Québec was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain as part of New France. It’s the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico with walls that still exist. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The motto of Québec province, Je Me Souviens (I Remember), as explained by a local, is prominent in this proud city to always remind of the glories, traditions, lessons, and even misfortunes of the past.
Pressed for time, I only had a full day to spend in Québec. That was a mistake. I would recommend two days in order to fully appreciate the attractions this beautiful city has to offer.
I started driving from Montréal at 7:30am and reached Québec 2 1/2 hours later. I parked across from the Musée de la civilisation. There’s a huge parking lot available with reasonable paid parking for the day.
It’s easy to get around Québec on foot. To get between Basse-Ville (Lower Town) and Haute-Ville (Upper Town), there’s a funicular (Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec) if you don’t feel like walking up the stairs at Escalier Casse-Cou. Sites outside of the walled city, such as the Citadelle and Hôtel du Parlement are a pleasant walk down Rue Saint-Louis.
The only meal I ate in Québec was a quick lunch at Le Chic Shack. I had the most popular traditional Québécois cuisine, poutine. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but the homemade blood orange soda was pretty good.