|Quebec City from above. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Warning: I was there in February and if the temperature ever went below freezing, it was only to produce new patches of ice. Walking and gawking is out of the question; you will hit ice and you will fall.
Still, there's something magical about a city swathed in snow and if nothing else, icy patches make you stop, allowing closer looks and a greater appreciation of what you're seeing.
The city climbs from a small, level stretch along the St. Lawrence River where it all began to a ridge dominated by the Chateau Frontenac Hotel then up to Parliament and the Plain of Abraham, home of the annual Winter Carnival, the largest.
Views from the river are stunning and it's easy to see why the Frontenac is called the world's most photographed hotel. Overviews of the city from the top are equally stunning. I stayed at the Hilton where the views down are spectacular. The only problem: they are so good that as considering the cold and ice outside you might be tempted to spend the day in your room looking out.
What a shame that would be with the fascinating places to see and delicious spots to eat.
|Bonhomme personifies winter Carnival.|
|Another human foosball game begins. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Get your caribou outside on inside. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Hot tubs were popular day and night at Winter Carnival. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Warning: At night it turns into a dance party, but I wouldn't recommend this; too much ice, too little lighting. Go in the daytime.
|An ice canoe racing team practices in the St. Lawrence River. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: Worth pushing yourself to see, Levelers.
Other things to do
|Tour the Hotel de Glace. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|King George III gave the silver service and part of the coronation robe off his back to the Anglican Cathedral. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Ursuline Chapel. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
David Mendel of Mendel Tours, an expert on Quebec City history, gives a fascinating and informative tour.
|The Inuit art will win you over at the fine arts museum. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: There are stairs but there are elevators too.
|Old town is magical at night; just watch out for the ice. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Quebec City from the ferry. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: There are 22 steps up to the ferry.
|Get that Titanic feeling aboard the ferry. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: Stairs are unavoidable as are hills in the old city. Lots of good places to stop and catch your breath while you leche le vitrine, "lick the windows," the quebecoise way to say window shop.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a bad meal in Quebec City.
|A good place for croissants and more. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Le Graffiti on Cartier Avenue, produced the best meal I had with a fine touch for flavor and an excellent wine list. Worth a splurge.
Savini Resto-Bar is a very popular, sophisticated wine bar and Italian restaurant. Upstairs is quieter than the bar area.
|Beavers everywhere at Beaver Tails. Photo © by Judy Wells.|