Wandering Wednesday – Quebec City, Canada – Our First Day


We arrived in Quebec City, driving in from Montreal.  The city, at first, is like any other large city in North America, then suddenly, BOOM, 17th century.  This is the closest thing to a European experience on the continent.  The closer we got to our hotel we got, the more amazing it became.  Then we saw the castle, Le Chateau Frontenac, an old railway hotel in the heart of the Old City, with a breathtaking view of the St Lawrence River.  Stunning.

Chateau Frontenac

We pulled up in front of this magnificent building and then realized that we our hotel was directly across a square from it.  We were staying a quaint B&B style hotel called Auberge Du Trésor.  Once again we had lucked out and picked a wonderful place to stay.

Auberge Du Trésor - Quebec City

We quickly dropped our bags, parked the car and headed out to take in some sights before nightfall.  It was October and the days were shortening and we had arrived late in the day. It was also our anniversary and we had a supper set for later in the evening at the hotel restaurant.  We were immediately taken with the “other country” atmosphere, right down to the language thing.  Old world buildings, french being spoken, very different from anywhere else in Canada or the USA.  Here are a few pics.

Sidewalk Bar

Evening hits Quebec City.

Artist Alley

The famous Artist Alley.  The wall on the right is the wall of our hotel.

Auberges Des Tresors at Night

Our hotel at night looks every bit as wonderful as during the day.   Overall first impression of Quebec City, a spectacular place to visit.

A long day, time to enjoy our anniversary dinner, the big 31.  The meal at the 1640 restaurant was very good, and we found our favourite wine on the list. Oyster Bay Merlot out of New Zealand.  This is hard to do with tendency in Quebec to stock old world wines.  The meal was great, so good in fact that I only remembered to take pictures of the appetizer and the soup and salad.  Drool over these while I end the post with a promise of more Quebec City next week.

Appetizer at 1640 Restaurant

Soup and Salad

About John

I enjoy travel, sports, music and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of music and travel posts and a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Canuck.

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Canada, Quebec, Quebec City, travel and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hi,
    Great photos, looks like you are already enjoying yourselves. Looking forward to seeing more.
    Happy Anniversary. 🙂

  2. Was in Ottowa and Gatineau Park. Didn’t realize we were on the Quebec until all the signs turned French.
    Beautiful scenery! Can’t wait for part two,

  3. Chateau Frontenac looks like a cross between Hogwarts and Westminster Palace. Enjoy Quebec. It’s like a separate little world in itself.
    And I finally added MoneyGrabber, that I found on your site about a week ago, to my collection.

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