Quebec in the Fall

Suzanne Barney on 22 October 2022
I was so lucky to have won this trip from the Canadian Tourist Board It was a twin centre so I was to spend 2 nights in Quebec & 2 in Montreal

We were flying with Air Transat a top Canadian leisure airline ( award winning) from Gatwick Which I have to say were very good there was ample leg room in economy and a good selection of films to watch and on time The flight was also full- I was amazed how much hand luggage was taken on board ! As Quebec is a French province all announcements were made in French & English We were indirect both ways - but the transiting was not too much of an inconvenience and gave us chance to stretch our legs The flight from Montreal to Quebec had the most beautiful sky and the scenery from above changed dramatically in the 50 minutes in the air

We were staying at the Chateau Frontenac 'the most photographed hotel in the world' a proud boast - but I can honestly stay there was always people taking photos of the hotel day & night! It is quite unique . When it was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1893 it was always a luxury hotel and was named after the Governor Count Frontenac . He fought off the English - well actually we left as winter was setting in but it became his claim to Glory The hotel is stunning and is the centre piece of Old town Quebec . At night it is lit up beautifully as is the whole square. I felt very special staying here I would say the rooms have everything you need so you need they are not 'fancy' and are all different shapes depending where you are in the hotel . The best suites are floors 14-17 and are named after famous alumni that have stayed there - But it isn't about the room it is about the whole ambience of staying here - it connects with history We were on the 7th floor facing the square -by the turrets . The bed was so comfortable the kind of bed you just melt into ,the toiletries provided 'le labo' Rose31 ' were lovely - so much I have brought them home! There was a hairdryes, ironing board ,safe , coffee maker

We did 2 tours one of the old town (2 hours) and one of the hotel ( 1 hour) . Which were both excellent and booked at the concierge This was a great way of finding everything in Old Quebec especially with such limited time. What a stunning City - so beautiful , so Romantic , and very busy as we were there Saturday & Sunday and the weather was glorious Monday there was far less people about . Sunday evening very few restaurants were open we struggled to find somewhere to eat Saturday was heaving !!

I guess it is like when people from Coventry go to Stratford upon avon and my guess was it was mostly locals -we heard very few English voices But saying that the locals were friendly and hospitable.

Quebec is beautiful with lots of lovely old buildings , reminded me of 'Disney'as everything was just so pristine and perfect. There is a waterfront as the Laurent River Runs through and a walk way to take you to the citadel where the big battle was between the British & the French with lots of cannons dotted about . The British were here but didn't influence the culture so they kept their culture There is an Anglican cathedral as well as catholic in the old town Petit Champlain which is in the lower part of the town is really pretty with shops & cafes and there is also a funicular to take you up and down ( if you can't bare the steps) So all in all a lovely place and if you can't afford the Chateau Frontenac then there are lots of small boutique hotels dotted abut So romantic and compact