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How To Have A Perfect Weekend In Québec City

CATHERINE MAISONNEUVE

Québec City is brimming with exciting activities and attractions during summertime. Why not take advantage of your weekends and enjoy a stay in Old Québec, a short visit to Île d’Orléans or to tour the Charlevoix region?

Check out our guide for a perfect weekend in Québec City:

 

Friday Evening: Arrive at Auberge Saint-Antoine

The luxurious Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel is one of the only Relais & Châteaux certified hotels in Québec. Located near the Gare du Palais and right next to Old Québec, this hotel-boutique has a unique style featuring historical artifacts over 300 years old.

Auberge Saint-Antoine also houses one of the finest restaurants in Québec City. Whether or not you are staying at the hotel, checking out their restaurant Chez Muffy  is a must!

In the evening, why not head towards the Bunge silos. Come nightfall, these silos serve as the backdrop to the Aurora Borealis, a multimedia artwork illuminating the colors of the northern lights, and creating a fascinating show.

 

Saturday Morning: Brunch, Yoga and Leave for Charlevoix

To start your day we recommend brunching at Chez Muffy. Among the house specialties are the Annabelle pancakes (crepes with maple syrup and red berries) and the eggs Benedict with wild mushroom and duck meat.

For those who want to keep fit, check out the Auberge’s free yoga classes on Saturday mornings.

 

Saturday Afternoon: Head Out to Charlevoix With a Picnic Stopover on Île d’Orléans

Before leaving Québec City, make a stop at Laurie Raphaël restaurant’s new walk-in counter service, La Serre, and fill up your picnic basket with healthy, gourmet takeaway dishes. You should also sample their house specialty: a full selection of fresh cold-pressed juices.

When you leave Québec City make sure to stop off in Île d’Orléans. Birthplace of New France, l’Île offers a unique cultural experience in a region that holds on to its traditions. Île d’Orléans is a genuine open-air museum with more than 600 historic buildings recognized by the Government of Québec for their great heritage value. The many farms and breathtaking views make it a perfect stopover for a picnic.

 

Saturday Evening: Arrive at the Hôtel & Spa Germain Charlevoix

Nestled between the river and mountains of this magnificent region, the Hôtel & Spa Le Germain Charlevoix, formerly the Hôtel La Ferme, is the perfect place for your Saturday night. Located on a farm at the heart of Baie-Saint-Paul, this hotel was named the “World’s Best Designed Hotel in 2013” by Retail & Leisure International. Hôtel & Spa Le Germain Charlevoix provides an escape from the continual hubbub of the city and a stay in an authentic natural environment. Enjoy the Nordic Spa with its enchanting views across the surrounding fields, then sample an exquisite menu composed of local produce prepared by the talented chef Alexis Jegou from the Les Labours restaurant. The Charlevoix region is renown for its gourmet cuisine prepared with local ingredients.

 

Sunday: Tour Baie-Saint-Paul

Referred to as “the paradise for artists”,  Baie-Saint-Paul village is a mosaic of art, nature and culture. The town of Baie-Saint-Paul has the largest concentration of art galleries —big and small —and craft shops, in all of Canada.

Attention all sportspeople and nature lovers: Baie-Saint-Paul is just a short distance from the Massif de Charlevoix which offers a spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River. For the more curious history buffs, we recommend a visit to the 300-tonne 1976 schooner beached on the shores of the bay.

During the summer you can also board the Charlevoix train that connects Quebec City to Baie-Saint-Paul. A great way to travel and take in all the views.

 

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