Quebec City and Ile d’Orleans

Ile d'Orleans Grocery store

Ile d'Orleans Grocery store

We recently spent a week in QC and environs- more of the getting to know Canada tour. This time, we went to Quebec City, Ile d’Orleans and then up to Ottawa and the Ottawa valley.

I’d heard that QC is about the closest you can come to Europe, while staying in North America. It definitely has an old-world feel.

Here’s something I didn’t know: Canada is fully bi-lingual… except in Quebec, where it is ALL French. Most of the hospitality people spoke some English, but all the signage is French. Which can be very disconcerting when you’re driving. Luckily TMIML speaks French. After a few days, my high school French started kicking in, as well. Some of the most fun we had was listening to our navigation system mangle street names. (OK, we’re easily amused.)

We had a great time in Quebec City, staying in old town and sampling the cuisine there. I tasted creme brulee with duck liver pate, and was totally hooked. (It sounds weird, but is totally luxurious.)

I’m sure not everyone in Quebec has a green thumb & is a phenomenal cook, but that’s not my experience. Our stay on Ile d’Orleans, at the Canard Huppe (crested duck) was fantastic.

One experience especially… we were driving past Oka, and needed a place to stay, so stopped at the info center. The lady sent us to a b&B in St-Placide, La Capucine. Julie, the hostess, and her husband Alcide made us incredibly welcome, and immediately whipped up a light dinner, not to mention a breakfast the next morning beyond compare.

I really enjoyed this trip, and hope to explore Quebec further, especially the Gaspe Peninsula.

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