On a recent trip to Québec City, I was delighted to rediscover some wonderful sites and take in lots of lovely sounds from musicians performing throughout the Old City.
Here’s the back story: a few years ago, I had bid on this trip at a MPI Xmas event which included a flight for two from Toronto to Québec City, a 2-day stay at the Hotel Château Laurier, a dinner at the famous Fairmont Château Frontenac and museum passes thanks to Québec City Business Destination https://meetings.quebec-cite.com/en. We were all ready to redeem this trip last year, but then COVID hit. So we rescheduled till this Summer and as they say “good things happen to those who wait.”
This city knows about food; we ate our way through the trip! Highlights included a very inventive meal at Chez Rioux & Pettigrew, which had been rated as the #2 best restaurant in Québec City by Trip Advisor. Originally this was a store that was founded in 1860 by Narcisse Rioux and bills from that time are on display throughout the restaurant, giving it an added historical touch. We had 4 dishes to share, everyone one of them a hit. Imagine scallops and mussels in a creamy corn sauce. Delicious.
The meal at Le Sam Bistro’s in the Château Frontenac was outstanding and included fresh oysters with a fennel & citrus salad and an amazing chocolate dessert. The best thing about the meal, other than the fantastic food was the view; our table overlooked the old town.
What surprised me was how hilly Québec City was; a walk around town used muscles I did not know existed. There are lots of staircases as well; so bring sturdy walking shoes. The Plains of Abraham are definitely worth checking out. There is lots of history at this site.
Another place not to miss is the Musée de civilisation. We saw the Maya exhibit which is featured until October 3, 2021. There is an extensive collection of artifacts, most of them never before exhibited outside of Guatemala. Did you know that the Maya built cities with massive temples in the middle of dense forests? Truly impressive!
I highly recommend Québec City for its culture, gastronomy and friendly locals; this destination should be on everyone’s bucket list!