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North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City September 8th 2011

I was able to go on a few day trips during my semester in Quebec City. The surrounding areas are beautiful and rich with culture. This blog is intended to help people who are planning similar day trips or day excursions. When I tried to find information - there was not much. Hopefully this will help. Hiking in Parc National de la Jacques Cartier Parc National de la Jacques Cartier is a provincial park about 1.5 hours north of Quebec City. The drive is easy and there was no traffic except for on the 40 and 440 when you return to Quebec City during rush hour. The park is well marked and laid out. About 10km into the park there is a welcome center with an information desk and small shop. There is also the option ... read more
Fleuve Saint Laurent
Start of Les Cascades
Mountain View

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City August 13th 2011

On Sunday morning we made our way to Quebec City. Greyhound buses don't go north of Montreal and the train was quite expensive at $50 dollars each so luckily Marie told us about something called Amigo Express which is a lift sharing website, and basically people doing long drivers sell the spaces in their car. She helped us use it (entire website was in French) and we booked a ride to Quebec City with a friendly guy called Mathieu for only $15 each. Mathieu dropped us off and then we got a bus (after much struggling to find which bus, as the only other person at the bus stop responded Non! to our Parlez-vous Anglais?) into downtown to find our hostel. Quebec City is full of steep hills and after walking up about 4 different ones ... read more
Us two
Artist's street
Birthday meal out

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City August 4th 2011

We had a fun drive to Quebec City listening to Leith’s tunes which are mostly death metal tunes (kidding) haha mostly Bob Dylan and 80s music which is fine by me. All of our music playlists are very diverse. I had to throw in some irritating songs to make everyone laugh like “Midnight at the Oasis” yup….try getting that out of your head hahaha. We checked into the hotel and guess where it was? Right next door to a HUGE mall – oh ya baby! So we checked out the mall had some dinner and then hit the hay! The next morning we headed for Kia Ste-Foy and met Directrice des operations Annie Laliberte and Andree Casgrain from Moisson Quebec. Annie had to interpret to her staff for me since they didn’t speak English very well. ... read more
Dee's lunch at Il Teatro
Dee and her artsy photo
At Il Teatro - Quebec City

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 25th 2011

Columbus (Ohio) --- Pennsylvanie --- New-York --- Ontario ---Québec (Maison) ========== 1510 km (Cumulatif = 16157) ========== Température: 30 degrés puis pluie intense pour les 300 derniers kilomètres ========== Résumé : ========== - Nous nous levons tôt (04 :45) pour tenter de parcourir le restant du trajet jusqu’à la maison; ========== - À l’exception d’environ 50 minutes sur l’heure du diner où la pluie tombe, la randonnée est belle et agréable jusqu’à Montréal; ========== - Entre Montréal et Québec, le ciel nous tombe sur la tête avec cette pluie intense et cette noirceur qui rend la conduite difficile; ========== - Nous rentrons finalement à la maison pour rejoindre nos douces moitiés; ========== - La distance parcourue en ce jour est de 1510 kilomètres. Un record personnel autant pour Alain que pour Michel. Il faut comprendre qu ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 23rd 2011

Left Watertown,NY at 10AM and arrived at the Canadian border around 10:30. Drove past the 1000 island region and very pretty. Would like to come back and spend more time. Arrived in Quebec around noon and plenty of crazy drivers and saw quite a few accidents. Arrived at our hotel outside Quebec City around 4 and had a nice dinner at the Auberge La Camarine (sounds pretty fancy but we sat outside on a deck). Feels pretty strange with all signs in French, but enough people speak English for us to get by. Alot less humid up here but the locals are complaining of the hot weather. There's a firework display a mile up the road at 10PM and we have an excellent view from our hotel window. Alot of people on the road heading to ... read more
view from hotel
Fancy drink (Kir)
restaurant sign...

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North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 15th 2011

We had a difficult day yesterday and an inauspicious start to our time here in Montréal, but fortunately everything turned out fine. Our last evening out in Québec City, Wednesday night, was spent at the Moulin à Images, or Image Mill. This is a pretty slick multimedia 3-D slideshow. What makes it special is that the slides are projected onto the massive grain silos north of downtown – 600 meters wide and 30 meters tall, and the spectators are facing the silos from across the Bassin Louise, a marina. The slideshow reveals the history of Québec from before European explorers to the present day. Like the Cirque du Soleil, it’s free. You just show up with your blanket and find a place to sit, and there are speakers along the marina that play the accompanying music. ... read more
Dan
Short cannon
Waterlilies and Dragonflies

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 13th 2011

As usual, we were up fairly early for tourism activities - our biking schedule is not really in line with the rest of the world. We started the day off with some breakfast in our tiny residence room, scoped out the laundry facilities for later, taped up the blisters on Eric's feet, and headed to the bus stop. We took the bus to just outside of Old Quebec City, and walked the rest of the way in. There were some steep hills on that walk, but overall it was still enjoyable. Just before entering the fortifying walls of the old city, we stopped at a little cafe for some more breakfast - it was about 10 am by this point. On our way in to the city we attempted to take a picture, and promptly realized ... read more
We Enter
Therese and Hotel
Us and a Ship

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 12th 2011

Today was another long day of biking, but we have arrived in Quebec City, and are staying in the residences at the Universite Laval. Have you noticed a trend in our choices of accommodations? Like in Trois Rivieres, the residences here are really cheap (about $70 per night), but they are not nearly as nice, or as big. Actually, the room we're in seems to be a single residence room where they have added in an extra roll-out bed, but for the price and location, we're still happy with the choice. We even managed to fit our bikes in the room instead of using the special bike lock-up, though its a tight squeeze. This morning had a bit of a slow start. Trois Rivieres started to seem like Hotel California - you can check out any ... read more
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We're number 1!
What We Really Look Like

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 12th 2011

It has been a while since we last posted; looking back at where we left off seems like ages ago. We spent two lovely nights just outside of Montreal, and spent a day taking in the sights of Old Montreal. The weather was incredible, hot and humid and the afternoon was filled with warm showers. We got a little wet, but thankfully we are not made of sugar and didn’t melt. Old Montreal has lots to offer both for the stomach and for the eyes. The area is shockingly European, with cobblestone streets and narrow and winding roads. The street life is active and abundant, with cafés and tables lining the street sides. We first took in the Notre-Dame Basilica, what a beautiful building! It is one of the largest churches in North America and is ... read more
Street View
Notre-Dame Basilica
Inside the Basilica

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 11th 2011

In spite of the forecast calling for rain today, we decided to head down the St. Lawrence to the beautiful Chute Montmorency. Chute is French for fall (think: parachute), and these falls are higher than Niagara (the Quebecois won't let you not notice that...) but not as wide. The falls are on the Montmorency River, probably about a mile before it flows into the St. Lawrence. It is a lovely waterfall, and we climbed the stairs to the top, walked across the bridge that spans the top of the fall, and had a nice lunch at the Manoir Montmorency. I think our collective opinion was that while this waterfall was quite huge, it wasn't nearly as impressive as some we've seen in Yosemite. It was definitely worth visiting, and the mist at the bottom was so ... read more
Our street
Chute Montmorency
Going up?




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