I figured it would just be a Parisian New York or vice versa. Naïve as I was, I didn’t realize that I was in for a spirited, bold and complex mix of contrasts that completely defies comparison. Sure, Montréal’s renowned duality of Old World charm infused with North American energy lies at its very heart; however, I discovered that it is the plurality of cultures that really makes this metropolis tick. A shutterbug’s dream, you could snap away at warp speed and capture a new story with every click. It doesn’t matter where you go on the island; every neighbourhood is different and everyone stars in their own Oscar-worthy screenplay.
The crown jewel of French Canada, Québec City is one of North America’s oldest and most magnificent settlements. Its picturesque Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th-century houses and soaring church spires, with the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all. There’s more than a glimmer of Old Europe in its classic bistros, sidewalk cafes and manicured squares. The city’s compact size makes it ideal for walking, and it shines brightest when you slow down. The main focus of your visit should be the Old Town, split between the Old Upper Town, perched above the St Lawrence River on the Cap Diamant cliffs, and the Old Lower Town, where Samuel de Champlain established the first French foothold in 1608.
Montreal-In Montreal explore the city by embracing some of that French culture and cycling the streets. Bikes are easily picked up from one of the many Pixi stations and can be paid for using a phone app.
Quebec City-Escape to the countryside to Montmorency Falls which is 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. A tour is available which will combine a Quebec City Tour with a trip to Montmorency Falls.
Day 1-4 Montreal
Day 5-7 Quebec City
Quebec City Stay