After a big day touring the city, the next morning we woke up and decided to take things easy.
We overheard a couple ideas on the plane ride in and figured today was the perfect time to test them out – starting with a quick jaunt through the old town to work up our appetites.
On mother’s recommendation, we headed to Aux Anciens Canadiens for a deliciously hearty lunch. It’s one of the oldest houses in Quebec, and has had quite the Canadian celebrity showing.
Plus, if you pop in between noon and 6pm, they offer a 3 course meal for $20-30. Naturally, it was a no brainer.
The first dish on our plates was a caribou and wild boar pate on garlic toast. A classic Quebec meal.
For mains, we selected the duck poutine, smothered in squeaky cheese curds and the chicken & vegetable fricassee.
Each dish was absolutely filling and best described as “home cooked”.
The pastry on my fricassee was super flaky, fighting to trap the pool of light gravy and tender vegetables within it.
The poutine was dripping in gravy – each bite accompanied with a mouthful of melted, gooey cheese.
For dessert we ordered the maple sugar pie (obsessed) and the apple pie. Both topped with a generous heaping of whipped cream.
Feeling pretty sleepy we figured we should at least work off some of the calories from lunch – tricking ourselves into believing it would make a difference.
We headed down by the port for a little people and ferry watching, before deciding to hop on towards Levis. It’s a tiny little village across the River, which was supposed to offer some great snaps of the Chateau. Given that the ferry ride was only $3 each, we decided to go for it.
For the next ten minutes we sailed through the river, crashing our way through massive chunks of ice as they floated in the tide. The sun was setting behind us, giving the old city a healthy glow.
Levis didn’t have much to offer (except for some big hills and a lot of stairs), but it was a fun little adventure at a pretty cost-effective price.
After freezing our noses off we headed in search of a warm cup of Chocolat Chaud (or hot chocolate).
When we happened upon a shop near Rue de Cul du Sac which was offering a Maple syrup latte, we made the choice to head in.
Sweater (last season, but similar here)
I have no problem treating myself on vacay and selected a decadent looking oreo chocolate cheescake from the gallery. It was a tough selection between macarons, brownies, and scrumptious looking tarts.
After all the adventure I was in dire need of a nap, which was followed by more (you guessed it) eating. This time it was a light thin crust pizza from Piazetta. Their thin crusts pizzas are shaped like squares and topped with a variety of options such as your classic cheese & basil or the more adventurous creole chicken. The prices are really
reasonable cheap and a pizza cost us about $10 each.
The next morning we arose ready to breach the cold and headed out to Montmorency Falls. Approximately 30 ft. higher than Niagara Falls, this waterfall partially freezes over in the winter, allowing for some pretty neat shots. It’s easily accessible by the 800x bus (and a round trip costs about $6.50).
We froze our butts off walking around the park and testing out angles from each gazebo and debating whether we should take a ride on the gondola.
However, after about 40 minutes we had both had enough and returned back to the Hotel Port-Royal for some much needed massages.
One last Quebec post coming up for you tomorrow and then we’ll be back to Calgary living!
Thinking of planning your own trip? Check out my Quebec City recommendations!