Cruising the Saint Lawrence – Quebec City

This past October we took a Holland America cruise down the Saint Lawrence River in Canada.  The cruise started in Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec, and ended in Ft Lauderdale, FL.  Though Quebec is a French speaking city, almost everyone speaks English so you can’t really get into trouble! 

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We arrived around noon and headed off to try the local food.  Chez Victor was well reviewed on Yelp and it was near the dock.  Will was looking forward to Poutine, a local favorite.  It’s a bowl of French fries, covered with a gravy and topped with cheese curds.  This particular one had a lamb gravy and Will said it was excellent.  (I had a great BLT.)

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We had a day and 1/4 to explore Old Quebec.  This is not enough time!  But since we had been to Quebec in 2007 it was fine for a revisit. 

The upper section of Old Quebec (Haute-Ville) sits on a cliff overlooking the St Lawrence.  The lower part (Basse-Ville) is tucked between the cliff and the river. 

This maritime monument is in Basse-Ville near the docks.  

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This market was near our ship dock too.

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Exploring Old Quebec is like a mini trip to France.  Besides the language, narrow cobblestone streets and stone buildings from the 17th and 18th century add to the French ambiance.  

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DSC06107 C  DSC06109 C Rue du Tresor

The Chateau Frontenac, now a grand hotel in the upper city, was formerly the residence of the British colonial governors of Lower Canada and Quebec.  Its turrets and copper roof can be seen from all over the city.  

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Near the hotel is this statue of Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer and diplomat, who founded Quebec.

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Porte Saint-Louis is one of the old city gates.  Old Quebec City is the only remaining walled city north of Mexico. 

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Just outside this gate is the Parliament of Quebec. 

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In 2007 we took a tour inside the Parliament building.

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The Plains of Abraham was a battlefield that is now a huge park.

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A pretty board walk runs past the walls of the citadel and along the cliffs back into the old city.

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The board walk ends up at Dufferin Terrace, looking over the river.  We had blue skies during our visit in the fall of 2007.  

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The view in 2007 and in cloudy 2015

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Some more sunny pictures from 2007.

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The Basilique Notre Dame

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The lower city is called the Quartier Petit Champlain.

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Place-Royale is the site of Champlain’s trading post.  It has been preserved as it was during the 18th century.

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This huge mural, Fresque des Quebecois, depicts the story of Quebec with historical personalities, writers and artists painted into the street scene and sitting in the windows.

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Another fresco in the Quartier Petit Champlain.

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Notre Dame des Victories was started in 1687 and completed in 1723.

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Our visit was over too soon.  In the late afternoon we sailed down the river.

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Pretty scenery along the river…

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The Queen Mary II left after we did but caught up and sailed past us.

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0354 Quebec at Night C  Bonne nuit.

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2 Responses to Cruising the Saint Lawrence – Quebec City

  1. gooddayrome says:

    We just saw an Anthony Bourdain set in Quebec & Montreal and thought “We should go!” (After we’re done with Europe.)

  2. Patricia says:

    Loved looking at this post of your Quebec visits. Never gone and always wanted to. When thought I couldn’t afford to travel overseas to France, north of the border seemed a natural. Your pics remind me it remains a top choice must see.

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