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Quebec City - 2 or 3 days ?

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Quebec City - 2 or 3 days ?

Hello Folks..I am planning to visit Quebec city during the coming long weekend in July. I will be driving from Toronto.
I am unsure if we need full two days or three days in the city to cover the main attractions.
Can someone share previous experience ?
I also need to know what are the must visit places. We are more nature / adventure loving family than museums, though I won't mind to visit a museum or two.
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Went a few months ago...

Stayed for 3 nights (arrived late on Friday flew home on a Monday).

Nice little town.

Went on a half day tour on the Saturday - went to the waterfalls Sunday afternoon - Monday just walked around the old town.
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Thank you. For now I have planned my trip as below
Day 1 : reach late by 11 P.M and sleep
Day 2 : Water falls and town ( if energy left )
Day 3 : Exploring
Day 4 : unsure and can cancel if needed to
Day 5 : Leave the city in morning after breakfast.

From earlier reviews, seems I can cut day 5 completely and leave to Toronto on Day 4 after some light activities.
BrunetteGirl wrote:
Jun 18th, 2019 9:33 am
Went a few months ago...

Stayed for 3 nights (arrived late on Friday flew home on a Monday).

Nice little town.

Went on a half day tour on the Saturday - went to the waterfalls Sunday afternoon - Monday just walked around the old town.
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Start here ...
https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/

It’s the official tourism website for Quebec City

Having a car, you’ll want to spend the good part of a day exploring Ile d’orleans
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Île_d'Orléans
Very scenic & historic
And some picturesque villages with unique offerings
https://urbanguidequebec.com/day-trips- ... -dorleans/

The bridge to ile d’orleans is right at the base of Montmorency Falls
Which is the other big must see outside the city

Back in the city... you have Old Quebec ... the walled city
And New Quebec, everything outside the walls

Inside the walls things are compact... and the streets are narrow
(Bad for cars, originally designed for horses & carriages)
So parking is expensive.
Best to get around by foot ... lots up walking
And a good bit of it will be up & down hill
There is also public transit options

The Old City has 2 half’s
Upper & Lower Town

Lower town at the rivers edge is older
You can get there by walking down the winding streets
Or taking the funicular, which rides the rails on the cliff right outside the Chateau Frontenac
Or you can try the stairs ... l’escalier casse-cou ... which literally translates to Breakneck Stairs

The Upper part of Old Quebec is where the fort is ... La Citadelle
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citadelle_of_Quebec

It has a history as storied as our nation ... on this bluff above the St Lawrence River
Canada’s mightiest ... and the largest waterway east of the Mississippi
Today’s fort is the one modified by the British
And the Quebec residence for our Monarch & Governor General
Lots to learn here if you take the tour from the Royal 22nd Regiment (aka The Van Doos / Le Vingt-
One of Canada’s highest regarded, most decorated regiments

Or just drop by to see the Changing of The Guard

Then there are the walls, you walk along them, or gain access to walk atop them at the gates.
The boardwalk
The Chateau Laurier (tours available here too) ... or just visit the lobby, or drop in for a drink, bite to eat
Several Museums
Churches
As well as Bars & Restaurants, Street Cafes
Shopping & Artisan Street Vendors (Rue Tresor)

Outside the walls...
The Quebec Legislature Building
And the gorgeous Tourny Fountain
As well as the Plains of Abraham
And a very modern city
If you’ve not been to a Simons Dept Store... then there are several in malls around Quebec City

Love Quebec City ... try to get back there for a visit every few years
Nothing like it elsewhere in North America
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Brunette Girl and Points Hubby - You are the stars of travel forum. Can't thank enough.
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For the actual city of Quebec, 2 days would be more than enough. The Old City, which is where the vast majority of tourists go, is quite small and easily explored. Heck, one day could do the trick too. I remember arriving there around noon and by dinner time, I was basically doing laps around the place. The second day, I focused mainly on the Plains of Abraham and the citadel.
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If you have time (day 4?), check out the Ste-Anne Canyon which is just a 40 minute drive east of the city.
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PointsHubby wrote:
Jun 18th, 2019 6:25 pm
Start here ...
https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/

It’s the official tourism website for Quebec City

Having a car, you’ll want to spend the good part of a day exploring Ile d’orleans
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Île_d'Orléans
Very scenic & historic
And some picturesque villages with unique offerings
https://urbanguidequebec.com/day-trips- ... -dorleans/

The bridge to ile d’orleans is right at the base of Montmorency Falls
Which is the other big must see outside the city

Back in the city... you have Old Quebec ... the walled city
And New Quebec, everything outside the walls

Inside the walls things are compact... and the streets are narrow
(Bad for cars, originally designed for horses & carriages)
So parking is expensive.
Best to get around by foot ... lots up walking
And a good bit of it will be up & down hill
There is also public transit options

The Old City has 2 half’s
Upper & Lower Town

Lower town at the rivers edge is older
You can get there by walking down the winding streets
Or taking the funicular, which rides the rails on the cliff right outside the Chateau Frontenac
Or you can try the stairs ... l’escalier casse-cou ... which literally translates to Breakneck Stairs

The Upper part of Old Quebec is where the fort is ... La Citadelle
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citadelle_of_Quebec

It has a history as storied as our nation ... on this bluff above the St Lawrence River
Canada’s mightiest ... and the largest waterway east of the Mississippi
Today’s fort is the one modified by the British
And the Quebec residence for our Monarch & Governor General
Lots to learn here if you take the tour from the Royal 22nd Regiment (aka The Van Doos / Le Vingt-
One of Canada’s highest regarded, most decorated regiments

Or just drop by to see the Changing of The Guard

Then there are the walls, you walk along them, or gain access to walk atop them at the gates.
The boardwalk
The Chateau Laurier (tours available here too) ... or just visit the lobby, or drop in for a drink, bite to eat
Several Museums
Churches
As well as Bars & Restaurants, Street Cafes
Shopping & Artisan Street Vendors (Rue Tresor)

Outside the walls...
The Quebec Legislature Building
And the gorgeous Tourny Fountain
As well as the Plains of Abraham
And a very modern city
If you’ve not been to a Simons Dept Store... then there are several in malls around Quebec City

Love Quebec City ... try to get back there for a visit every few years
Nothing like it elsewhere in North America
Thank you very much for this beautiful overview.

We are going to stay for the Labour day weekend (Sat,Sun,Mon) at the Courtyard Quebec City (Marriott) outside the city. We are thinking of taking the bus into the new and old city for our entire stay.

Where are the entrances to the walled old city? Porte St. Louis being one, and I read somewhere there are 4 entrances.

Where is the central location / bus stop in the new city (outside the walls) where all the buses congregate?
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Elfwood wrote:
Aug 28th, 2019 1:19 pm
Thank you very much for this beautiful overview.

We are going to stay for the Labour day weekend (Sat,Sun,Mon) at the Courtyard Quebec City (Marriott) outside the city. We are thinking of taking the bus into the new and old city for our entire stay.

Where are the entrances to the walled old city? Porte St. Louis being one, and I read somewhere there are 4 entrances.

Where is the central location / bus stop in the new city (outside the walls) where all the buses congregate?
Glad to help

If we don’t stay inside the walled city, we often stay in the vicinity of the Tourny Fountain ... just outside the walls
At the Hilton, Marriott, or Palace Royal. Being outside the walls, these are newer high rise hotels with modern amenities like underground parking.
All are within a few blocks of the historic gates at Rue St Jean & Rue St Louis
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramparts_of_Quebec_City

The city bus terminus for Old Quebec is also in this area
You’ll find it at Place Youville... right outside the Rue St Jean Gate
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1 day is plenty....and more than enough lol

send the other days in Mont Tremblant.
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Got back from weekend trip to Quebec City. If you plan well 2 full days inside old city and nearby outside (Parliament building) is enough. One more day excursion to Sainte Anne Canyon (must see), Sainte Anne Sanctuary, Montmorency Falls and Ile d'Orleans completes the trip.

Montmorency Falls has an entrance fee and of course parking fee. By accident we found a free entrance by parking for free at IGA parking lot. Walk through the upscale neighborhood south of IGA, and at 171 Rue des Grenadiers near the La Maison Vezina, there is a free entrance to the Montmorency Falls (probably reserved for the residents of the upscale neighborhood).
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thelefteyeguy wrote:
Aug 29th, 2019 9:58 am
1 day is plenty....and more than enough lol

send the other days in Mont Tremblant.
Lol... sounds like you need a map
Mont T is nowhere near Quebec City

They are like 365 Kms, and 5-1/2 Hours apart by car

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