons and founding to the present day
More Place Royale
Norita, Bill, and Sue listening to our guide and hearing history regarding Place Royale
Place Royale buildings
A shop in the Place Royale
Chateau Frontenac (it’s a hotel) from Place Royale
Funicular Railroad which takes people from Place Royale to the historic, walled Upper Town.
We saw the Chateau Frontenac, a palatial hotel built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It hosted Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and MacKenzie King when they met to discuss strategy during World War II. We enjoyed views of the St. Lawrence River, the town of Levi’s on the opposite bank, Ile d’Orleans, and the Laurentian Mountains.
A horse drawn carriage near Chhateau Frontenac
Ruby from the courtyard outside Chateau Frontenac
Bill and Sue waiting to reload the bus after visiting the area around the Chateau Frontenac
A high light of Quebec City is Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, a landmark temple that honors Sainte Anne, the patron saint of sailors. The basilica is beautiful and attracts many visitors every year.
The color was really popping in Quebec City and the surrounding area … it was lovely and a reminder that autumn is here!
Mary with Jesus at the crucifixion
Inside the shrine are examples of miracles and healings artfully displayed on the pillar
The Montmorency Falls were breathtaking at 272 feet high. Many of us would have enjoyed another day in Quebec City!
A view of the bottom of the falls from above
The suspension bridge over Montmorency Falls
walking over the Montmorency Falls
A view of the Montmorency Falls from above
We all took some time to get our packing done and then joined for our last dinner together. We will miss sharing our stories each evening and all our choices for dinner.
The show this evening is “La Compagnie de dance Migrations”, a folkloric show including French Canadian folk dances, traditional music, jigs, square dances and song. It was very good and a treat to see. After the show, everyone was off to their favorite spot or to finish their packing. Our last night on the ship. So sad!