“Traveling’s not something you’re good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing.” Gayle Foreman
After graduating college, I went on a road trip with my boyfriend through Canada. I loved our brief stay in Québec City and have always wanted to return. When Travel Classics Montreal offered a pre-conference trip to Québec City, I knew I would be going. Although my grandfather was born in Montreal, the conference would be my first visit to that city.
For our visit, we stayed at the family owned museum boutique hotel, Auberge Saint Antoine which is located in the historic and charming lower town of Québec City.
VIDEO: Stay at Auberge Saint-Antoine in Québec City
Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is 125 years young and was built as one of the original grand railroad hotels by Canadian Pacific Hotels.
VIDEO: Join me in Québec City at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
What did we see?
I loved walking on the ancient Wall of Québec City, which is a UNESCO and National Historic Site. The walls surround Upper Town of Old Québec and were built between 1608 and 1871 under both British and French regimes. Thank you to our fantastic guide, Sharon Frenette and Québec Original.
During our day tour outside the city, we went to
*Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio: At the Copper Art Studio just after Montmorency Falls, you can discover the Museum Albert Gilles. We had a guided tour from copper ore to copper art and a «Repoussé» demonstration about the Art of Copper. I loved making my own copper art and learning about the art we would see at the Basilique de Ste -Anne de Beaupré. Make sure to see the exhibit of Christorama: The Life of Christ told in 50 silver panels. Do not miss Tea Time with their special canelé cake which is made in copper pans.
*Canyon Sainte-Anne and Air Canon: Would you fly over a waterfall in the Air Canyon? It is the first of its kind in Canada.
*Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré with the art of Mr. Gilles
*Lunch at Auberge Baker
Where did we eat?
I loved the rooftop view from the Penthouse of Hotel 71, in Old Quebec City. The building used to be the National Bank of Canada’s first head office in Quebec City. The penthouse kitchen is in the old vault! I loved the art in the lobby and Italian dinner at Il Matto Restaurant.
VIDEO: Dinner at Hotel 71
My visit to Québec City was so enjoyable! I cannot wait to return. I might come back for Winter Carnival. Enjoy all 20 of my Canada videos here: