A City is just a City no matter what City you are in… well that train of thought does seem to ring true perhaps, except if you are in Quebec City. We are not usually fond of exploring City’s, usually we do it just because we were in the area, and I am sure we would regret it later if we skipped it. And keeping with the theme of this blog- No Regrets- we can’t risk regretting something later.
So off to Quebec City we went, we stayed in Levis, which is on the south side of the River and took the ferry across. The beauty of the Ferry is that it drops you in the heart of the Old Lower City.
The views of the famous Chateau Frontenac were beautiful on the 10 minute ferry ride.
Quebec City feels like a small European town, many streets are too narrow to allow vehicles, which is nice when you are on foot.
The upper City, which was once a walled City, is much newer, and not as picturesque. By newer, I mean it is home to Chain Stores such as Tim Hortons and Mcdonalds and many others, so it really lacks the historical feel of the lower City. Nothing ruins a nice walk down the street as quickly as the smell of McDonalds wafting by. We preferred the lower City. To clarify the upper City is still walled, but all of the gates are open.
Could you spend a week visiting Quebec City? Probably, but it would cost you a bundle of money for hotels, fine restaurants and expensive tours. We were happy viewing the highlights on a one day visit. Because at the end of the day, a city is a city, albeit Quebec City was very different from the others we have seen.