Thursday, October 19, 2017
Enjoy the peace and calm of Thanksgiving with an unforgettable trip to Québec City, a city with European charm nestled in Eastern Canada. Why slave over your stove, cooking a turkey with all the fixings and praying for perfection when you can wander the historic streets of Old Québec, admire the 17th and 18th-century buildings, and discover the exciting flavours of Québécois cuisine? And let’s not forget about the favourable Canadian exchange rate that will make Black Friday shopping more fun.
European Feel Without the Jet Lag
A few hours by car (or plane) from Eastern USA, Québec City is a little piece of Europe in the heart of Eastern Canada. Discover over four-hundred years of history as you explore Old Québec. Far cheaper than a roundtrip ticket to Europe, not to mention the ability to spend less time on a plane and more time exploring, eating and exploring some more.
A perfectly cooked turkey with all the fixings is delicious, but as Thanksgiving is so close to Christmas, why not skip the turkey dinner this year and opt for the delicious flavours of Québécois cuisine. Try traditional Québécois dishes like tourtière at Restaurant Là Là or incredible Italian cuisine (with a Québec twist) at Battuto. For a dining experience you’re not likely to forget, try iX Pour Bistro or Chez Boulay. Don’t forget to reserve early as these trendy restaurants will fill up quickly!
Shop for Deals & Québec Souvenirs
Black Friday is often an intense day that begins with getting up before the sun, standing in long lines and rushing to buy things before they are gone. While there are moments of fun, there is definitely a lot of stress as well. Unless, of course, you taken advantage of the favourable exchange rate and do all of your Black Friday shopping in Québec City. Shop at Québec boutiques on rue du Petit-Champlain or rue Saint-Joseph Est. Of course, Black Friday deals can be found at big brand stores in shopping centres.
Visit a Nordic Spa
A vacation is not a vacation until you make time to relax, and in Québec City one of the best ways to relax is to visit a Nordic spa. Spend a morning (or afternoon) getting a massage and enjoy the benefits of thermotherapy with steamy spas, cool pools, relaxation areas, saunas, steam baths and thermal waterfalls.
Visit a Christmas Market or Go Ice Skating
Québec City is simply magical with all the lights and Christmas decorations. Spend time taking photos (you won’t regret it) and then head over to the German Christmas Market, a charming annual tradition that amps up the city’s European charm. Shop for festive decorations or gifts, try traditional German foods, sip mulled wine and listen to live performances. A lovely way to spend a few hours in Old Québec. Of course, if markets are not of interest, you could always go ice skating in Place D’Youville and then stop by Érico’s or La Maison Smith for deliciously rich chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). Yum!
Are you ready to skip the shopping lines and turkey day madness, and plan a trip to Québec City? French-Canada awaits to make your holiday journey a special one.
About Pamela MacNaughtan
Travel writer and photographer, Pamela has a deep love of all things Québec City. She is an anglophone from Ontario who prefers living in Québec. An avid city explorer and chocolat chaud connoisseur, Pamela accentuates the finest experiences in the city.