A city filled with history, Quebec City gives out an old-world charm like no other. Founded in 1608, the city retains its old colonial core and is frequented by cruise ships that dock at the heart of the lower city. Petit Champlain, a neighbourhood near the lower city, is full of charming little shops that is now a mix of old and new.
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Drop by Old Quebec to witness the rich historical landmarks and museums. The town is also home to the majestic Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel which is surrounded by various government, religious and military buildings. Take a walk along the Terrasse Dufferin, a wide boardwalk which overlooks the city and the St. Lawrence River.
Quebec is also the home to the first hospital in North America, The Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. It was first established in 1645 by Jeanne Mance, a nurse from New France, together with Augustinian nuns. The then-hospital can be visited through various tours offered by the city or by travel agents.
Alternatively, you can visit the Montmorency Falls which is about 12 kilometres form the old Quebec City. The 83 metre waterfall is located within the Montmorency Falls Park (also known as Parc de la Chute-Montmorency). If you don’t wish to hike up to the top of the falls, there is an aerial tram that takes you from the bottom of the falls to the top with ease. Located just a stone’s throw away from the falls is the Ile d’Orleans, which facilitates agrotourism through wineries, jam makers and other restaurants and shops that offers locally sourced goods.
End your trip with a spa day at the Strom Spa Nordique, a spa filled with the necessary amenities to keep you relaxed. Strom Spa Nordique will be opening a riverside location this coming fall to be closer to the port. The spa is ideal for cruise ship passengers aboard a small ship that offers limited spa services.