Quebec is the oldest city in North America and one of its most charming. Endowed with a “European” feel complete with narrow, cobble stone streets and classical architecture visitors to the Quebec City are enchanted by its appearance. Beyond just a pretty face there is much to do here as well. Though Quebec is best known for older buildings and wonderful views, it also is filled with great restaurant, bars, and cafes. Some great things to see and do in Quebec City include:
Rue des Carrieres | Quebec City,
Terrasse Dufferin is a perfectly located public park that offers the most splendid views over Old Quebec and the St Lawrence River from its vantage just below the world famous Chateau Frontenac. Originally used as a military installation back in 1879 Terrasse Dufferin has changed considerable in its modern form as a place of relaxation and people watching instead of defense or war. In the spring and summer there are a variety of street performers and artists that set up shop around the area. If you are interested in learning more about Terrasse Dufferin’s military past consider taking a guided tour around the area for around $10 dollars Canadian.
Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
10018 Avenue Royale | Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec
One of Quebec’s main religious sites is Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre. Set in a lovely little town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré 30 kilometers north east of Quebec City this Basilica was originally built in 1658. The basilica honours Saint Anne, the patron saint of Quebec. Each year pilgrims travel the globe to pay their respects at this world famous religious site and benefit from Saint Anne’s amazing healing powers. A legend is that an original builder of the basilica began his work on crutches and was able to walk at its completion. This story has led to a tradition of some visitors leaving a crutch at the front door when visiting. The interior of the Basilica is a true sight to behold, with the central vault being completely covered in mosaics while the interior is drenched with the varied colours that 240 stained glass windows create. Entrance into Saint Anne’s is free and it is open each day from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
44 Chausseé Des Écossais | Quebec City, Quebec
Morrin Centre is a building that since its erection has worn many different hats in Quebec City. Originally a prison, surprisingly over the years Morrin Centre has become one of Quebec’s and Canada’s most beloved halls of learning. Having played a central role in several historical foundations including the Historic Sites and Monuments Board and the National Archive of Canada today the Morrin Centre is primarily an English language library. Though access to the library is free it will cost $8 dollars Canadian to take a guided tour to learn more about the buildings varied usage and history.