Over the past days, I’ve shared quite a lot on Instagram. Hence, you’ve probably seen that we spent our family vacation in Canada! We shared our time there visiting Québec City, Montreal, and Ottawa. In this week’s article, we will talk about spending a few days in Quebec city. We’ll share tips on what to do and see, and how to make the most of it despite the cold weather! This article will also show you that you can enjoy visiting Quebec in a few days only.
So I spent about 4 days in Québec City, and it was such a blast! I thought I’d split the article into different days and hopefully, there are enough pictures to illustrate what I’m talking about. And if these are making you want to travel to beautiful Québec, I’ll be happy to know!
Day 1: Montmorency Falls & First steps in Québec city
Day 1 was our first full day there. We arrived in the afternoon the day before, straight from Montreal, and just settled in our Airbnb and did a bunch of groceries for the upcoming days. Nothing major happened, as we planned the following days as I’m about to tell you just here.
So here we are, the first morning in Québec started with a good breakfast and then we headed to Montmorency falls. It is a short 15 min drive from the city. We parked on the higher level of the park… And got a ticket for the funicular together with our parking entry ticket. We started by discovering the park from the higher level, crossed the (icy) bridge and walked around, enjoying the view and the fall, half-frozen, with a bright blue sky.
I have to say that it was a rather cold day, some good -15C, but as the cold is pretty dry (when you’re not touched by the water), it is really easy to visit and walk. The sun, though, makes a difference and we couldn’t dream of a better day to visit the falls.
We continued our walk by taking the funicular to the lower level of the park and enjoyed a tea with the view there (we also always carried tea in Thermos cup, ’cause it helps to warm up). We then walked as close as we could from the fall. It was majestic and we felt teeny tiny there!
Following our discovery of the park, first we were hungry, and we thought it was the right time to head back to the city center. So, we drove back there and had a super nice lunch at “Chez Victor”. The burgers were so good and that’s also where we tried ‘poutine’ for the first time. I gotta say, it is a rather interesting dish….! It is not bad, but not really what I expected. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it is French fries, with some cheese and gravy sauce on top (which melts the cheese). There are a bunch of additional things you can add and after that, you’re full for the whole day.
We then walked around the city, went to a park surrounding the city and enjoyed the view till sunset. Once the sun went down, we headed back home as it got really cold and because we were a bit tired of the day – and still a little jet-lagged!
Day 2: Discovering the city under the snow
Is there a better thing than waking up under a massive snowfall during the Christmas holidays? I don’t think so! And as we were hoping for some snow, Canada did not disappoint! A layer of about 20 cm, and continuous snow falling for the whole morning. So after a super long breakfast, a lot of chatting, we headed to the city to see more of it and also enjoy walking in the snow (yup, we all love it!)
We started our visit by the lower area of the city, and so walked around the district called “Petit Champlain”, which is rather touristy. Unless you like crowds, you should come not too late in the morning. We took our time and saw some nice buildings, went into stores that looked nice and just admired the city. After having lunch, we walked outside until we were too cold to move. Then we headed to a little pub and continued our walk around the Old Market. We decided to shorten our walk there as the sun has been setting and the sidewalks were instantly freezing. We just went back to our place and played cards for a long while!
Day 3: Hiking in Parc National de la Jacques Cartier
The third day in Québec was, I think, my favorite of all. We left our house in the morning and decided to go all the way to the national park of Jacques Cartier. The park is located some 30-40 min drive from the city and is easily accessible. Even though there were some cars in the parking lot when we arrived (around 11/12), it felt like we were alone for the whole hike.
The path we took was somewhere in between easy and intermediate and we got to enjoy some of the prettiest views of the park, just us and nature around. Even though it snowed the day before, the path was just good for us to enjoy without having to rent any specific equipment. I guess the pictures will speak for themselves, and if you have the opportunity to go there, please do! In my opinion, going to the national park is a must-do while visiting Quebec in a few days!
Day 4: Museum of Civilisation & Orléans’s Island
There are not so many pictures I can show from this last full day in Québec, as I didn’t know whether or not you can take pictures in a museum. So I have just a couple, but you’ll have to trust me on that one. The museum is amazing! I like visiting museums, but I usually don’t like paying for them! But this one is one of the few I would pay to go back. Everything is nicely explained and it gives a really good understanding of the French and British influences in the Québec region and Canada. I cannot recommend this museum enough. We spent a good 2/3 hours there and could have spent at least the same amount another time to see it all!
We finished the day by going to the island of Orléans. This island is the one you can see from Montmorency falls. So it is located about a 20 min drive away from the city. We just drove around the southern part of the island and Ste-Pétronille area. I believe the island is so much nicer in spring or summer, but if you have some time to spare, it is worth going for a short ride!
We could not spend too much time there as we had to drive back to Montreal in the evening. But we’ve enjoyed one last sunset, and what a pretty one it was! Overall, visiting Quebec in a few days is possible. There is a bit of planning needed but we have not felt rushed while being there and saw a lot of different places!