72 Hours in Québec City

Québec City ranks No. 10 among the World’s 20 Best Food Cities, according to Condé Nast Traveler (2014). From the French Canadian influences to the traditional Aboriginal cuisine that is rooted in hunting and fishing, menus feature many local producers and products the region is known for such as fresh lobster and seafood, fish from the St. Lawrence River, duck and foie gras produced in the region, locally raised meats and poultry, and produce from the agriculturally rich soil of the surrounding area and Île d’Orléans. We will be writing about Dining in Québec City in a future article.

The makings of fois gras

Foie gras

Many shops sell local products

Many shops sell local products

Then of course, there is maple syrup. The maple syrup coming from Québec is like no other and it’s used in everything from ice cream to candy and desserts to savory dishes and a popular thick spread (with a texture similar to smooth peanut butter) known as maple butter. This sweet and decadent concoction, made by heating the maple syrup to above the boiling point and then stirring until the mixture is as smooth as silk, is precious as it takes quite a lot of maple syrup to make a small amount of maple butter. Maple butter on a warm roll, biscuit, or piece of toast at breakfast…you might guess one of the regional specialties that came home with us from Québec.

No syrup for you in the month of May

No maple syrup for you in the month of May

A Sugar Shack

A Sugar Shack

Maple syrup from Québec

Maple syrup comes in all kinds of packaging

There is nothing quite as exciting as traveling to a destination and having it far exceed your expectations. That is how we felt about Québec. Stay a week in the Québec City and Île d’Orléans area to fully experience the city and the countryside.

Fresque des Québécois on Côte de la Montagne

Fresque des Québécois on Côte de la Montagne

Right by Place-Royal, the intricate detail is spectacular

Located by Place Royal, the intricate detail on this fresco is spectacular

Fresque du Petit-Champlain

History comes to life – Fresque du Petit-Champlain

Here are more articles from our travels to Québec:

Where to stay – Auberge Saint-Antoine

Our suggestions for the must see attractions in Québec City:

Old Québec

Place Royal/Petit-Champlain District

St. Lawrence River/Vieux-Port de Québec

Fortifications of Québec

Plains of Abraham

Parliament Hill

The museums in Québec

For more information on Québec City and the region, please refer to the Tourisme Québec website.

Le Château Frontenac at night

Le Château Frontenac as the sun begins to set

Disclosure – We want to thank Tourisme Québec for their assistance during our trip to Québec. We have not been compensated for this article and the opinions expressed regarding our experience are our own.

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