I had the good fortune to spend my holidays in Quebec City last week. I’ve been to this city four times now, although a number of years have transpired since my last trip. The first two times I went there was as a chaperone to a Grade 10 field trip when I was a high school teacher. It’s not the most relaxing way to spend time in Quebec City, as your role is closer to that of a warden, patrolling hotel corridors to ensure that none of the students have done a bunk, and touring the sites with dozens of very noisy teenagers. The third time I visited was when I was attending a conference held in the the Université de Laval, but I didn’t spend too much time in the city. This past week was an opportunity to explore the city leisurely.
As always, I visited a number of churches. I spent much of my Saturdays as a child and teenager visiting and photographing country churches with my father, and the love of churches has stuck. Below are some of the beautiful churches in the city. My favourite is Saint Roch, as it has a simple, clean elegance and beauty, and a magnificent pipe organ.
There are plenty of museums and cultural spots to visit in the city. I have a Master’s degree in history of New France, so these museums were especially meaningful:
- Musée de l’Amérique francophone
- Musée de la civilisation
- Musée des Ursulines de Québec
- Musée du Fort
- Musée nationale des beaux-arts du Québec
- Musée Royal 22e Régiment
Plus, of course, the historic sites of Petit Champlain and the Plaines d’Abraham.
I found delicious vegan ice cream at Érico chocolaterie pâtisserie, which serves ice creams, chocolates, and has a museum about chocolate. I was fortunate to be renting a condo on Rue St. Jean, two blocks away from a large health food store (La carotte joyeuse), so I had no trouble eating healthy vegan meals. It was also wonderful to speak only French. I rented my condo from Les immeubles Charlevoix, which I recommend highly. This is the studio condo I rented.