Quebec City is a little piece of French heritage and culture in North America. Having completely preserved its’ Francophone culture, Quebec City is like stepping back in time and into France all in one – complete with French architecture, food, and of course, the official language is French! But English-speaking visitors fear not, nearly everyone you encounter in Quebec City speaks fluent English and those who don’t are happy to find someone who does to help translate your query. It is thus a fantastic little find in Eastern Canada that is a highly popular tourist destination in both the summer (high season) and winter (covered in a layer of snow, it becomes even more beautiful!) But you don’t have to try hard – or at all – to enjoy Quebec. So here’s how to enjoy Quebec this summer!
I’m a sucker for a snow-covered city, but I chose to visit Quebec in the summer nonetheless. What I found was truly mesmerising – a city full of colour, vibrant plant life, and sunny summer days. Any city is hard not to enjoy in summer!
Walk the Streets of Old Quebec
Inside the city walls you will find endless inspiration with the extremely well-preserved French architecture. There are also endless artisan stores to visit, as well as souvenir stores (you’ll struggle to walk a block without seeing one)!
Enjoy Alfresco Dining
Eating in Quebec is not a chore, but rather a long social event – be that over lunch or dinner. The French love their food, and this tradition has inherently been passed on through generations of French Canadians. You can not only expect great food, but also a great restaurant scene. Why not try joining the locals and dining al fresco!? Head to Grande Allée for a long strip of fantastic al fresco restaurants.
Eat on the Cheap
You don’t have to break the bank to visit Quebec City – a city that is actually quite moderately priced given the picture perfect allure! Though it can be tempting to eat out every night with the fantastic restaurants on offer, if you want to save a few bucks and eat on the cheap one night, there are some great cheap eats around the city on offer! Perhaps the cheapest (and most reliable) of the bunch is to try the famed Quebec delicacy – Poutine (chips with gravy + cheese curds on top).
Enjoy the Open Museum
Walking around the city, you will soon find you are accompanied by an amazing range of sculptures, murals and endless artist galleries. The best part? They’re free! Inside the city walls you will find a high concentration of art work both on the streets and off. Be sure to look around!
Kick Back on the Green
If you’re tired of walking the city streets, why not kick back in one of the many parks for a picnic, to read a book, or just to people watch!? One of the most popular parks (and huuuuuge in size) is the Battlefields park, where you’ll always find plenty going on.
Escape the City for a Few Hours to Visit Île d’Orléans
If you have more than two days in Quebec City, you might enjoy a city escape to the nearby (20 minutes drive) Île d’Orléans, an island filled with fresh produce, local artisans, and gorgeous French homes!