A day trip to Quebec city from Montreal – what not to miss out

A day trip to Quebec City from Montreal is a must-do when in Montreal. It does not take long and you will be enchanted by the French spirit and the vivid colours of the Capital of Quebec Provence. I made a list of a few things not to miss out to do and see while in Quebec City.

My day trip to Quebec began with a ferry ride over the St Lawrence River and the symbol of Quebec city – Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

The first and absolute must-do thing in Quebec City is to take a ferry on the St Lawrence River and make the most instagrammable picture of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. I cannot make my mind which of the two hotels – Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac or Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the most photographed hotel in the world, but I do have the best picture of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. You will be able to admire the beautiful chateau from the water and I would highly recommend you not to miss out the experience.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and Old Quebec
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and Old Quebec

Old Quebec

Once in the heart of Old Quebec, don’t miss out to stroll along the little French style Rue du Petit Champlain. You will be enchanted by the picturesque facades painted in vivid colours.

Rue de Petit Champlain
Rue du Petit Champlain

Do not miss out la cuisine quebecoise

After a city walk in Old Quebec, it’s time for lunch. When in Quebec, I would recommend not to miss out to order poutine. This is an emblematic Quebecois dish that is actually French fries with greasy sauces. It’s absolutely delicious and caloricious, but when in Quebec do as the Quebecois do. Les Cabanes aux Sucres – traditional little places to eat for all food lovers are closed in the summer, so I could not visit any. However, I do not regret enjoying poutine immersing myself in the great atmosphere of Old Quebec.

La poutine quebecoise

Old Quebec Funicular

If you want to explore the upper and the lower parts of Quebec City, you can have an epic ride by the Old Quebec Funicular. It’s a cable car connection that will easily transport you from the upper to the lower parts of the city. You can also have a walk around and not miss out to discover the little cosy French-style streets.

Old Quebec Funicular
Old Quebec Funicular

Observatoire de la Capitale Quebec

And last but not the least, I love to observe cities from above. If you want to have a great view of the capital of Quebec, Observatoire de la Capitale is the best place to not miss out. This is the highest point in the city. As we had a conference at the top of the city, I got the chance to embrace Quebec from a birds-eye view. Great experience!

A view from Observatoire de la Capitale in Quebec city

That was my unforgettable day trip to Quebec City from Montreal. It was a hectic day, I saw so much beauty and tried new international food, so I was just grateful to have this amazing opportunity to travel to Canada.

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