Canada & Alaska

Michele & Stephen's trip in 2012

Quebec City

Quebec City is French speaking: very! Whilst both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia had many bilingual road signs, Quebec City has only French. Vous feriez mieux de s'y habituer.

It was easy to find somewhere to park/camp in Labrador. Finding somewhere near Quebec City in July during the annual two week construction workers holiday was considerably more difficult. The nearest two camp sites were full and the one we ended up at is a $Can50.00 (£33.00 UKP) taxi ride away from old town Quebec. There is no public transport.

Our camp site charges $Can43.00 (£28.00 UKP) per night, and is the first we have come across with PA announcements extolling the virtues of family bingo (in French of course). Still we are only sleeping here.

According to our guide Quebec City is now the only walled city in North America, all the others having knocked their walls down long ago. The walls were started by the French to keep the British out, extended by the British to keep the Americans out, and preserved by a British governor because he liked them (he did have the small city gates rebuilt, in the same style but bigger!). It is a UNESC World Heritage Site. And very cute.

With a lot of good restaurants.

This square (still used by street performers) is where Cirque du Soleil started in 1984.

This tent (by the Quebec marina) is where their latest production Amaluna is being performed in July 2012. Expensive but a great performance! No photographs permitted!

Whilst walking to the Cirque du Soleil performance we saw an alternative to our expensive out of town camp site, an even more expensive in town car park! This car park (exclusively for self contained RVs, with no services) charges $Can 65.00 (£43.00 UKP) per 24 hours (N46.819722 W71.211388). We might well have used it, had we know of its existence!

There is a certain ambiguity in the relationship between Canadians, particularly French speaking ones and the USA, and the UK, and France!

This building, which dominates the old city of Quebec, is known as the Le Château Frontenac, it is and always was a hotel. The last part of it was built in the 1990s.