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Video: The Best of Quebec City

Fresh from being on assignment in Quebec City, I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorite finds. I also realize that while I had a full week to explore the city, not everyone is blessed with that much time. That’s why I put together a video itinerary outlining my idea of the perfect day in the French Canadian cultural capital.

Quebec’s Grande Dame: Château Frontenac

Few hotels define an urban skyline like the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. This grande dame, which lords over Quebec City from a cliff overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, is one of the most photographed hotels in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s hard to take a picture of the city without the formidable property creeping into the frame. Here’s a look at the icon’s past and present.

A Local’s Guide to Quebec City

A 19th-century traveler from France once remarked of Quebec City, “It looked like St.-Malo strayed up here and was lost in the snow.” Though Taras Grescoe has settled in Montreal, an easy three-hour drive away, every time he returns to Quebec City he too succumbs to the illusion that he’s been teleported to the narrow streets of that walled city in Brittany, bewitched by the vista of steeples, horse-drawn calèches, and four-centuries-old ramparts.