Travel Oasis: Québec City

A few months ago, my mom and sister came to me with a proposition: the three of us going to Québec City with my sister’s school. They had a few extra slots, and my sister’s French teacher had offered them to my mom and I as chaperones. Normally, I would’ve thought about it for a while, but this time I instantly said yes. Ever since going to Mexico last year, I’ve been craving more travel and to see more of this world. There is so much out there, friends.

So, fast forward a few months later and off we went! The bus ride was long, but I chilled out with some podcasts and settled in for the ten hours (check out This Is Life Unfiltered, I Have Cool Friends, and Get Real). Soon enough, we crossed the border into Canada and made it up to Québec City.


Day 1

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Bonjour, indeed!

We picked up our tour guide for the next four days, and then we were quickly off to dog sledding!

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My mom and I partnered up while my sister tagged along with a friend

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Future sled dogs of Canada

Next, a traditional French Canadian meal!

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Pea soup and fresh bread

We took a crash course in homemade maple syrup (reminiscent of our own family tradition).

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We got fresh maple candy on snow

Day 2

Day 2 began with fresh croissants and hot chocolate at Cochon Dingue…

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They were more like bowls than mugs but we didn’t mind at all!

…and continued with a walking tour of the city!

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There were incredible ice sculptures all around the city

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Local mural
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From the top of the hill

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Every city has its own essence.

Next up was a well-deserved lunch followed by some Winter Carnival!

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Poutine is a must!

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I hadn’t realized so much could be done with snow and ice…
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Glass work catching the light just so

Night two picked up speed with a trip to the Ice Hotel and chapel and snow tubing (not pictured for obvious reasons ;)!

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Something stunning around every corner

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Chapel alter
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Outside view

Day 3

Day 3 began with breakfast at a local café, which had a familiar term on the menu.

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Yes, I ordered the Oasis

We continued on with a trip to the Basilica of St.-Anne-de-Beaupré.

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From the outside
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Inside the cathedral
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La Pietà
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The iconic copper doors

Next up was the local wood carving shop and Chez Marie for some homemade maple butter and bread!

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Wooden mosaic of legends
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Welcomed with open arms

We made it to Montmorency Falls for a spectacular view!

 

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Side view
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Looking straight down
View from the bridge

After spending some down time in the local mall, we headed to Observatoire de la Capitale for some history and yet another stunner of a view at sunset.

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To be honest, I love heights because you can see so much more…

We completed our day with some local free time and dinner!

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Day 4

Our fourth and final day began with some tobogganing and final down time before the long bus ride home.

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The trip up
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The trip down
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After we returned to Cochon Dingue for lunch we took the Funicular back up

And on the way home, more blog familiarity 🌸

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Overall, this trip emphasized two things for me. The first was, just like in Mexico, I need to continue my pursuit of learning other languages. As a writer, I crave communication with as many people as possible, and there is so much beyond the realm of the English language. I want to start with continuing on my foundations of Spanish and French that I’ve learned over the years. From there, I think I might give Russian a try, as that is my boyfriend’s heritage and he can speak it. The possibilities literally become endless the more you know how to speak and converse with other people. And the best way to fully learn a language? Immerse yourself in a place where it originates. On that note…

This trip just showed me how much I’ve caught the travel bug. This world is far too vast and lovely to stay in your own little corner of the world. I’ve played it safe for too long, and now I’m just ready to explore. When more of these spontaneous travel opportunities arise, I might just take them. Who knows where and what I’ll see in the months and years to come, but I’m very excited to find out.

Much Love, Quinn

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