Jan 102016
 
Quebec City's Notre-Dame Church.

Quebec City’s Notre-Dame Church.

It’s freezing rain in Boston right now, and I’m seized with an urge to write a new article about the best place our family traveled last year: Quebec City, Canada during the summer! In this article, I’ve compiled 31 of my most beautiful photos from Old Quebec for your escapist pleasure.

The city does flowers so well!

Old Quebec does flower boxes so well!

Quebec City is a destination that epitomizes the word “charming.” It is worth at least three days of unstructured wandering and restaurant-hopping through its cobblestoned streets, should you be wise enough to schedule a visit.

Chateau Frontenac is the glamorous heart of the city.

Chateau Frontenac is the glamorous heart of the city.

In these photos, you’ll see the four “Fs” listed in the article’s title. First, flowers abound in the city in summer, spilling out of window boxes in exuberant rainbow waterfalls. My all-time favorite Quebec flower photo is below, captured after I asked my husband one too many times to pose for me. Bwhaha!

My husband was not excited about posing with the pretty flowers. Hehe.

Colin was not excited about posing with the pretty flowers AGAIN. Hehe.

Next, you will see food, because Quebec is famous for its delicious, French-inspired fare. We dined on outdoor patios almost every meal, and our little traveling toddler enjoyed the al fresco meals, too.

Dining al fresco is the thing to do during a Quebec summer. Our little guy loved it, too!

Dining al fresco is the thing to do during a Quebec summer. Our little guy loved it, too!

Third, Chateau Frontenac features prominently in many of these pictures, because the fancy hotel reminds me of a fairy tale castle, and makes a gal happy to look at. Paired with Old Quebec’s historic 17th century buildings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it’s all a romantic feast for the eyes. Want to sleep inside this castle? Click to see current deals on this remarkable hotel, as it’s surprisingly affordable!

Isn't it like a fairy tale land?

Isn’t Old Quebec like a fairy tale land?

Finally, these photos show fun. From river-side walking paths, to fresh markets, to joyful public art, Quebec City made our family smile with its color and joie de vivre. Despite the fact that I was in my first trimester of pregnancy during the trip and nauseous as heck, I still had a good time, and that says a lot!

Sunset on the St. Lawrence River.

Sunset on a sweet footpath we found along the St. Lawrence River.

Without further ado, let us explore Quebec City through some more luscious photographs! I’m curious to find out: Which ones call out to you the most? Which surprise you? Which make you want to find that exact spot and sip an espresso in front of its glory? Let’s see!

Pink glass street art in an alley.

Pink glass street art in an alley.

A tranquil green park in Old Quebec.

A tranquil green park in Old Quebec.

Delightful purple flower boxes.

Delightful purple flower boxes.

Street performers are a big part of the city's culture.

Street performers are a big part of the city’s culture.

Fire-juggling street performers.

Fire-juggling performers captivate in the center of Old Quebec.

Charming streets of Quebec City.

Charming streets of Quebec City.

Salad with brie, raspberries, and honey.

Salad with brie, raspberries, and honey.

Awesome public art and murals abound in Quebec City.

Awesome public art and murals abound in Quebec City.

Our son attempting to rob my purse during an outdoor lunch.

Our son attempting to rob my purse during an outdoor lunch.

The stunning ceiling of Quebec's Notre-Dame Church!

The stunning ceiling of Quebec’s Notre-Dame Church!

These bright red flowers were all around!

These bright red flowers were all around.

Me romping with Devi at Chateau Frontenac.

Me romping with Devi at Chateau Frontenac.

An interior view of Notre-Dame Church.

An interior view of Notre-Dame Church.

Delicate pink flowers along the restaurant patio where we ate dinner one night.

Delicate pink flowers along the restaurant patio where we ate dinner one night.

These winding streets are good for a week of happy wandering through Old Quebec.

These winding streets are good for a week of happy wandering through Old Quebec.

A steep cobblestone hill.

This steep cobblestone hill in Quebec reminded me of Greece.

Cannons are sprinkled throughout town.

Cannons are sprinkled throughout town.

Gold and green in the Quebec City dusk.

Gold and green in the Quebec City dusk.

Isn't this an inviting place to eat? Cobblestones!

Isn’t this an inviting place to eat? Cobblestones!

An ugly bridge support beam transformed by public art!

An ugly bridge support beam transformed by public art!

Who needs napkins?

Who needs napkins when dining outdoors?

Cobblestone ramp.

This cobblestone ramp was both beautiful and useful for our stroller.

There are plenty of old-fashioned horse-drawn carriages in Old Quebec.

Horse-drawn carriages add to the allure of Old Quebec.

A picturesque church and square.

Doesn’t picturesque Quebec City make you want to hold hands?

So, did you enjoy this stroll through delightful Quebec City? I hope so, because I loved photographing it! Do leave your impressions or experiences with the city in the comments section, below. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! If you enjoyed this article and are still planning your trip, click here for an easy link to Quebec City hotel deals, and here for cheap flights to Quebec City, as it will give a small commission to help support this site at no cost to you. Have a great trip!

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  14 Responses to “Quebec City, Canada: Flowers, Frontenac, Food, and Fun”

  1. Hi!

    I come from Quebec city! Thank you so much for the good words about my city! I you ever want to come back… during the winter, at Christmas time is the perfect choice! Every shop, every corner is decorated with lights! You can even visit the Chateau Frontenac … it is very special when they decorate for Christmas.

  2. Wow! Thank you for your article and awesome photos. Your family are so sweet.
    As for me, Quebec is a favourite city among others. We travelled there with my gf about 8 months ago. Quebec is one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. The city’s compact size makes it ideal for walking, and it shines brightest when you slow down. There’s more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares. I think Quebec must be in everyone’s bucket list.

  3. One of my favorite cities in the world. I agree with you totally. Quebec is so wonderful even in the winter. Great pictures.

  4. Every time I see your photos of Quebec, it reminds me to put it on my list of places to travel in the near future. Stunning shots!

  5. Such lovely pictures. The buildings, the art work, the colors, OH MY! Honestly, Quebec City wasn’t even on my radar, but it is now!

  6. This looks so charming and definitely like my kind of city!

  7. Very inspiring. I’m loving with the city now.

  8. No, but really – how beautiful! And that salad (can you tell it’s dinner time where I live…?)!

  9. Gorgeous. This is one of my favorite cities, too – it’s so beautiful there!

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