Quebec City, Canada

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    Jul 27, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    My bf and I are planning a trip to Quebec City in September for my birthday. Any suggestions on reasonable, but nice, places to stay? We tend to prefer a more modern style as opposed to something "old world" (if that makes sense).

    Any suggestions on things we HAVE to do/see while we're there?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Jul 27, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    Have not been to Québec City in 3 years, but my favourite restaurant there was It's excellent traditional French Canadian country cooking (boar, caribou, shepherds pie, etc, prepared exceptionally well).

    I wish I could remember the other places I ate, as they were awesome. Try to get a good recommendation on a créperie. At most restaurants in the Belle Province you will need to ask for the bill, especially if you are in a hurry. Otherwise they assume you want to take your time and relax.

    I stayed once at Hotel Champlain, which was both modern, historic, and affordable.

    If you are driving, it is well worth the picturesque view to take to ferry from Lévis.
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    Jul 27, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    Love Quebec City! Been there many times during the summer and the winter but never in the fall. I suspect that the city will be relatively quiet (ie no big festivals happening). However, you will still have a great time exploring all the shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs and sight seeing stuff. The people of Quebec are friendly and will proudly tell you about all the great things their city has to offer.

    Definitely get a place in the historic district (vieux Quebec) so that you will within a short walk to all the coolest things in the city.

    If you get the urge to do something healthy you could rent a bike and take an amazing ride along the St Lawrence river. There is an incredible bike trail that follows the river and is very scenic. I'm pretty sure it is on the opposite side of the river in the town of Levis. You just hop on the ferry to get there.

    And, keep in mind that fewer people speak english in Quebec City than in Montreal. French is the only language most people speak even though they may have studied english in school. It's a great place to brush up on your french icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestions...keep them coming!

    My French is VERY bad. Ok, non-existent! Will I be able to get by?
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    Jul 27, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
    You cannot go to Quebec City and not stay at the Chateau Frontenac. It just isn't done.
    Imagine the huge look of disappointment on the faces of all your friends when you're later regaling them on your trip trip and they excitedly ask "Did you stay at the Chateau Frontenac?" and you sheepishly reply "No, but we stayed at a Holiday Inn"
  • aznmtl

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    Jul 27, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    Vieux Quebec (the old, historic district) of Quebec City is gorgeous! Just walk all around and you'll find shops, coffee places, restaurants and art galleries galore. Visit the hotels in the district while you are there. I think 2 or 3 days will be sufficient to visit QC. If you can, you should also visit Montreal.

    My favourite hotel (and one of my favourites in the world) is Auberge St. Antoine. It's right in the centre of Vieux Quebec. It's a bit pricey but do walk into the lobby and check it out at least. The restaurant there called Restaurant Panache is also one of the best restaurants in QC (maybe in North America). I recommend celebrating your birthday there, either for breakfast or dinner!!!

    There is an Italian restaurant across from the symphony hall. I don't recall the name but it has a farfalle dish that is out of this world! It's good for lunch or dinner.

    The one gay nightclub is called La Drague. It's multi level floors are open on the weekends.

    Have FUN!

  • aumsean77

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    Jul 27, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    I lived in Quebec City for three years. If you stay in "the walls," which is essentially Old Quebec, you will find people who speak English. I lived in that neighbourhood. If hotels aren't your thing, try a bed and breakfast. But it seems like it's the same price all over.

    Gay bars...yes, Le Drague.