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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2013
Active RetireesTM | 23 See CITADEL AND PLAINS OF ABRAHAM For a fantastic view of Quebec and the St Lawrence River visit the Citadel (a fort) and stride atop the 4km of walls that enclose the old town. Nearby are the Plains of Abraham Battlefields where the British defeated the French in 1759. DUFFERIN TERRACE Flanking the imposing hilltop hotel Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a wide promenade with Parisian-style gazebos, known as Dufferin Terrace. Stroll along past the artists and musicians who come out in warmer months. QUEBEC -- LOWER TOWN Old Quebec comprises the Upper Town, where Dufferin Terrace is found and Lower Town, connected by funicular and steep staircases; one is called Breakneck Stairs for good reason. Don't miss the Lower Town's Quartier Petit Champlain and the charming Palace Royale, as well as the stunning five- storey mural Quebecois Fresco depicting 400 years of history. PARLIAMENT BUILDING This gorgeous eight-storey building runs free 45-minute tours and is an ideal spot for a lunch stop with both a cafe and restaurant. Set in lovely gardens adorned by the Tourny Fountain, the Parliament's exterior is equally impressive, with 22 statues of Quebecois politicians and leaders. FERRY TRIP For another great perspective on the city and a chance to snap wonderful photos of the Chateau Frontenac, take the ferry across the St Lawrence River to the south shore town of Levis. It's 15 minutes each way and departs right from the heart of the Lower Town. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT QUEBEC 1 It's the cradle of French civilisation in North America. 2 Quebec is the only walled city in North America. 3 Ithasmorethana dozen large wall murals. 4 28 staircases connect the Upper and Lower Towns. 5 95percentofthe 516,622-strong population speaks French. 6 Samuel de Champlain founded the city in 1608. 7 Quebec comes from 'Kebec' , an Algonquin word meaning 'where the river narrows' . 8 It has the only ice hotel in the Americas, Hotel de Glace. 9 The St Lawrence River is the longest river navigable by ocean- going cruise ships, with Quebec located 1300km from the Atlantic. 10 Dozens of cruises travel between Quebec and New York, and Quebec and Boston annually. Eat In a city with more than 600 eateries it's easy to eat well and often. For breakfast and good coffee try Cafe Krieghoff at Avenue Cartier, a short walk from the Upper Town. Tuck into crepes, French toast, omelettes and bowls of cafe au lait. W: www.cafekrieghoff.qc.ca T: 418 522 3711 The Aux Anciens Canadiens occupies the oldest building in the city. The cute whitewashed and red-roofed restaurant serves traditional Quebecois fare (bison steak, pheasant legs, maple syrup pie). It's a little expensive for a la carte, however, a three-course special is available daily. W: www.auxanciens canadiens.qc.ca When wandering through the Petit Champlain quarter pop into Bistro Sous Le Fort for lunch or dinner and try the duck and pistachio rillettes. Ideal for people-watching, this charming bistro is near one of the town's famous murals. W: www.bistrosouslefort.com Panache, within the Lower Town's hotel Auberge Saint- Antoine, is in a beautifully restored maritime warehouse. Fine cuisine is matched by the lush decor. Feast on Nova Scotia lobster or Appalachian venison, or indulge in a seven-course degustation. W: www.saint-antoine.com T: 418 692 1022 The fine dining Le Champlain restaurant at Chateau Frontenac is presided over by celebrity chef Jean Soulard. Two degustation menus are the best deals in an otherwise expensive restaurant. For an affordable afternoon treat book the 'old fashioned tea' of dainty sandwiches, scones and pastries, offered from Thursday to Saturdays in summer. W: www.fairmont.com Stay It dominates the city skyline, has the best location in town and has hosted luminaries from Charles de Gaulle to Queen Elizabeth II. Opened in 1893 in the style of a Loire Valley chateau, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is really the place to stay in Quebec. While pricey, there are good internet deals to be had. The 618-room hotel is undergoing a C$66 million facelift set to transform all rooms, suites and the restaurants, as well as expanding the already lovely pool and spa. W: www.fairmont.com/ frontenac-quebec A cosy B&B in the Montcalm precinct, L'Arvidienne is a 10-minute bus ride from the old town and short walk from the Plains of Abraham and the Museum des Beaux-Arts. Each of the three rooms -- Degas, Monet and Van Gogh -- has decor inspired by the works of the Impressionist artists. Welcoming hosts, a lavish English breakfast, free Wi-Fi and parking, and very reasonable rates (from C$119 a night in the low season) make this a great place to stay. W: www.arvidienne.com The Chateau Frontenac dominates the city skyline, has the best location in town and has hosted luminaries from Charles de Gaulle to Queen Elizabeth II. W: www. quebecregion.com/en
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