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About Quebec City
At more than four hundred years old, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. It is also the only city in North America that surrounded by a fortified wall (developed by the French to prevent British invasion). After being captured by the British in the battle along the Plains of Abraham, which you can go visit and walk around today, the city was fortified even further with the building of a citadel. You can go and visit the citadel for a charge and a tour guide will give you all of the information about the wars, buildings, and the history of the French Canadian military regiment that still uses the citadel as one of its bases today. You can also observe the changing of the guard ceremony every morning with your entrance ticket.
Walking alone through the stone cobbled streets of Quebec City is beautiful and an attraction unto itself. Most of the buildings here -- including Chateau Frontenac, Canada's most famous castle and hotel -- are incredibly old and have amazing architecture. The Notre Dame Basilica is also impressive, with tours through the crypt under the church on request for a small fee. It is home to some of the most pivotal players in the founding of Quebec and the church, including Laval himself.
The city has an amazing vibe to it and there is an abundance of free shows and festivals that occur throughout the summer and winter months. It is a good idea to check these things out before you get there to avoid missing out with accommodation.
Hostels in Quebec City are mostly located throughout the downtown center and within walking distance of all of the attractions. There are an abundance of restaurants to eat at within the downtown core, but you can also find supermarkets close by for purchasing your own food. Ask at your accommodation for the closest place.
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Auberge Internationale de Québec Hostel
"HI - Quebec - Auberge Internationale de Québec Hostel has an amazing atmosphere and is upbeat. The staff here are really cool; all of them speak English and French, which is helpful, and they are full of information on places to see and go. The Location Located right in the center of the action in downtown, Quebec City, this hostel has an amazing location! You are within walking distance of all major attractions that you would want to...
"FLEAS! - We noticed the rooms were dirty when arriving, then we got bites, after research and knowledge about a 'crazy dog that goes around everywhere.' we found out we had FLEAS!!!! The manager, he said it was rashes, blamed the water, soap and was adamant that it was not fleas. Upon trying to get our money back the owner said we were 'never happy'! WE had FLEAS!!! The montreal hostel under the same owner, has bedbugs and the flea ridden dog...
Auberge Maeva Quebec
"When we got there, a wing of Auberge Maeva Quebec was under serious construction. We had no issue with that fact, until we understood that we would be sleeping in the wing that was being torn apart and rebuilt. The hostel (this part of it, at least) shouldn't have been open. The Location The location is great -- it's located in the St-Roch neighborhood, close to the Vieux-Québec, a short walk from Grande-Allée. The location of the...
Auberge Jeunesse a LouLou - Levis
"… your own table. Add a glass of wine and your on for a good evening. LOCATION: We are located at only 15 minutes from the action, down town Old Quebec (2 free shuttles per day), only 12 minutes from the airport (we can pick you up for 8$), walking distance from train station and city bus is at the door. Around the hostel you'll find bars, pubs and restaurants, shopping center with grocery and all you need. Less than 1km...
Auberge Jeunesse a LouLou
"… on the Table style moment' to make you feel at home with friends. For those who prefer quietness, you can have your own table. Breakfast ($) is also serve every morning Lunch box: If you have an activity and need a 12 o'clock lunch, we can provide a lunch box to fill your needs. Internet: Hostel is equipped with Wi-Fi. Bycicle friendly: In addition to the 500km of bicycle path and trails close from the hostel, we are...
LA Belle Planete Backpackers Hostel
"We are a ral hostel right in the middle of the downtown we offer dormitories a lot of private room for a couple of dollars ($5) you can get a private room with all your privacy we offer a kitchen full equip with 2 nice terasse we have a bar and a restaurant at the recption so if you want meet other traveller its easy" … "we are the closed hostel from bus and train station 6 minutes walk" … 390 Du Pont
Auberge de la Paix (Peace Hostel)
"Auberge de la Paix (Peace Hostel) is a relaxing place to stay in the heart of the old town of Quebec City. Though in an old stone building, like all of the old town, the hostel inside is fairly new and modern. Everything is quite brightly coloured and very cheerful. Lots of resources are provided to ensure a fulfilling stay. There are usually people hanging around and it is a great place to meet others. The Location Auberge de la Paix...
"this hosltel was big cozy .. and also cheap .. we loved it" … "Their website is in French, but if you call them, they also speak English. Here's the info about rooms: http://www.ywcaquebec.qc.ca/services/touristique.asp" … 855 Avenue Holland
Quebec Central Downtown
"… THE NOT REAL BACKPACKERS STAY IN DORMITORIES MESSAGE FOR PRINCESS WE ARE A REAL BACKPACKERS SO IF YOU WANT A BUTLEER SERVICE AND 5 STAR SERVICE DONT BOOK HERE STAY WITH THE QUEEN AT THE CHATEAU FRONCTENAC Located within a few minutes walk from the train and bus station; Gare du Palais, it is placed in the vibrant Saint-Roch, just a short walk from the Old Town of Quebec. Providing accommodation for people who wish to visit...
"… a common sitting area next to the rooms on the second floor. There is another sitting room downstairs with beautiful views on the forest. In the winter, you can go snowshoe in the forest. There is a dog and cat that live in and out of the house. Country biking and walking are also good activities.The house has two levels accessible by stairs. The rooms are on the second level and there is one shared bathroom. There is also one...
Le Soleil Nordique
"Le Soleil Nordique Guesthouse offers: PEACE IN THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING. Queen bed, Washbasin, Toilet, Television in each room. The room for 3 has a single bed more. Sunny balcony and shaded garden at your disposal. Inside bicycle storage and Bike rental. Free Wi-Fi access Free parking Free Breakfast Smoke free environment Family discount Safe and Quiet residential district in the middle of the city Spoken languages:...
SmileKonnects International House
"… calm, decoration everywhere. Also we listen to you and we can offer more on demand to make your stay even more enjoyable : bikes, ski, recommendations for places to visit, activities etc. We can't wait to see you here, and share a moment with you ... with a smile! Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay. Check in...
"FREE BREAKFAST, FREE WI-FI & FREE PARKING!! Motel Spring is family owned and operated, it is in Château-Richer, 20 minutes by car from Quebec City. 25 units with cable and color T.V. Quebec city tours and whale watching tour available daily. Free full breakast included from June 17 th to October 15 th. Free parking. Pets accepted. Taxes not included in the price. Please take note that since there is no public transportation in our area,you...
Auberge du Quartier
"… by its privileged clientele. L'Auberge du Quartier offers a selection of warm and comfortable rooms with unique decor. Our courteous and attentive personnel is unfailingly available to make yours a truly memorable visit. - No smoking in every bedroom - Air conditioning and TV in bedrooms - Parking available $ - Free wifi - Taxes are not included All rooms offer the following amenities: - Private bathroom and eco-friendly bath...
Auberge Michel Doyon
"… (2 miles) of the fortifications of Old Quebec Within 2.0 kilometers (1.25 mile) of Cartier Street, a must walk through in Quebec City Within 2.3 kilometers (1.4 mile) from rue St-Jean, another must walk through in Quebec City Within 4.0 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Château Frontenac and rue du Trésor Other Tourist Destinations to Visit: Artillery Park Basilique - Cathedrale Notre Dame De Quebec Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Centre...
"All rooms are nice, original ,spacious and inspiring. The victorian style house offers large living spaces, plenty of windows and great atmosphere. The sun set on the large balcony and it rises on the patio ( roof). We are part of a great neighborhood wher you will find; great restaurants ( honest prices...) bus, librairy grocery etc Close to the action yet ouside the traffic." … "Great historical building (1908) Five minutes from the...
Auberge l'Autre Jardin
"… that aims to further sustainable development and fair trade on our planet. L'Auberge l'Autre Jardin invites you to discover the heart of Quebec City with its original boutiques, venues and restaurants; an area bustling with artists, students and high tech entrepreneurs, just a few minutes away from the Old City. Twenty-eight (28) rooms in three categories (regular, luxury and suite) and dressed in three different themes (Africa,...
Hotel Motel Le Chateauguay
"We are happy to greet you at our motel for a well deserved rest. Our motel has 30 Modern units. All our rooms are equipped telephone with free local calls, complete bathroom color TV with cable, air conditioning, coffeemakers. Free access to the interior swimming pool, spa, sauna, exercise room, free wireless internet, continental Lunch for only 99¢ per person. We are located at the East entrance to Quebec City. We look forward to...
Auberge du Littoral
"… atmosphere and with a highly personalized service. With its unique style and its atmosphere perfumed with the aroma of chocolate, the Auberge du Littoral offers you ideal comfort and tranquility both for a family vacation or a business trip. The St. Lawrence River and a beautiful bicycle path border our Auberge, offering cyclists panoramic views of the Island of Orleans, Montmorency Falls, and the scenic Beaupre Coast. We...
Quebec City Travel Tips & Suggestions
People in Quebec speak French, not English. Yes, Quebec is part of Canada, but not every part of Canada must be English. If you only spoke French and showed up at a Toronto hospital, you would get the same treatment.
I had a very strange experience in Quebec City. I was writing a national licensing exam which was taking place at the main hopital in the city. I arrive at the hopital and asked the receptionist at the emergency reception desk if she she could help me find the location of the exam. She just looked at me with a blank expression on her face! She could not speak a word of English -- not a single word! Other staff members appeared and they could not speak English either! It was very shocking. These people were the admitting staff in a main Canadian hospital. If I were seriously injured I would have been in real trouble.
I stayed in Quebec during September 2005 and would advise enyone heading to Quebec during summer and warmer months to book a room at least 4 days in advance in Quebec. The hostels get very full so book ahead or you will spend a few nights without a bed like I did.
Quebec City is a lovely city!!!
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