If you live in Quebec, you probably visited our province’s capital at some point. However, since the pandemic started, we have had to dive a little deeper into staycation options and I am delighted to share with you some of my finds. Yes, I spent extra time in this beautiful city, and here are my highlights a.k.a. the 6 activities not to miss in Quebec City!
1 – Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
I splurged a little to experience living in a castle at Le Château Frontenac, and it was 100% worth it! The feeling of walking into a majestic place feeling like you entered a fairy tale is unforgettable. I was lucky enough to get a tour of Le Château, which is also usually available to the public (for a fee and totally worth it!). During this tour I learned about the history of this stunning establishment. I also had the pleasure of trying their Restaurant Sam Bistro twice and I was delighted both times! Considering I had to take my meals in my room, I was impressed with how tasty and sophisticated it felt. To book a stay, or learn more, click here. 😌
Furthermore, I found out that there is a whole section with unique suites based on some of the famous people who have stayed there in the past. For example, as per the photo of the white room above, Grace Kelly’s suite was feminine and contemporary in an inviting way. There were even some artworks that she created in the room! Pretty amazing. To book these rooms, you need to visit their boutique hotel here. 👑
2 – Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
Since the opening of the new wing at the MNBAQ, this museum has had some amazing exhibits! If you are from Montreal, it is often worth the drive. After seeing Frida Kahlo’s last summer, I had the pleasure to see TURNER’s exhibit this time. The quality of the curation combined with the architectural beauty of this new building makes this place a must for anyone visiting the city. Click here to find out more!
3 – Plaines d’Abraham
The Plaines d’Abraham is an iconic site where history was made but it is also a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors. Other than housing the museum of the Plaines, there are many cross-country skiing trails! Considering many things were closed, we were thrilled to enjoy this unforgettable experience, not to mention the breathtaking views of the St-Lawrence river.
If you don’t ski, don’t worry, you can still enjoy the experience on foot! Find out more here.
4 – Aquarium du Québec
If you are like me, you cannot stop smiling at the sight of wild animals. Fortunately, the Aquarium of Quebec has a beautiful establishment with many fish, oceanic life, and yes, mammals! There are polar bears, seals, arctic foxes, and even a walrus! I did not even mention the beautiful owls that hoot peacefully but all this makes this place a must-see for all. For more information, click here.
5 – Musée de la Civilisation
Being the most visited museum in the city, you should definitely plan to visit the Musée de la civilisation. I was lucky to see a great exhibit on special FX sponsored by Netflix and there was so much more! This place is huge and has a lot of different exhibits happening at the same time so you will surely find one that interests you. Click here to learn more.
6 – Galerie 3
Finally, one of our favorite art galleries in the city is surely Galerie 3. They represent an amazing selection of artists and collectives and always have interesting exhibits. Our highlight at the time was the artwork collective Pierre&Marie who is now part of “My Magic Reality” presented by Jano Lapin Gallery – read more about it here.
Who says you can’t have a fun #StayCation? 💜 Enjoy what your country/province/city have to offer and make the best of your time away from home! I am sure you will learn something new and experience meaningful discoveries and you certainly will through these 6 activities not to miss in Quebec City!
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