Destination of the Day: Québec City (maybe when it’s a little warmer)

1-Running around

Today we remember one of our first family adventures to Québec City. Yep, that’s a much younger version of our daughter running along the city’s cobblestone streets.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Québec City during the middle of summer and in the dead of winter, and even though the colder months are beautiful and the skiing is terrific, I’m more of a summer guy.

During summer, the streets of Québec City are something to behold. The cafes along rue Saint-Jean are abuzz with visitors, enjoying the great European-inspired food the city is known for. The Marche du Vieux-Port de Quebec is a frenetic meeting place where you can buy fruits harvested that day, local wines and fresh artisanal breads and pastries.

It’s also one of the most family-friendly destinations we’ve ever visited in North America. The kids felt right at home, even though they spoke no French.

To get an idea of the city’s beauty, and it’s unlikely symmetry, head up to the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart Building, to the Observatoire de la Capitale. Its exhibits offer a show-and-tell of this incredible city.

We remain enamored of Québec City, even today.

Have you ever been? What are your favorite memories of Québec City?

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott, a.k.a., Dad, is a writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer.