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    The GTA Bucket List: Quebec City

    Friday, 31 March 2017 15:05

    Written by Mark Wigmore

    Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of the GTA Bucket List. This is Senior Arts and Culture Editor Mark Wigmore’s presentation of accessible and affordable travel ideas for those living in Southern Ontario. Previous episodes travelled to Vermont, Prince Edward County, South Georgian Bay, Ottawa/Outaouais/Montebello and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Those editions of the GTA Bucket List are available at the bottom of this post.

    In this edition: An early spring odyssey into the history, culture and people of Québec City!

    Quebec City – Home of Poutine, Fois Gras and Baked Beans. Home of The towering Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, the majestic St. Lawrence River and the spiritual beauty in Wendake. It’s a place for art, culture, food, history and music, and it’s an wonderful travel idea for shoulder seasons! Quebec is a city that embraces the late winter and early spring temperatures, and does so in style. Certainly the streets will be jammed come June and July, so consider a visit in the spring.

    Quebec City is about 7 hours and change by vehicle from the GTA. You can take the train or fly, but driving is a viable option, and you can break up the trip with a stop at the Fairmont Chateau Montebello, just east of Ottawa. Be sure to learn more about the Chateau here.

    Once you are in Québec, enjoy the ice floating with the currents down the St Lawrence, the majesty of the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac sitting high atop the city, the charm of Old Québec, the scenic Plains of Abraham, and the shopping of Lower Town. Québec is for culture vultures, foodies, art mavens and history buffs. And whether you have never been, or haven’t been in awhile, this GTA Bucket List Episode has some great ideas.

    On this trip, we meet a guide with Québec City Tourism, explore the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, visit the first nations wonder of Wendake, take a tour of the Ice Hotel at Village Vacances Valcartier, and discover Québec as the ultimate foodie destination at Restaurant Toast!, La Bûche, Légende, Restaurant La Traite at Wendake, and Le Champlain at the Frontenac. Enjoy!

    If you have been thinking about visiting for the first time, or someone who hasn’t been there in 20 years, Québec remains one of Canada’s ultimate destinations.

    Mark would like to thank Québec City Tourism, Tourisme Wendake, Légende, La Bûche, Restaurant Toast!, Village Vacances Valcartier, Fairmont Chateau Frontenac and Fairmont Chateau Montebello for helping to put together this episode of the GTA Bucket List. Here are some helpful links to the places we visited.


    And there are plenty more pictures up at Facebook.com/jazzfm91, Twitter.com/jazzfm91 & Instagram.com/wigdad

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    As a bonus, here are Mark’s extended conversations:

    Québec City Tourism Guide Michelle Demers:

    Fairmont Chateau Frontenac - Anne-Marie Painchaud:

    Restaurant Champlain - JP:

    Restaurant Légende - Jerome Cornellier:

    Tourisme Wendake and Restaurant La Traite - Danisse Neashit:

    Village Vacances Valcartier & The Ice Hotel - Stephanie Legros:

    Restaurant Toast! - Stephane Dànjou:

    La Bûche – Donovan Ouellet:


    Vermont & Jay Peak Resort – Mark visits mountain country in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, discovering the world of outdoor sport, scenic drives and charming restaurants in the region.

    Prince Edward County – Mark explores southern Ontario’s other wine region, PEC. From farm-to-table restaurants, to rustic accommodations, and arts and culture in the Picton, Wellington and beyond!

    Montebello Quebec, The Outaouais Region & Ottawa – Mark embraces winter at some of Canada’s most exhilarating locations.

    South Georgian Bay – Mark travels to Blue Mountain, Thornbury, Meaford and more for winter fun.

    Niagara On The Lake – Mark takes a fall trip to the picturesque Southern Ontario destination for a wine tour and culinary exploration.

    If you have a GTA Bucket list suggestion, email Mark at mwigmore@jazz.fm.

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