Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Île d'Orléans

It wouldn't be a vacation without a trip to an island. There's always something different to explore on Île d'Orléans.

La Nougaterie Québec

As we rode around on Île d'Orléans we passed by La Nougaterie Québec. We turned around and went back. Nougats remind me of France so we had to have some.

Vignoble Ste-Pétronille

We came across Vignoble Ste-Pétronille, a winery with a tasting room and had to stop. They were very helpful in selecting some wines and we left with a small selection.

The vineyards were a perfect place for a photo.

Promenade Horatio Walker

Horatio Walker was a famous Canadian artist who lived on Île d'Orléans. This hard to find street leads to his house but also was the terminus of the ice bridge that was used in the winters before the Pont de Île d'Orléans was built.

The Promenade has great views of Québec City and Chute-Montmorency.

Oh, how to find it? When you get to Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans, you just passed it.

Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans

Just beyond Promenade Horatio Walker is Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans. You can smell the aroma when you step out of the car. If the chocolate isn't enough to tempt you there's a restaurant that serves crème glacée.

Auberge La Goéliche

On the very tip of Île d'Orléans is Auberge La Goéliche, a hotel/restaurant. The views of Québec City and the St. Lawrence are incredible.

The restaurant caters primarily to the hotel guests. When we arrived we were asked what room we were staying in. The menu was very limited. We had the halibut and the lamb chop. The halibut was fine but the lamb chop was fatty and tough. And the table service was slow.

Enjoy the views from the parking lot and eat somewhere else.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017


Chute-Montmorency is a staple of our visits to Québec. We actually hadn't planned on visiting it on this trip but when we passed by we were just drawn to its awesomeness. It's so close that you can see it from Vieux Québec.

It's 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls and can be explored by foot, by cable car or even by zipline for the adventurous.

There's a great restaurant at the top where we have eaten before.

On this trip we just walked across the pedestrian bridge at the foot of the falls.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Baie-Saint-Paul is about an hour outside of Québec City and an easy drive. You do need to watch out for the moose though. There are signs warning of moose crossings in the next 2 km followed by another sign warning of moose crossings in the next 2 km. Then they get serious with a sign warning of dangerous moose crossings in the next 4 km. They even have high fences along the roadway trying to stop the moose from entering the right-of-way. You're supposed to call 511 if you see a moose on the roadway.

The main street of Baie-Saint-Paul is a shopper's paradise full of artists' shops. There are enough restaurants and ice cream shops to keep the shoppers nourished.

We had lunch on the porch of Le Café des Artistes. The mushroom soup included in their lunch special was wonderful.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


As you walk along Rue Saint Louis heading from Rue d'Auteuil toward Château Frontenac you'll pass a small cul-de-sac known as Rue du Corps de Garde. In the tiny opening of this cul-de-sac stands a huge elm tree. Entwined in its roots is what looks like a cannonball.

The story as told by the Québec newspaper is that this is actually an ancient bomb. It was probably fired into Québec by the British in 1759. It didn't explode and was later used in the early 1900s to prevent wagons turning into the cul-de-sac from striking one of the buildings.

An elm tree sprouted in the cul-de-sac and eventually spread its roots around the bomb.

Only in Québec.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

La Citadelle de Québec

Since we had been to The Citadelle previously I was looking for something different to do there. I found it.

When I was researching what we could do differently in The Citadelle I came upon the Grands Feux Loto-Québec (fireworks). The Governor General of Canada has a residence in The Citadelle and would invite 100 people to watch the fireworks from his terrace. I submitted a request and we were accepted. We got a parking pass that let us park inside The Citadelle and pretty much had free run of the new part of the residence. We seemed to be the only ones there speaking English.

I got an amazing photo of the Château Frontenac.