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The Charlevoix Train: A Scenic Ride Along the St Lawrence River

The scenic Charlevoix region has long been served by trains from Quebec City - but with hiccups along the way where service has stopped, sometimes for years at a time. Today the Charlevoix Train is very much in existence offering seasonal train trips between Beauport and La Malbaie with numerous stops along the way. The Charlevoix Train follows the north shore of the St. Lawrence River for 125 kilometres with views of the river, cliffsides and parts…

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Quebec City

I'm curious by nature and it's one of the reasons I love to travel. On every trip I learn something - whether it's the history that was never taught in school or the lay of the land you only get by exploring on foot. Here are 10 things I didn't know about Quebec City before my latest visit. Quebec City's Winter Carnival has been around in one form or another since 1894 (a few years were…

Where I Lost My Poutine Virginity – Twice in an Hour

You'd think as a Canadian who has been on this planet for well in excess of five decades that I would have eaten poutine by now - especially growing up in Ottawa, just across the border from Quebec. For the first few decades I can blame it on my mother. She was a health nut and French fries were verboten - as was gravy except over turkey at Christmas. In the ensuing decades the blame…

Why You’ll Want to Visit Quebec City in December

December is not traditionally a time for tourists in Quebec City and as such it's a great time to go. Prices are lower, there's lots to do both inside and out and there's a real magic to the city - especially with so many Christmas lights and beautiful decorations. Over a weekend you could easily fit in a visit to all of the following places. Park you car for everything but the aquarium. Quebec City is a…

5 Reasons to Visit Quebec City in Winter

Why visit Québec City in the depths of winter you might ask? The city receives up to 400 cms (13 feet) of snow per year and the average daily high in December, January and February is only -5.9°C (21°F). Yet the city has an infectious joie de vivre and there's plenty to do. Late last winter I had a chance to return to Quebec City, after a hiatus of some 30 years. Although John and…

A Tour of the Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Quebec City

When the chance of a tour of the Hôtel du Glace in Quebec City presented itself I jumped at the opportunity. I've heard about the ice hotel for years and I was curious about what it would actually look like. And I wanted to know just how cold it felt inside. The Hotel du Glace is far more beautiful than I ever imagined it would be - and far chillier too - though that might…

27 Fun, Interesting & Useful Facts About Quebec City

I don't know of anyone who's been to Quebec City who hasn't loved the place. It's got a 400 year history set against the backdrop of a walled city filled with narrow, winding cobbled streets. The place oozes history and charm in a manner reminiscent of old European cities. The last time I spent any time in the city was back in university days when the Chateau Frontenac was actually the hotel we used for a week long ski trip.…

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