I spent three days in snowy and freezing Quebec City to see my nephew play in the annual PeeWee Ice Hockey Tournament and to pack some sightseeing as well.
Here are some of the highlights of my trip:
Sitting high above the city is the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac which was named after Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac. Frontenac was the governor of the colony from 1672 to 1682, and again from 1689 to 1698 and is known for having defended the colony against British and Iroquois attacks.
This historic and most photographed hotel in the world was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1981 and an iconic centerpiece of the UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Old Québec.
A few steps from the Frontenc is the Old Quebec Funicular. The cable car runs on a track to transport passengers who would rather not climb the Breakneck Steps between Upper and Lower Town.
My favorite part of Old Quebec is Petit Champlain. Named the best street in Canada, Petit Champlain is the oldest commercial neighborhood in North America where you will find local shops and bistros. It is charming beyond words with its cobbled streets, stone facades, colorful murals, window boxes and planters which were still decorated in all the splendor of Christmas holiday, and ice sculptures everywhere.
A traditional culture of Quebec is the maple syrup taffy – also known as sugar or candy on the snow. This sugar candy is made by boiling maple sap before pouring onto the snow, then lifting either with a small wooden stick, such as a popsicle stick, or a metal dinner fork.