Wanderlust Wednesday: Quebec City

Cobblestone lanes, lamp-lit cafes, snow-swept castles – this Canadian treasure has all the ingredients of a fantastical fairy-tale escape.

    Where it is: Quebec City is located in the province of Quebec, located in east-central Canada.

    Honeymooner type: Those who can handle the cold – during its snow-swept winter months, Quebec takes on all the rapture and romance of a true winter wonderland.

    Why we love it: With its cobblestone lanes, lamp-lit cafés, rich history and intriguing architecture, Quebec City has always been a magnet for loved-up pairs.

    What to do:  While away an afternoon with a visit to the open-air alley Rue du Trésor, where the city’s artists gather to sell their work. Later, choose one of the many quality restaurants in which to share a romantic dinner à deux or opt for a night on the town at the Grande Allé – the Champs Élysées of the city. The street is packed with great bars and eateries.

    Where to stay: Book a night in one of Le Château Frontenac’s lavishly decorated rooms, and enjoy a nightcap in its splendid piano bar. Below the hotel is the Terrasse Dufferin boardwalk – stroll arm in arm along this historic walkway, which affords pedestrians stunning views of the St Lawrence River.

    Most Romantic Spot: Fortress walls surround the oldest part of the city, and this is where newlyweds will find winter romance to rival Quebec’s French counterpart, Paris. Narrow stairways weave through the old town’s 18th-century stonewalls, allowing access to the cliff-side ramparts and magnificent views of the twinkling city lights.

    Don’t forget: Quebec is a French-speaking city, and while most people will know enough English to get you by, a basic knowledge of the French language will be helpful.

    When to go: Embrace a true winter escape between December and February.

    For more info: quebecregion.com

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