The Charm of Old Quebec City

Looking up at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City

The charm of Old Quebec City never gets old. I’ve been to Quebec City a number of times. The first time as a youngster on a driving vacation with the family. The first overnight stop from Toronto was Quebec City. I remember walking through the gates of the old city and feeling like I had stepped back in time. Thankfully the old city is still there today. And it’s a real treat.

Quebec City – History

The old city walls in Quebec City, Canada
The old cobbled streets in Old Quebec City

Old Quebec is the only walled city in Canada or the U.S. and is designated as a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO. It’s a mix of history, architecture, heritage, art, and culture and is widely viewed as the home of French civilization in North America.

Early Canadian and French history abounds with numerous historic buildings and museums including the Musée de la civilisation. There are many art galleries and boutiques with a French flair. Restaurants and pubs have a warm and intimate feel and most feature Quebec fare including rabbit, deer, and duck confit poutine.

An old hanging store sign in Old Quebec City

Quebec City – My Favourite Hotel

In room historic artifacts with written descriptions in each room at the Auberge Saint-Antoine

While there’s a variety of hotels to choose from within Old Quebec and Quebec City itself, my favorite is the Auberge Saint-Antoine. Located in the heart of Old Quebec, the Auberge sits on an historic site dating back to the 16oos. As a member of Relais and Cheataux, the hotel has a strong focus on service and luxury. There are only 60 rooms with no 2 rooms alike, and each contains artifacts that were found on site. Their Panache Restaurant is incredible with Michelin star chef and a very imaginative menu.

Hotel room at the Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City
Bathroom and amenities at the Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
In room amenities at the Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

Quebec City – Winter or Summer?

Quebec City is like 2 different destinations in the winter and the summer. In the winter, it can hit -30c. So cold it’s painful but beyond beautiful especially during the Carnaval de Québec (the annual Winter Carnival runs from late January to the middle of February).

In the summer, there’s the Festival d’été de Québec in July, Canada’s biggest outdoor music event. Quebec City is warm and inviting with quaint streets to wonder down and walking trails to explore along the St.Lawrence River. Outdoor cafes abound and you’ll find yourself stepping back in time… and thinking about your next visit.


20 thoughts on “The Charm of Old Quebec City

  1. Michelle February 13, 2020 / 10:39 am

    Quebec City looks like a nice little place to visit! I love the buildings. How sweet that they have cupcakes ready for you!

    • markstraveljournal February 13, 2020 / 9:41 pm

      It was nice. Quebec City is great, pretty cold in winter but great always. Thanks for the comments

  2. nortoncharity February 15, 2020 / 8:43 am

    I would love to visit Quebec City sometime. It looks like such a lovely place and all the pictures are so beautiful!

    • markstraveljournal February 15, 2020 / 9:11 am

      Thanks for the comments. It is gorgeous and like being in Europe (without the jet lag if you are North American)

  3. allofbritnee February 15, 2020 / 9:48 am

    I have to see this place!

  4. mydreamality February 15, 2020 / 1:30 pm

    I’m quite fascinated by Quebec City, you’ve clearly done it justice! Great post so interesting!

  5. bournemouthgirl February 16, 2020 / 9:38 am

    It looks so pretty! Thank you for the information about the city! Thank you for sharing

  6. Riana.AngCanning February 19, 2020 / 10:40 am

    Quebec City looks super charming! I’ve only been to Montreal but would love to discover more of Quebec. And great hotel find too!

    • markstraveljournal February 19, 2020 / 10:56 am

      It’s worth the visit for sure. As is the Auberge Saint-Antoine. It’s perfect!

  7. Victoria international expat February 20, 2020 / 8:32 am

    I’ve never been to Quebec City. I am attracted to this place! Very beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

  8. lifewithclottedcream February 22, 2020 / 2:57 pm

    I’ve never been to Canada, but always wanted to visit Quebec – I didn’t know it was the only walled city in Canada or the US! Beautiful pictures.x

  9. Holly March 8, 2020 / 12:46 pm

    This place looks SO charming, I can just imagine walking around those nice little streets. You’ve also shared some great pictures too! Another enjoyable post.


    • markstraveljournal March 8, 2020 / 12:56 pm

      Thank you Holly. Quebec City should be near the top of the list for any visit to Canada

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