WINTER TRAVEL | CANADA
The week in between Christmas and New Years was spent with our northern neighbors in Quebec, Canada. My time was split between Quebec City and Montreal. The original intention was to visit Montreal in the summer, just for a short break to enjoy the city. Instead I was lured by the promise of snow, Christmas lights, and winter activities.
Until this trip, I had never really seen snow. At home we’ve had a little sprinkle once every five years that melts before I can get out the door but, it’s not the same. I wanted a real wintery holiday. A few months ago I saw an image online of Quebec City covered in tiny lights, and I was sold. Book my ticket (flights are fairly inexpensive), pack my bags, I’m there!
Quebec City is a lovely train ride from Montreal (equally beautiful in winter) so I was able to combine the two. Mostly we spent the trip relaxing, eating, and strolling around the picturesque towns. I actually took a week off from work this trip, and it has been hard to transition back into the game. I’m slowly making my way back to normalcy.
Besides playing in the snow, of which I took full advantage, dogsledding was the highlight of my trip. The night before was the first real snow the city had seen, and everything was covered in a white blanket. It was dreamy, serene, and bitterly cold. Rolling through the trees was fine, but the minute the sled ventured outside the cover we were pelted by snow. It felt like glass cutting my cheeks. Coldness aside, it was still so much fun. Activities that include animal interaction are always the most memorable, and I need to remember to seek those out on my trips.
After our run and warming up a bit, we were able to play with the six month old puppies. They were rambunctious and mischievous. Stealing scarves, mittens, and licking the camera lens so all of the photos are blurry. I could have stayed tussling with them all day, but instead made my way back to my room and took a good long nap. Having a blast is very tiring.
Our days were pretty relaxed, spent walking and admiring the old town (UNESCO World Heritage Site). We visited a citadel with the most spectacular view of the city, strolled through the Christmas markets, walked around a snow-covered park, heard carolers sing, and just enjoyed not having a schedule or appointments. There was also a good deal of eating and drinking.
I’m a horrible guide for food in a city, I just eat wherever is closest when hunger strikes. I never seek out hip or interesting restaurants. Although for the few days we were in Quebec City two restaurants stood out to me, La Buche and Chez Boulay. They are both located in the old town, and I left perfectly satisfied with my meal, drinks, and the atmosphere. For nighttime activities, we looked for low-key live music...a little whisky and acoustic guitar to warm my soul before bedtime.
We left Quebec City in the midst of a snowstorm and headed to Montreal where we would spend the remainder of the vacation, and the subject of my next travel post.
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