As far as Canada’s cities go, Québec City tops them all as the most visually stunning. This is the perfect destination for a romantic retreat – North America’s answer to Paris. To catch it at its best, head there during the winter months where you might be met with a thick blanket of fresh snow, making the city even more magical! The gorgeous destination seamlessly blends old and new in a dazzling array of world-class shopping and dining amid a unique culture, rich in history and tradition. Make sure you step off the tourist track and get lost in its winding cobble stoned alleys, as it’s here you’ll discover a rich and vibrant culture that will make you believe you are in France. The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to its European charm. You’ll find horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers and artists, especially if you visit Old Québec’s open-air art gallery, Rue Trescor.
What to Do
Québec City offers something for everyone, with its breath-taking views and its vibrant scene of art and history. An alternative way to explore the city is to take a carriage tour with Caleches du Vieux Québec, where you can take in Québec’s historical sights while enjoying a leisurely ride through the city. Afterwards, if you fancy a wander, you can enjoy a peaceful walk on Promenade Samuel-De Champlain alongside the Saint Lawrence River. If your thirst for history hasn’t been satisfied yet, you can marvel at the architecture and design of the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine. It stands as a breath-taking testament to the art and culture of the region, revealing the European influence on the city. Interested in 18th century battles? You can recreate Canadian history with a stroll in the Plains of Abraham inside the National Battlefields Park, Canada’s first national park. Following this, why not indulge your adventurous side at the Village Nordik at the Port of Québec, home to a variety of winter activities including ice-skating, ice-hockey and, most notably, ice-fishing.
Where to Stay
Much like the city itself, the hotels in Québec vary in style but all offer a lively environment. For those keen to immerse themselves in Québec’s past, Auberge Saint-Antoine provides a window into Québec City’s history: built on the site of an 18th century maritime warehouse, the award-winning Auberge boasts hundreds of artefacts from both the French and English regimes. Located in the heart of the Old Port, this Relais & Chateaux hotel is the perfect choice for a cultural break, providing the ideal setting to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a 19th century castle-like structure and the most renowned icon in Québec City – by far. Both a tourist attraction and one of the city’s finest hotels, this establishment will seduce you with its breath-taking views over the St Lawrence River and the old fortified city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hotel Pur is a contemporary rarity nestled among historical sights. Located in the heart of Downtown Québec, it offers spacious and modern accommodations with views of the Saint-Roch church. A few steps outside the hotel take you to luxury shopping sites and gourmet restaurants, bustling with the energy of the city.
Where to Eat
A romantic trip would not be complete without a delicious meal with a fine wine. The restaurants in Québec City promise to satisfy with each offering a unique atmosphere that will provide you with a lasting memory. If you’re searching for something away from the bustle of the tourist beat, Le Saint Amour is a family owned and operated restaurant, providing a warm and welcoming environment. Let the fresh and local ingredients dance on the tip of your tongue, whilst your wine cravings are also satisfied! Situated inside the Auberge St Antoine, Le Panache is a charming dining room featuring beautiful stone walls and impressive beams. This incredibly romantic setting offers a delightful six-course tasting menu that is carefully paired with the perfect wine. If you’re looking for something a little more contemporary, Restaurant Initiale is a modern French restaurant tucked inside a former bank close to the St Lawrence River in the Old Port District. Don’t forget to finish your trip at L’Astral! This rotating rooftop restaurant boasts spectacular panoramic views of Québec City – an idyllic location for a romantic meal and the perfect end to your getaway.
Catering to a variety of passions, Québec City promises to be the dream holiday. With its beautiful views, rich history and stunning artwork, Québec will make you fall deeply and madly in love with the city. Lose yourself in the awe-inspiring views and down the cobble stoned streets, and be swept away by the romance and magic of this wonderful city.