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Just thought Quebec City should have it's own thread to facilitate finding information in one spot.

 

Here is a start to get info

 

A few recent posts in the "Anything Montreal" thread:

#440-#443

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2380129

 

"Buying wine near Quebec port":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2396109

 

"Quebec Montreal Train":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2397869

 

"Quebec City - walkable from ship to Old City":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2397321

 

"Second day in Quebec - trip to Montmorency Falls":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2391358

 

"Quebec Bus Tickets":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2392327

 

"Car? Train? Bus? Montreal to Quebec?":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2319827

 

"Pre-Cruise Hotel-Quebec-River View Room":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2380129

 

"Hotels in Quebec City":

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2375652

 

 

And now people can ask other Quebec City questions in the present thread

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OMG I thought about starting this exact thread this afternoon !!!

 

Quebec is a much busier port of call than Montreal and the city surely deserves it's own thread!!!

 

So thank you for starting it !

 

I bet there will be plenty of questions to keep us busy ;)

 

 

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From notes I have taken:

 

Tours Vieux Quebec, toursvieuxquebec.com, goes out to the falls, plus offers other tours of the area you might enjoy. A 4 hour tour includes the falls, Ile d'Orleans, St. Anne de Beaupre, plus a small bakery which offers some of the best bread and maple butter ever!!

if you only wanted to go on your own at your own pace, you can go by public bus. Metrobus #800 goes to the Parc de la Chute Montmorency. You can get on at the D'Youville stop close to Palace Royal hotel (make sure you're on the hotel side of the street, bus would need to show "Beauport" as its destination). It would be about a 35-40 minutes ride to the avenue Royale/des Rapides stop.

 

http://quebeccity101.com/

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From notes I have taken:

 

Tours Vieux Quebec, toursvieuxquebec.com, goes out to the falls, plus offers other tours of the area you might enjoy. A 4 hour tour includes the falls, Ile d'Orleans, St. Anne de Beaupre, plus a small bakery which offers some of the best bread and maple butter ever!!

if you only wanted to go on your own at your own pace, you can go by public bus. Metrobus #800 goes to the Parc de la Chute Montmorency. You can get on at the D'Youville stop close to Palace Royal hotel (make sure you're on the hotel side of the street, bus would need to show "Beauport" as its destination). It would be about a 35-40 minutes ride to the avenue Royale/des Rapides stop.

 

http://quebeccity101.com/

 

One thing I learned about Tours Vieux Quebec is that they will pick you up not terribly far from where cruise ships dock for their tour. This saves you having to get up to the Chateau Frontenac area (funicular or whatever).

 

Thanks for starting this "all in one place" thread! One thing I can add is that there's a good port review of QC here: tomsportguides.com. I've found it, plus info I've received from you guys here, to be very helpful in planning my cruise day in QC.

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Just back from 2-week X Summit cruise which included overnight in QC.

 

Great city for folks to love to and are fully able to walk and climb.

 

Not so great for others. Severe hills, bumpy if not cobblestone roads, congested sidewalks if any, all make moving around QC very difficult for those in wheelchairs, riding a scooter, or even walking with a cane or other mobility aid.

 

The funicular itself is accessible (ramp around back at the bottom; elevator at the top, but solo operator may not see you in the camera to send it to you - my able-bodied DH had to run down the stairs to get the elevator sent up to me.) Apparently, funicular is also free to those in wheelchairs/scooters. There is a nice flat boardwalk area at the top with lovely views, street performers, benches, gazebos. But getting to or from the bottom of the funicular was a hellacious journey for me, which i believe contributed to the breaking of my scooter later in the cruise.

 

If this is what Europe is like, I never want to go there.

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Coach Anne, sorry you had such a rough time. Yes, some of the historic areas in European cities have lots of cobblestones and sometimes difficult access, but there's not much that can (reasonably) be done about that, given the age of those areas. I wouldn't let the accessibility keep you away, however. If you stay in European hotels, though, be aware that elevators are much less common in many places in Europe than in the U.S. As for Quebec City, if you're ever back, you could try getting "up top" via a minibus that I've been told runs not far from the Chateau Frontenac. (For future cruises, see tomsportguides.com, which (in part) address accessibility issues.) I'm looking forward to taking the funicular at least one way just for fun, but I'm not in a wheelchair, so it's easy for me to do that, unless the crowds prove to be a deterrent.

 

But this thread is about Canada, so I'll get back to that! I need a little help on Quebec City buses. As I posted in a thread on Montreal, I was hoping to take a bus from where we dock (NOT up close to Place Royale but down around 1015 Champlain) to the Musee Civilisation. Then someone translated a message on the bus website which applies to the bus and stops I was interested in. It looks like bus 1 may not stop right at the Musee. I looked at Google Earth, Google maps and other stuff and couldn't determine where, for sure, the bus would stop and how I could take it to and from the museum. It looks rather straight forward going TO the museum (or wherever the bus stops past or before it) but where do I catch the bus coming back? After a tour, my husband will likely want to go back to the ship, therefore ending up at the Musee, whereas I'd prefer to stay up near the Frontenac for a while before taking the funicular down and then catching the bus back to the ship. I need to have good info for both of us. If it's too complicated, we'll just end up taking cabs, or else simply take the bus up to Gare Fluviale, do a little sightseeing, and walk to the Musee. However, we'd prefer to use the bus.

 

Things are further complicated by the fact that we'll be there on a Saturday in early October, and I think the bus only runs once an hour to the Musee (direction of Belevedere) during the time I'll want it (8:15 - 9 AM timeframe). Also there will be four cruise ships in town, so things will be crowded in lower and upper town.

 

I know it's a little complicated, but would anyone be able to give me more info on just how and where to get on and off the bus? If not, can you hazard a guess as to how much a cab would cost to take us from near the intersection of Boulevard Champlain & Rue Champlain to the Museum? If so, thanks.

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We just returned from Quebec city. We did a walking tour through Avitor, we met at the tourist information center in the upper city, easy to find. You can take the funicular up or walk. We walked up ,but it is quite a hike and there is a lot of walking throughout the tour. We enjoyed the tour and the guide was very informative, the price was very reasonable.

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Thank you Jolie for creating & posting the Quebec City combination thread. Great idea and I'm sure it will be helpful to others seeking information - we have some threads like this on our other Port boards for popular topics/cities that members do use often. Merci encore....

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Looking @ HOHO bus. Assume there is only one bus line but have seen several sellers. Appears pickup @ museum of civilization is near port/dock.

 

Have 1 day & plan to stay in city.

A couple of suggestions of what not to miss would be great.

Thanks for hosting.

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We would like to fit in a food tour that departs at 2:15 from the Tourist Information Center. Only problem is our check-in for the Crown Princess is at 1 p.m. We are staying at the Frontenac and were signed up for a ship's transfer. Would we have time to sign-in at ship and walk back to the Tourist Information Center (which is close to the Frontenac) by 2:15 p.m. OR should we leave our luggage at the Frontenac, take the food tour, and take a taxi to the ship to check-in about 5 p.m. Anyone else done this? Thanks so much in advance for any advice!

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We would like to fit in a food tour that departs at 2:15 from the Tourist Information Center. Only problem is our check-in for the Crown Princess is at 1 p.m. We are staying at the Frontenac and were signed up for a ship's transfer. Would we have time to sign-in at ship and walk back to the Tourist Information Center (which is close to the Frontenac) by 2:15 p.m. OR should we leave our luggage at the Frontenac, take the food tour, and take a taxi to the ship to check-in about 5 p.m. Anyone else done this? Thanks so much in advance for any advice!

The bigger question is what time is the ship sailing?

You will need to be onboard 90 min prior to sailaway

 

That said ..if you have the time I would store the bags & do the tour then head to the ship

 

I believe the Tourist information is close to the Hotel but maybe confirm the location before you try this option

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I'd put off boarding until you're good and ready! Embarkation lunch just isn't worth worrying about; personally I'd also skip dinner for something delicious in the city. Frontenac is a classy hotel - bell staff will have no issue keeping bags as long as you want for a paying-through-the-nose guest!!! You'll be taxed on booze while in port anyway, so may as well drink in CAD ashore too after dinner rather than aboard with a more limited selection in USD... unless there's a first-night show on the ship you really want to see, I would look at these overnight port stops as just that - a bed for night time only.

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The Crown Princess doesn't sail until the next day so we're fine with that. Just hate to waste a whole day of touring while getting on board.

I would just get the hotel to store your bags & go exploring & do the tour then head to the dock

Cancel the ship's transfer & take a taxi

 

Depending on where the ship docks you could take your bags to the port & drop them there in the morning after 9am & continue on your way

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I can't think of a time in Quebec I've done anything other than walk around downtown. If you have no mobility or balance issues (there are some fairly steep and cobbled streets here & there) it's very walkable - the funicular lets you avoid the steep climb from Lower to Upper city in front of the Fairmont.

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We will be heading back to Quebec City in 2018. I have been trying to remember the name of a vineyard that we had the pleasure of visiting a couple of years ago. We went after viewing the falls and I think it was on an island or at least limited access. I am hoping to go back there and purchase some wine. If I can remember the name. Any ideas?

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There are a few wineries on Ile d'Orleans.

 

Here are a few links:

 

http://vs-p.ca/

 

http://www.isledebacchus.com/vignoble/

 

http://www.domainemarguerite.com/

 

Thank you for this information. I am just starting my research for a few days between Montreal and Quebec City in mid-August (I have been following your wonderful advice in the Anything Montreal forum!).

 

How accessible (walking distance) are the wineries if we were to take the local bus from the city to the island?

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Plan to use the bus 21 for our day in QC. Have looked @ RTC site but unsure how to buy a day ticket or even a one trip ticket. Is there a kiosk near port? Pay on bus?

Website says for day ticket:

  • Available on Occasional card only.

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You can pay cash for one way fares. They also accept USD (at par...). Cost 3.50$. The RTC website is available in English. Here it is:

http://www.rtcquebec.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=56&language=en-CA

 

I do not know if they sell multi-tickets passes at the cruise terminal. To know where to buy these passes, simply enter the cruise terminal postal code "G1R 4MB" here:

http://www.rtcquebec.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=103&language=en-CA

 

More transportation info. from/to the cruise terminal can be found here:

http://www.portquebec.ca/en/cruises/information-for-cruise-ship-passengers/customer-service

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