Luckily most French Canadians speak some english! Founded in 1608 by the French, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. It is a beautiful, vibrant city with less than one million people, manageable traffic and is the capital of Quebec province. Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec) is surrounded by fortified city walls and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. So much to see, do and eat!
For a good city overview, we recommend the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. We sat on the top deck, enjoying a wonderful sunny day, taking lots of pictures, and saving our legs for the many miles that we would walk later. One of our favorite places was the Museum de la Civilisation. We went in on a rainy day thinking we would spend an hour or two. Five hours later, we walked out in awe--who knew a museum could be so much fun! It is on the top 10 things to do in the city, rain or shine.
|The Museum de la Civilisation is located in the historic Old
Quebec. You could spend an entire day or more here. It's very
hands-on and fun with everything presented in french and english.
|An exhibit on birds is in a room of mirrors, so where is Bob?
|The temporary exhibit, "Mad About Brains" was our favorite!
We learned so much about this amazing organ, when it works
well to when it does not. Especially enjoyed watching brain surgery.
|Remember "Where is Waldo?" It was part of the
exhibit on cats and dogs.
|See if you can find Waldo and his friends...
|Now that's a lot of water! Montmorency Falls in Quebec City
is 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls.
|A creative city with lots of street art; what cool bridge columns!
|Sightseeing from the top of a double decker bus, a great way to
learn a lot about the city in a short period of time.
|Cool street art--there were about 20 large lanterns hanging
over this street.
|Beautiful Fountain de Tourney--striking construction workers
vented their anger by adding foam, shoes and strike notes to the
fountain. See the news crew filming a piece for the evening
news. It was cleaned up the next day.
|Founded in 1871, J.A. Moisan is the oldest grocery store
in North America. Yes, we had to stop!
|He needed a hand!
|These are poetry chairs--each has a different poem.
Yes, you can sit in them too!
|It was spring in the city!