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family travel — By Corinne McDermott on June 10, 2010 at 1:47 am
Filed under: Attractions, children, Quebec City

A Family Destination: Quebéc City

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I had always heard such wonderful things about Quebéc City.  “A slice of Europe,” they’d say, or “It’s so beautiful , it’s like a fairytale.” With a daughter obsessed with princesses, a city that looked straight out of her storybooks would be a good introduction to city travel; most of our previous family journeys have centred around a beach.

Truthfully I was a teensy bit worried that I’d be disappointed – after all, things rarely lived up to their hype. Not so with Quebéc City. Clean and green, Quebéc City is indeed beautiful but offers much more than cobblestones and tortière.  Wonderful parks and outdoor activities, interactive museums, great food options, and friendly people – we packed a lot in to our 3 days there.  Our then-3-year-old daughter absolutely loved it. Our not-quite-3-month-old slept through most of it, but we were lucky like that.  Quebécois culture is very family oriented, so your children are welcomed everywhere you are.

Funicular Quebec cityVieux Quebéc – the old town – is truly like stepping back in time, or across the pond.  In the shadow of the majestic Château Frontenac (map), the ancient stone buildings and winding streets invite you for a wander. You’ll get quite a workout heading back to the Upper Town, so a quick trip on the Funicular(map) will save your legs. A horse & carriage ride was a tad pricey, but the rhythmic clip-clopping of the horse’s hoofs along with the mini history lesson was money well spent.

We stayed at the Delta (map) – centrally located with spacious rooms and free dining for children under 12.  The outdoor pool was a little on the chilly side, but that did not stop my daughter from enjoying it in between our excursions.  The gift shop was well-stocked, but just a few minutes walk down the road are a drugstore and a fabulous épicerie – JA Moisan (map)– which touts itself as North America’s oldest grocery store.

We have such wonderful memories of our trip to Quebéc City. As family friendly as it is, my husband and I also thought it quite romantic.  One day we plan to return for a visit sans enfants.

Other things to see & do:

  • Aquarium du Québec: Dive into the sea, in Québec City. Come and meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the Aquarium.
  • Musée de la civilisation: The Musée de la civilisation links the past, the present and the future, w hile remaining strongly rooted in the reality of Québec.
  • Parc de la Chute-Montmorency: A few minutes from Québec City, it’s one of the province’s most spectacular sites. Montmorency Falls (83 m) dominates the landscape, and can be discovered on foot, by cable car, or from the gourmet restaurant.

Photos courtesy Have Baby Will Travel and Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec

Accommodation and a portion of travel were subsidized by Quebéc City Tourism.

Related places:
  1. A
    Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
    1 Rue des Carrieres, Quebec City, G1R 4P5, ca
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  2. B
    16 Rue du Petit Champlain
    Old Quebec Funicular, 16 Rue du Petit Champlain, Quebec City, QC G1K 4H4, Canada
    View Details and Book
  3. C
    690 bd Rene-Levesque Est
    H?tel Delta Qu?bec, 690 bd Rene-Levesque Est, Quebec City, QC G1R 5A8, Canada
    View Details and Book
  4. D
    Epicerie J A Moisan
    699 rue Saint-Jean, Qu?bec, QC G1R 1P7, Canada
    View Details and Book
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