Quebec City

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ice skating in quebec city

ice skating in quebec city

Quebec City is one of those places where you visit and then fall completely head over heels for and then move there. Well, I’m not ready to move there just yet, but I’m sharing my favorite highlights from my winter wonderland trip with my friend Dina. First of all, Quebec City is only a three hour train ride from Montreal. The train station in Montreal is easy to navigate and it’s part of the Underground City (Montreal blog post coming soon).

I had to wear my Canadian tuxedo while traveling because let’s be honest, who doesn’t appreciate a good denim on denim look. Also, it’s imperative that you wear snow boots at all times. I repeat, if you’re going to Canada in the winter you must wear snow boots. Your toes will thank you forever and ever.  Moving on, the train ride flew by quickly and they even handed out chocolate snowmen to all the passengers. How adorable!!

chocolate snowmanUpon arrival, we took an Uber to Hotel Manoir Victoria, a really cute and renovated boutique hotel located in Old Town and just a few minutes from the train station.

hotel manoir victoriaEvery street is so cute and you forget that you’re constantly going uphill.quaint snowy street in old town quebec citybagages de france We had to go take pictures of Château Frontenac. It’s the most photographed hotel in the world and no wonder because the views are amazing. There’s also a toboggan slide, but the line was really long. Maybe next time. We did find the maple syrup though! It was the best Canadian dollar I spent on the entire trip.Château Frontenacquebec city sceneChâteau FrontenacChâteau Frontenacmaple syrupMore pretty Quebec City scenes. quebec city sceneAnother picturesque part of the city is le Quartier Petit-Champlain. It’s full of little shops and artists and again, every side street is so cute and perfect.

Quartier Petit-Champlainquebec city Quartier Petit-Champlainquebec city Quartier Petit-ChamplainQuartier Petit-ChamplainThe Morrin Centre is also a must see if you love books. It used to be an old prison and has been transformed into an amazing library. You have to take off your boots and wear slippers for the preservation of the wood floors. It felt like I was back in time when I was reading and exploring the book cases.Morrin CentreMorrin CentreMorrin CentreMorrin CentreOf course Montmorency Falls is a must see!Montmorency FallsIsn’t this city just sooo magical?! I really can’t wait to go back, but preferably when it’s warmer out!

Montmorency Falls

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Montmorency Falls in Quebec, Canada, was one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. I know TLC said not to chase waterfalls, but I just can’t help myself – I LOVE WATERFALLS. It’s just something about their majestic beauty and grandeur. I’ve been driving people nuts talking non-stop about Canada, but I truly never expected to love it as much as I did. A summer trip might already be in the works..

Only two crazy girls would go somewhere colder than Chicago for winter break, but I’m truly grateful that my best friend went along with this insane idea. We had one of the best vacations together ever. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’d both rather be in Canada right now. We split our trip between Montreal and Quebec City. I highly recommend both cities. There is just so much charm everywhere and you truly feel like you’re in Europe.

My other crazy idea is to start learning French. I took a semester of French in the sixth grade and remembered a few phrases from my older sister and long and behold, I had those French-Canadians think I knew French! Everybody was extremely friendly and very helpful when we inquired about random stuff.

Anyway, back to the Falls. We took an Uber to the Falls from Old Town in Quebec City, where we were staying, and about thirty minutes later we arrived. There was no entrance fee and we walked around the grounds for a few hours. Right away we were taken aback by all the natural beauty. Honestly, I think the snow made everything look purer and it made us forget about how cold it was that day. Montmorency Falls is actually about thirty meters taller than Niagara Falls (which is on my Canada list). There are also many activities to partake in while there like riding the cable cars, snowshoeing, zip- lining (in the summer), etc. The suspended bridge above the Falls was sooo cool. I never expected to get such great views! The sound of the water and feeling the bridge move a bit made it so thrilling to walk across the bridge! Needless to say, definitely put Montmorency Falls on your bucket list!

North Face: Parka // Cat c/o: Boots // Asos: Blanket Scarf & Beanie // Madewell: Satchel // Ray-Ban: Aviators // Mirmaru: Wool Socks
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