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Highlights from a great fall trip to Quebec, from Montreal, to the Ile d'Orleans, to the Plains of Abraham.
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1260 Chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2, Canada
Mount Royal Park starts at the edge of the city just beyond the McGill campus and runs alongside neighborhoods like Plateau before rising to the top of 764-foot-tall Mount Royal (Mont Réal), the hill that gives the city its name. The twisting...
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695 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P7, Canada
This grocery and knickknack shop is a joy to visit, offering some of the best coffee in Quebec City (and a few small cafe tables at which to drink it), as well as a tremendous number of Quebec products, sandwiches, preserves, cheeses—and licorice...
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If you're looking to do a bit of training while you're in Quebec City, the Escalier du Cap-Blanc is a great place to do it (and you won't be alone). The staircase—made up of some 398 steps—ascends from the banks of the St. Lawrence to the Plains...
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4351 Avenue de l'Esplanade, Montréal, QC H2W 1T2, Canada
Casa Bianca has the best of both worlds: the accommodations are beautiful and comfortable, and it's ideally situated. The interior has elaborate parquet floors, and is minimally, but attractively decorated in a way that honors its past and has a...
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1149 Avenue Cartier, Québec, QC G1R 2S9, Canada
I admit it—I usually carry a smartphone while traveling. But it will never replace a pen and paper. While in Quebec, we stumbled upon this little shop, which had a wide variety of writing supplies, blank books, and letterpress of various kinds,...
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164 Rue Crémazie O, Québec, QC G1R 1X7, Canada
It's not fancy, and that's why I like it. Bügel is a very pleasant little spot to sit down with a bagel and a cup of coffee and reflect on your travels. Just down the street is a nice resource for writers—Le Parchemin du Roy—in case you've already...
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4818 Chemin Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, QC G0A 3W0, Canada
While a great deal of the appeal of the Ile d'Orleans is its rural beauty, it also has an interesting history. A particularly nice example of that history is the Manoir Mauvide-Genest, which dates to the mid-18th century, and offers a glimpse into...
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55 Rue Main, North Hatley, QC J0B 2C0, Canada
The quiet town of North Hatley, at the northern end of Lake Massawippi (near Montreal), doesn't have a great number of restaurants, but the restaurants it does have are well situated. North Hatley's population (as of 2011) was listed at 750, and...
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Sainte-Pétronille, QC, Canada
The small town of Sainte Pétronille clings to the hillside on the southern end of the Ile d'Orleans, and offers the most dramatic views to be had of Quebec City on the horizon, just across the St. Lawrence. We visited in the early fall, just in...
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2471 Chemin Royal, Sainte-Famille, QC G0A 3P0, Canada
If you are traveling through Quebec and are looking for a taste of locally crafted beer, seek out anything produced by the Microbrasserie de l'Ile d'Orléans. I tried three of their brews, and loved every one (including one made using local maple...
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225 Chemin Royal, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, QC G0A 3W0, Canada
Just a short drive from Quebec City, the Ile d'Orleans is a wonderful adventure in the countryside, dotted with farms, small villages, and a few hotels and B&Bs. We had never visited the island before, and discovered Dans les Bras de Morphée after...
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2501 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada
Liverpool House, the sister restaurant to Joe Beef, is a great place for a date while you're in Montreal. It has a relaxed atmosphere—something like an upscale, old-world pub in feel—with contemporary touches, and an extensive menu. While the...