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 will 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 Cars – 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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