Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Old Quebec, Montmorency Falls & Chez Muffy: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximatley 5 Hours
Discover the charm and character of Québec City -- perhaps the best place to experience authentic French culture outside of France. Learn about the background of this French settlement as you explore its historic landmarks.
Dufferin Terrace, the walkway just below the celebrated Fairmont Château Frontenac hotel, is where the city's founder, explorer Samuel de Champlain, built a fort in 1620. From this location, 200 feet above the St Lawrence River, enjoy spectacular views over Old Québec, the river, the Ile d'Orléans, and the Laurentian Mountains in the distance.
Travel through the heart of Old Québec -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only walled city north of Mexico. You'll drive past Place Royale -- a restored square with 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture. This was the site of Champlain's first settlement and, today, it's part of the charming Petit Champlain pedestrian district, which feels like a step back in time. Here, you'll find the oldest Catholic church in North America, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires.
Another impressive stop is National Battlefields Park -- the Plains of Abraham. This was the site of the pivotal 1759 battle between the French and the British, which forever changed the fate of North America. Located on the cliffs above the St Lawrence River, the Plains of Abraham is a beautiful 250-acre park with hills, gardens, monuments and artillery artifacts.
Within the park, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond) is a promontory overlooking the St Lawrence River. This area was named for the shiny stones that explorer Jacques-Cartier mistook for diamonds. Stop here and savor the breathtaking views of the St Lawrence River and the surrounding countryside.
A short drive away is Montmorency Falls, one-and-a-half times taller than Niagara Falls. Upon arrival at Montmorency, you'll board an aerial tram for a ride to the summit of the 'mountain', where water of the Montmorency River roars down the 272-foot cliff to eventually meet with the St Lawrence River.
A highlight of this tour is lunch at Chez Muffy -- the Auberge Saint-Antoine restaurant that is helping define modern Québecois cuisine and is a favorite among readers of Food & Wine magazine. Set in a former maritime warehouse that dates back to 1822, Chez Muffy is as beautiful as its food is delicious. Rustic stone walls and exposed beams are the setting for Chef Julien Ouellet's farm-to-fork menu, focused on French and Canadian flavors, using ingredients harvested by nearby farmers, ﬁshermen and producers. Lunch is accompanied by a guided tasting of very special local wines -- a meal to remember.
Walking at Dufferin Terrace is at guests' discretion. Cap-Diamant is a photo stop only, with a walk of approximately 100 yards on an even surface.