We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Ayan, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Ayan lives in Canada, and submitted the following report about Quebec City. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: French, English
Reasons to go to Quebec City
“Winter is magic here!” Quebec City is usually described like this… and really, it is! This beautiful city on the St. Lawrence River in the Canadian province of Quebec is exactly like a winter wonderland. While walking through the narrow, decorated cobblestone streets on a snowy evening, you will feel like you are inside a Christmas card. It is an amazing place to witness European culture in North America.
Some of the main attractions are:
1. Ice hotel: The Hôtel de Glace is simply a wonder that you won't believe until you see it in person. A hotel totally made of ice, it has 45 rooms and all the sculptures are made of transparent ice. Even the beds, showpieces, and statues! You can even book a stay for a night there. It might be a memorable experience to drink maple whiskey in an ice glass at the bar counter.
2. Le Château Frontenac: This is one of the major buildings of the Quebec skyline. This huge hotel not only attracts tourists for the amazing view, but it has historical value as well. In 1943, Winston Churchill & Franklin D. Roosevelt discussed strategies for the Second World War in this hotel.
3. History: There are many historic places including battlefields and fortifications that are worth visiting.
4. Ferry: You can experience a nice ferry from Quebec City to Lévis, on the other side of the St. Lawrence River. In winter, the ride is really amazing through semi-frozen river with the Quebec City skyline in the background.
5. Old Quebec: This neighborhood is made up of Upper Town and Lower Town. You can climb a few hundred stairs or you can use the funicular railway to travel between them. The area has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)