Back in ’97, as part of Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific and Canada hosting APEC, I got to go to Quebec City for work in May. It was interesting, but I didn’t have any time to play tourist. More like “straight down, work like crazy, straight back”. In 2005, Andrea and I were talking about making our first real “road trip” somewhere from Ottawa, and of course, Quebec City went to the top of the shortlist pretty fast (photo 1).
Maybe it looks like photo 2 in the summer (I don’t really remember), but we were there in the winter/spring for a late Easter. My wife found a small inn / B&B, and we explored the city around the Fairmont Hotel, and down into Old Quebec (photos 3-9). Eventually, we took a drive out to Montmorency Falls. I confess I wasn’t expecting much, there was some mention of it in one of the local guidebooks, and some friends who knew the area had suggested it. But in the winter? It’s kind of spectacular (photos 10-22).
We apparently enjoyed the road trip, as we have done lots of others since then, but that was our first real one, in a rental car, no less. And now that I have the photos on the website, I can do this quick blog about them.