Described as a ‘coup de foudre’ destination—a place to fall in love with on sight—Quebec combines the best of history, culture, food, and the great outdoors. Located in the heart of downtown, Hotel PUR is perfectly poised for you to explore the many gems this city has on display.
Your visit would not be a complete without exploring Old Town Quebec. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this warren of cobble-stoned streets is surrounded by a fortified wall that dates back to the 1600s. Absorb local history with stops at the Place Royale, Parliament Building, and the sweeping Dufferin Terrace. From there, the views over the St. Lawrence River and iconic Chateau Frontenac are breathtaking.
Sitting on the banks of the river, the Old Port adjoins the Old Town. Cruise ships make this their port of call, while local fisherman deliver their daily catch to the restaurants around town. Spend an afternoon watching the activity over a café crème and fresh-baked patisserie.
Outdoor enthusiasts head to Parc de La Chute Montmorency, where the dramatic Montmorency Falls stand 90 feet taller than their Niagara cousin. Take a scenic gondola ride to the top or walk across the suspension bridge for stunning views. Rock climbers will enjoy the challenge of three via ferrata routes. Slightly further away, the Parc National de la Jacques Cartier is located in a beautiful glacier valley where activities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, camping, and snowshoeing await.
As the oldest North American settlement, Quebec enjoys a rich cultural heritage. The Museum of Civilization brings this to life with its mesmerizing interactive displays. Culture buffs should not miss the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec (MNBAQ), which hosts the largest collection of Quebec art in the world. For a first-hand experience of rural life in the 1800s, explore the lovely Île d'Orléans.
When in search of retail therapy, St. Joseph Street with its high-end boutiques and chic art galleries never disappoints. Not to be overlooked, the foodie scene of Quebec is world-renowned. Heavily influenced by French cuisine, the city boasts Michelin-star chefs serving meals to rival the best in Paris. Alongside the elegant and formal, the city also embraces a hipster locavore food culture that showcases seasonal produce, fish, and game. A stop at a local sugar shack for a taste of the legendary maple candy, cakes, and syrup is not to be missed.
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