Podcast: Budget Travel goes to Quebec City
A half-hour getaway to Canada's most charming and historic city
September 19, 2005

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Perched on a promontory overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City was settled by the French in the 17th century and has tenderly preserved its distinct provincial feel despite years of British and Anglophile Canadian sway. The relentlessly charming Old City is marked by slant-roofed granite houses, narrow lanes, churches, monuments, and parks. Its historic fortified walls, the continent’s only ones north of Mexico, have earned Quebec City a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Ninety-five percent of Quebecois speak French, and they blend a sophisticated sensibility with a hearty frontier attitude, evinced in the huge, rowdy carnival mounted each frigid February. Museums and cultural centers nod to the region’s Huron, Iroquois and Inuit heritage; the sleepy, farm-filled Island of Orleans makes for an idyllic afternoon jaunt.

Co-hosts: Adrien Glover and Jim Luce
Director: Adrien Glover
Co-producers: Adrien Glover and Jim Luce
Music: Dave Hart

Quebec City Links & Info

Auberge Saint-Antoine (hotel)
418/692-2211 or 888/692-2211, 8 Saint-Antoine St., saint-antoine.com
Location: Vieux Port, or Old Port

Les Calèches de la Nouvelle-France
418/692-0068; $75 for the ride + tip

City Tour
Québec City and Area Tourism and Convention Bureau, 418/564-7213
Tour guide: Élyse Busque

L'Espace Félix Leclerc
Île d'Orléans, Felixleclerc.com
Performer: Sabrina Bisson; tickets from $10

L'Érablière Sucre d'Art (family sugar shack)
8516, avenue Royale, 418/824-5626

Panache Restaurant (inside Auberge Saint-Antoine)
418/692-2211 or 888/692-2211, 8 Saint-Antoine St.,
Chef: François Blais

Le Petite Chateau (fondue restaurant)
Next door to the Chateau Frontenac (see below)

St. Laurent Piano Bar & Lounge,
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

1 rue des Carriers, 418/692-3861 or 800/441-1414, Fairmont.com

Wendake (Huron Indian site)
575, rue Stanislas-Koska, 418/842-4308
Contact: Mrs. Nancy Picard

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Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.