A Day's Itinerary for Old Québec
With its colonial architecture and some of the oldest shopping streets, Old Québec is rich in history and French culture. You will also find that most of the locals here actually speak French as their first language. If you are planning a trip here, be sure to check out some of the best things to do in Old Québec to plan an unforgettable itinerary.
Grab Breakfast at a Local Bakery
Give yourself a sweet start to your day by stopping by a local bakery for breakfast. The delightful French influence extends to Old Québec's food as well, offering a vibrant French café culture.
Café-boulangerie Paillard is just one of the many delicious bakeries you will want to visit during your stay. Founded by a family of bakers, this artisanal bakery offers an array of fresh, homemade baked goods. With more than 25 years of experience, the family has perfected their French-inspired menu using carefully selected ingredients.
While their specialty is bread, you will also find all kinds of other items made using French and American techniques. From éclairs to pear, apricot and almond trees, you are sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Enjoy a Massage at the Strom Nordic Spa
Unwind after a long day of sightseeing and activities at the Strom Nordic Spa. In this relaxing environment, you will be able to rest and recharge while enjoying the beautiful facility located in Old Québec near the St. Lawrence River.
At this spa, discover a variety of services and treatments designed to promote the benefits of relaxation. One of the most popular is the thermal experience, which allows visitors to experience the benefits of this wellness ritual. Thermotherapy alternates between a combination of hot and cold water temperatures with periods of deep relaxation.
MassoTherapy treatments are also available. Delivered by certified massage therapists, visitors can choose from hot stone, Swedish or Californian massages, which will be tailored to your specific needs. Face and body treatments, ranging from a wild rose and shea butter wrap to anti-aging treatments, are also available, allowing you to create an indulgent spa experience.
Afternoon Tea at Chateau Frontenac
One experience you want to be sure to include on your Old Québec itinerary is afternoon tea at Chateau Frontenac. Offered from Tuesday to Saturday at 2:00 p.m., you will be able to treat yourself to an array of delightful tea offerings like Grand Bazar Spice, Creamy Earl Grey and Flora's Berry Garden.
Enhance your afternoon tea with a selection of open sandwiches and fresh scones. With homemade jams, Devonshire cream and a variety of fresh pastries, you will be able to indulge in a luxurious dining experience.
Dinner at Restaurant La Buche
If you are looking for a way to get a taste of Quebecois cuisine and cocktails during your stay, head over to Restaurant La Buche. This sugar shack offers a menu full of traditional cuisine with a tastefully modern twist. Stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner and refuel so you are ready for your next adventure.
Here, you can dig into a hearty decomposed shepherd's pie or meat pie croquettes. There are also dishes ranging from maple wood smoked trout gravlax to local pork ribs lacquered with homemade BBQ sauce, fries and coleslaw depending on what you are craving. With all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and sweets like maple fudge, chocolate cake and maple syrup pie to choose from, you will be able to round out your meal.
No matter what you choose to order, you are sure to find that the stone-walled interior and funky, eclectic decor sets the perfect atmosphere for your meal.
See a Show at the Capitol Theater
One historic location you will want to add to your Old Québec city map is the Capitol Theater. As the only standing example of the grand theater halls which were built between 1900 and 1930, this architectural gem has truly stood the test of time. Throughout its rich history, several different types of shows have been performed within its halls, including operas, vaudeville shows and variety shows.
The Capitol Theater underwent transformation projects and restoration over the years, but still maintains its spectacular exterior and interior design. To this day, the theater hosts all kinds of performances, including the Singing Pianos, Cirque Eloize, Pink Martini and Bruno Pelletier.
Call It a Night at Quebec City KOA Holiday
With close proximity to Old Québec, various lodging and camping options and amenities like the children's park and pool, Quebec City KOA Holiday offers the perfect setting to call it a night.