Quebec City: Magnifique!
Why should you go? Plenty of reasons!
- It feels like France…without the jet lag. Eastern Time Zone! Plus, 95% of Quebec City citizens speak French. But hotels and restaurants employ English-speakers, so you will be understood. They may not be fluent, but that’s even better. Authentic. This is not a place that makes enormous accommodations to non-French speakers. You will need gestures, but have a safety net of someone who helps you. Win-win!
- It’s easy to get around. Quebec City is walkable, yet there is so much to see. Over 500 years old, it’s compact. Yes, there are stairs and uneven pavements…just like Europe. But you won’t need urban transportation or even a taxi.
- It’s historic. Whoa! Founded in 1608, North America tourism doesn’t get much older than that. The history of “New France” is fascinating. One very cool thing is that the French always respected and tried to work with the Natives, not destroy or displace them. Worth your time: A People’s History of Quebec. The French really wanted what was later called “Canada” to themselves. In the long run, the English prevailed. How Quebec has maintained its French heritage is nothing short of phenomenal.
- Exchange rate. Time to be realistic. As I post this, Canada is on sale. About 20% less for Canadian dollars than US dollars. As a budget traveler, a $20 Canadian dollar meal is $16 USD. Yet quality, value, and that incredible Canadian friendliness remains unchanged. Plus, you’ll have more to spend on Quebec-made crafts or pure maple syrup.
- Great for solo travelers. I recommend Quebec City for solos, especially women who are learning to travel alone. It’s easy to get to, compact, safe, and friendly. It’s a great way to practice solo travel before heading to Europe. And, it’s affordable, so important for those of us on a single income.
I was in Quebec City in early June 2017. The weather was cool and cloudy, turning into a sunny afternoon. I fell in love with this city. So much, I’m returning next year. And hopefully, many more times…
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