Old Quebec City is on a number of fall cruise itineraries. Starting in New York or Boston these cruises visit a number of New England and Canadian Maritime ports, go up the St. Lawrence Seaway, usually with fall leaves in full glory, and spend a day or two in Quebec City. The old city is full of historic sites, art galleries, good restaurants and beautiful scenery.
Where Your Ship Docks – There is a modern cruise ship terminal on the riverfront along with a good length of docking space right in front of the Old Quebec neighborhood. Both are good convenient locations that allow easy walking out.
Transportation – Since Old Quebec is not that large an area and cruise ships usually dock right in town, walking is the usual way to see the sights. The town does have a geography that rises steeply from the river so be prepared for a little climb. The city has an alternative to the steepest climb with the Old Quebec Funicular, a funicular railway that links the Haute-Ville to the Basse-Ville, climbing at a 45-degree angle, it climbs about 100 feet. A quick, convenient and scenic way to get to and from upper Old Québec. The “Funiculaire” is also a little piece of history, first opened in 1879 in order to link the lower and upper towns. Cost each way is C$3.00.
Taxis – There are a number of taxi companies and generally they do not cruise for fares. They usually are available at the cruise ships or you can call and they will send a car:
- Taxi Coop Québec 418-525-5191
- Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy-Sillery 418-653-7777
- Taxi Laurier 418-651-2727
Uber – As of this writing you can make use of Uber from the Uber cell phone app.
Rentals Car – Readily available and a practical way to visit areas farther out from downtown.
Public Transit (local buses) – Réseau de transport de la capitale (RTC) serves Québec City. The Parcours 11 route serves Upper Town and the Old Port area and the ferry terminal.
Ferry – The ferry links Québec City and Lévis and runs 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It sails on the hour and half-hour during the day and every hour at night.
Money – Quebec uses the Canadian Dollar currently worth about 76¢ U.S. Also, do not count being able to use U.S. Dollars but credit cards are welcome.
- Notre Dame des Victoires Church – a small Roman Catholic stone church in the Lower Town of Quebec City. Construction was started in 1687 on the site of Champlain’s habitation and was completed in 1723
- The Historic Petit Champlain District – a neighbourhood in Quebec City, Canada. It is located in the district of Vieux-Québec–Cap-Blanc–colline Parlementaire in the borough La Cité-Limoilou – located near Place Royale. Its main street is the Rue du Petit-Champlain at the foot of Cap Diamant. It is the oldest commercial district in North America
- The Port, Marina and City Market Area
- The Musée de la Civilisation. – A modern Museum of Civilization located near the port.
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