We took a private shuttle bus from KOA into Quebec City. It was about $20 CAD per person, round trip. It was a large bus which stopped at a few other hotels on the way in to pick up other tourists. The trip took about 40 minutes one way including the other hotel stops and without traffic. It was extremely convenient and well worth it to not have to drive the car in and try to find parking. The Festival d’Ete de Quebec, the summer music festival, AKA FEQ, was going on in the city with streets closed and detours so it would not have been fun driving or trying to find parking.
The bus drop off point is in Old Quebec (Haute-Ville) at Place d’Armes which is by the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac which is a beautiful 1893 historic 5-star Fairmont Hotel. There is a square there (Dufferin Terrace) with great views of the St. Lawrence River, a beautiful hotel lobby, and just a great place to sightsee and check things out.
Another square located in Old Quebec next to Chateau Frontenac is Place D’Armes. It is a popular tourist spot with outdoor cafes, horse and carriage rides, a fountain, and a few pedestrian streets.
Quebec City has great streets for walking around and seeing some great sights, restaurants, and architecture reminescent of Europe.
Basse Ville (Lower Town)
The lower town is part of Old Quebec and is very quaint and charming.
There are lots of steps you can use to walk from Upper Town to Lower Town and Vice Versa or you can take a funiculaire in either or both directions. You can catch the funiculaire from Upper Town from behind the Chateau Frontenac on the Dufferin Terrace. It costs $3 (CAD) per person per direction. We walked the steps…whew! And it was HOT and HUMID!
Lunch at Le Petite Chateau
Did I mention that it was hot, it was sweltering hot. It was in the high 90’s F with, what felt like, 90% humidity. Us westerners aren’t used to that kind of humidity. Plus it was the first warm day we had encountered for months after being in the Maritimes and Newfoundland for a long time. So, it was time to stop and have a few drinks and lunch. We choose Le Petitie Chateau next to the Chateau Frontenac for some crepes and maybe a drinnk or 2! Delicious.
Quebec City Citadel
The Citadel is an active military installation which is open for guided tours by Parks Canada.
FEQ – Summer Music Festival
The Quebec City music festival is an annually held 11-day event which draws over 1.5 million visitors with hundreds of performances spread over a dozen venues.
The Parliament Building is an 8 story building which houses the Parliament of Quebec which is composed of the Lieutenant-Government and the National Assembly. It was built in the late 1800’s and has had a number of addtions over the years. There are number of statues in, on, and around the building.