Roadtrip to Québec City

I just got back from a 5-day vacation in Québec city.

Quebec city roadtrip.

From Gatineau it’s about 430 kilometers (270 miles), 2/3 of that on highways and 1/3 on smaller roads surrounded by smelly farms.

We rented a small studio apartment right on the edge of Le Vieux Québec (Old Quebec), a fortified part of town near a port that has been there since 1608 when the city was founded by Samuel de Champlain (I think he has a great mustache, but unfortunately we have no idea what he really looked like — all portraits and statues were created long after his death and nobody knows what he really looked like).

Wikipedia tells us that:

Quebec’s Old Town (Vieux-Québec), the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist, was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985 as the “Historic District of Old Quebec”. It is also one of the oldest cities in North America. The city has a population of 528,595, and the metropolitan area has a population of 717,600 (2005).

We stayed 5 and a half days and walked everywhere. We only took the car once to go to the aquarium. We saw a Molière play, Le Tartuffe, visited the Château Frontenac, walked in the lower town, checked out the Plains of Abraham, the provincial parliament and we explored most of the fortified section of the old town.

I have taken many photos. I’ll put a few of my favorite ones below, but you can see almost all of them right here on Flickr.

(This blog has a limit of 450 pixels in width — if you want to see a higher resolution version of a photo, just click on it and then hit the “all sizes” icon above the pic on the Flickr page)

About halfway to Québec we saw this strange car on the road. At first I thought it was an electric car I had heard about, but looking at the picture I see that it has two exhaust pipes. Maybe a hybrid? Or maybe not.

The white building with a blue roof is where we stayed.

This is Québec’s provincial parliament, which we call L’Assemblé Nationale.


The two pictures above are of statues in front of the parliament. The first is various historic figures, and the second is aboriginal people.

That’s the Château Frontenac.

Another angle.

At night.


A couple from inside, with me at a piano.



Last three: The lower part of the old town.

Good perspective on the lower part, the fortifications and the Château.


Okay, that’s a bit more artsy, but I liked those.

On a beautiful and hot day on the Plains of Abraham we found this picnic table on top of a big pile of snow.





A few cool shots from the Québec Aquarium.

That’s it.


2 Responses to “Roadtrip to Québec City”

  1. Joël Says:


    I got your blog on ‘Roadtrip to Québec City’ by another search on google. For you information, the three wheeled vehicle is a T-Rex Car. This car is 100% made in Quebec. It’s not electric… The motor is a Kawasaki 1400cc. It’s a high performance car.

    For more information, go to

    Cheers !


  2. Michael Graham Richard Says:

    Thanks for the info, Joël!

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