Thursday, February 11, 2016

Old Québec

About 158 miles away from Montreal is "Old Québec", a historic small town and capital of the Quebec province in Canada. A true UNESCO World Heritage Site, the moment you step foot outside of the train station it feels as if you've been transported back in time to a sleepy European village at the top of a cliff. Even during the off season, the town was quite dazzling with its remaining bright-colored cottages, charming cobblestone alleyways, and christmas decoration remnants. From toboggan sledding at Le Château Frontenac at speeds up to 43 mph to hot chocolate and chocolate croissants in the cozy La Maison Smith, and shopping along the iconic Le Vieux-Port de Québec
I felt like I was living in a fairytale for the day!

Who: Everyone— especially those who crave a taste of Europe without crossing the Atlantic
What: An official World Heritage site with everything from authentic eighteenth century architecture, to art galleries in the famed Vieux-Por district, multiple museums, cozy coffee shops, military fortifications, and a 270 foot toboggan slide (in the winter)!
Wear: Layer up like an onion if you're going anytime after mid December through early May.
Post-adventure, I can see why someone invented "Canada Goose" jackets. 
When: Winter // Take the train from Montreal, it's an easy 3.5 hour ride.
Why: If you're looking for a quintessential, Old European-type adventure! 
Tyro Tip: Try to catch an early train ride so you can watch the sun rise over Canada's icy landscape— it was breathtaking.

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