Yearning to do something different? Head for Quebec City, Canada! With biking, hiking, boating, fishing, golf, dog sledding, ice skating, snow slides and a Winter Carnival plus historic sites and great restaurants, this is a great destination for the entire family.


Start with a history lesson: Old Quebec, built in 1608, still has walls and ramparts, and many cute shops in old buildings that are fun to check out. Head for the Place Royale, social center of Quebec since its founding. Don’t miss the Citadelle, still an active military base, with its museum and guided tours. (The Changing of the Guard here is at 10 am daily.) The Basilica is from the 17th century.


Then have some fun: Check out the Quebec Experience, a multi media show. Hop on the funicular ($2) that connects Lower Town with the Terrace Dufferin for great views and street performers. (Or walk up hundreds of steps – your choice.) Visit Morrin Centre, the old prison now a library (jail cells open to view / kids under 8 free).


Get moving! Spend a day at Montmorency Falls (a state park), 275 feet high and higher than Niagara Falls. A hiking / rock climbing trail is fun. Less adventurous visitors can take a guided tour and a cable car to the top for great pictures. Visit Ile d’Orleans where there are many pick-your-own-strawberries farms.


Something traditional: Check out the Old Port and its market. Take a tour of the Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in North America. Take a one hour tour of the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Ice skate (free with your own skates) at the Patinoire de la Place d’Youville, right in the middle of Old Quebec.


Something different: Visit Choco-Musee Erico (free) for the history and making of chocolate. In winter slide down the ice slide on a toboggan (very fast and $2.50 a ride). Opt for a picnic with fresh cheese and bread from a deli. Or try out a European style café. Visit a sugar shack (think maple syrup making) in March or April.


With so many unusual things to try, you’ll want to visit Quebec in different seasons for a totally different experience. Bon voyage!


  • Don’t miss “Benjo”, a huge toy store in the old city. There is a kid-friendly cafe, a small craft studio and on weekends kids can ride through the store on a mini train. In the fall, they host a festival with magicians from all over the world. Great fun, especially for a rainy day.

  • Took your advice and drove 10 minutes outside the city to Montmorency Falls where you can now repel down a cliff! We also did the hiking trail and got great pictures. Thanks for the info!

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