Have you ever been to Quebec City? Did you know that it’s one of only two surviving walled cities in North America? (The other is in Campeche, Mexico). Quebec City is totally unique – and it’s in Canada.
At the end of August my travelling partner and little sister, Gisele, and I visited the city. It wasn’t our first trip to La Belle Province but each time I have gone I am reminded of how proud I am that this province is in our country. Many people compare it to European cities and I would agree. After all, it’s where Canada started as a French colony only to be lost to the British at the Plains of Abraham in 1759. (The war actually lasted 7 years but the final battle was the deciding battle with General Wolfe and the Marquis de Montcalm both dying in battle).
You can’t help but be totally immersed in history when you visit Old Quebec – it’s all around you in the architecture, the cuisine, the museums and the churches. The influences of both France and England is obvious everywhere.
This is part 1 of 3 blog entries, mini scrapbooks if you will, of our trip. I took over 400 photos which is easy to do as the city and its environs are very photogenic but the pictures I feature here are those elements that piqued my interest.
I regret not having taken pictures of the amazingly delicious traditional foods we had but on the second day of our trip I dropped my Iphone in the water! I had to resort to using my old-school camera.
4 thoughts on “Travels in Quebec Part 1/3”
Hi Johanne, another great story that hits home for me that I shared with Facebook. My ancestors came from St. Brieuc of Bretagne France and first settled in St. Jean Acadie (Prince Edward Island) then married a Mi’kmaq, Ursula Labouve of Port Royal. From there they settled along Kamouraska Quebec in 1742.
It sounds like you’ve done some genealogical research on your family! It’s amazing when you think of what our ancestors’ lives were like compared to ours today. Sometimes I wonder if ours are that much better! Oh well, at least we live longer 🙂
I visited old Quebec city in the 1980’s. I loved it, and decided that it would be a very great loss if Quebec ever decided to separate from Canada. I would love to revisit it someday!!
I totally agree. Quebec is such a part of the Canadian identity and I wouldn’t want to see them separate either especially considering my own ancestors emigrated from France to Quebec in 1645!