Take a nature break in Victoria | Plan an extended stay and choose your own adventure in Victoria’s rich natural playground.
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Halifax, at your leisure | Enjoy the perks of big-city living at a small-town pace during an extended visit to Halifax.
A true capital experience | Indulge in classic Canadiana while enjoying the lesser-known treasures of Ottawa in an extended getaway.
Cobblestones and culture in Québec City | Here’s how to take your time and get to know this magnificent city during an immersive visit.
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When you can work from anywhere, why not work from somewhere you’ve always wanted to explore? Slow travel means taking the time to immerse yourself and truly get to know a place. When you live like a local, you’ll uncover so much more about what these great Canadian destinations have to offer and create memories to last a lifetime. Here’s our guide to extended stays in four iconic Canadian cities.
Extended trips: immersive travel
By Pamela Roth | Postmedia Content Works
For adventurous souls and nature lovers, Victoria is the place to be. Locals and visitors alike are captivated by the beauty of the surrounding ocean and ever-present, dazzling green forest packed with ferns, giant trees and carpets of moss blanketing the ground.
Visitors on an extended vacation can easily immerse themselves in the city’s active, outdoorsy lifestyle by exploring the elaborate network of bike lanes often packed with commuters or going for a hike along one of the many regional trails.
The city also has a rich history that’s displayed in colourful heritage buildings and castles, funky neighbourhoods that ooze small-town charm and a thriving arts and entertainment scene. For food lovers, downtown is a culinary adventure with Victoria boasting the highest restaurants per capita in Canada. Victoria offers something for everyone with many activities to explore year-round during an extended visit or workcation.
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A paved, multi-use trail skirts along the grassy cliff tops of Victoria’s southern boundary, offering stunning views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Peninsula’s snow-capped mountains. On a nice day, the area is buzzing with dog walkers, cyclists, runners and people soaking in the beauty around them, which turns into a work of art at sunset. If you’re lucky, you might spot a whale from the Ogden Point Breakwater—an 850-metre sea wall that’s popular for diving and fishing. Grab a coffee or some baked goods from the Breakwater Café or further your seaside exploration by taking a whale watching tour with Orca Spirit Adventures.
Choose your activity
Walk along Dallas Road and watch the sunset
Known for its vibrant craft beer scene, there’s no shortage of tasty beverages in Victoria. More than a dozen breweries and cideries operate in the area, along with several taphouses offering dozens of creative brews. Many of them are within walking distance of each other downtown. Phillips Brewing & Malting has become one of B.C.’s biggest craft brewers and Spinnakers is Canada’s oldest brewpub. To learn about the art of craft beer, end your work day at lunchtime and take a tour with West Coast Brewery Tours.
Sample local craft beer
When you need an escape from the city, there’s no better place than Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park. Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown, the relatively flat, 10-kilometre trail that loops around the two lakes, passing through small beaches and wooded areas with large Douglas fir and cedar trees, is ideal for running. Here, you are likely to spot kayakers and fishermen on the lake that’s stocked with trout. You may also watch Olympians as the lake is a training area for Canada’s Olympic rowing team.
Go for a run at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park
Victoria is a cycling city. A compact urban environment, mild climate and elaborate network of bike lanes and routes connecting with two regional trails—the 55-kilometre Galloping Goose Trail and 29-kilometre Lochside Trail—cater to hundreds of cyclists daily. One of the best ways to explore the city is by bicycle. The Pedaler offers bike rentals as well as a variety of cycling tours to scenic vistas, breweries and Victoria’s unique neighbourhoods. If you want someone else to do the pedaling, hire a pedicab with the Victoria Pedicab Company to show you around.
Rent a bike and experience Victoria’s cycling network
Considered one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, Victoria’s Inner Harbour is a photographer’s dream. The streets are lined with colourful flowers, buskers, local artisan, food vendors, the historic Fairmont Empress hotel and Parliament Buildings that light up at night with more than 3,000 lightbulbs. To get a good view of the harbour, walk across the new Johnson Street Bridge to the Songhees Walkway that passes by LURE Restaurant & Bar, Boom + Batten Restaurant and Café and Spinnakers Brewpub, which is a great place to grab a pint. At the end of the walkway is the cute Westbay Marine Village that consists of more than 20 float homes moored to docks. For a meaningful cultural experience, join a walking tour with the Songhees Nation of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People, departing from Ship Point.
Explore Victoria’s iconic Inner Harbour and Songhees Walkway
The sheltered waters of a narrow tidal inlet connecting Victoria Harbour to Portage Inlet are perfect for leisurely paddle. Known as “the Gorge,” the inlet feels more like being on a lazy river than the ocean—until a harbour seal pops out of the water. Kayaks can be rented at Ocean River Sports, giving paddlers the option of exploring the busy Inner Harbour or the Upper Harbour/Gorge that flows through an industrial section, forested shores lined with houses andbeautiful waterfront parks. The area is also a migratory bird sanctuary.
Rent a kayak and explore Victoria Harbour and the Gorge
Located approximately 20 minutes from downtown, Thetis Lake is one of the largest parks in the region with more than 40 kilometres of trails to explore. The most popular trail circles Lower Thetis Lake, but those looking for a longer hike can add on Upper Thetis or Seymour Hill for a panoramic view of the lake. For more challenging hikes, head further outside the city to Mount Work or Mount Finlayson in Goldstream Provincial Park where thousands of salmon come to spawn during the fall.
Hike at Thetis Lake Regional Park
Located a few blocks from the ocean, Cook Street Village is a vibrant commercial corridor with a small-town vibe tucked inside Victoria’s historic Fairfield neighbourhood. The village features boutique shops, organic food markets, cozy restaurants and cafés, a charming neighbourhood pub and beautiful heritage homes. Grab a coffee and sit on the patio at Moka House or stroll further up Cook Street and grab brunch at Bear and Joey. In the nearby posh neighbourhood of Rockland, visit the Government House gardens, Craigdarroch Castle and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Grab a coffee and people watch in Cook Street Village
Beacon Hill Park is the crown jewel of Victoria’s park system with roughly 740,000 square metres of parkland protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Visitors can wander through lush natural areas, wildflowers and manicured flower beds that sprinkle the park with colour. Grab the city’s best ice cream from the Beacon Drive-In and search for the park’s Moss Lady sculpture or have a picnic on Beacon Hill, a place of historical, cultural and sacred significance to the Lekwungen People—known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.
Explore Beacon Hill Park
One of the greatest things about Victoria is going to the beach. It doesn’t have to be a warm or sunny day—just strolling along the ocean, listening to the waves lapping against the shore and smelling the fresh, salty air invigorates your senses. Gonzales Beach, Esquimalt Lagoon, Cadboro-Gyro Park, Cordova Bay and Willows Beach are among the most popular beaches. Each one offers something slightly different, but seabirds and seals are a common sight. At Willows Beach, head to nearby Estevan Village for fine dining, gourmet specialty shops, traditional pubs and afternoon tea.
Go to the beach
A bedroom community to the downtown core, many of Victoria’s key attractions like the Parliament Buildings, Royal B.C. Museum, Beacon Hill Park and Fisherman’s Wharf are located in James Bay, along with several hotels and bed and breakfasts. Stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific to be in the centre of the action.
Fairfield, another bedroom community to downtown workers, is home to small local shops, heritage homes and many beaches, making it a desirable place to live, work and visit. Stay at The Parkside Hotel and Spa which offers full kitchens and kitchenettes as well as tons of living and working space.
Accessible shoreline and waterfront walkways extend around the coast of this rapidly growing neighbourhood, connecting numerous parks and the Galloping Goose Trail. Stay at Delta Hotel to enjoy spectacular views of the Inner Harbour.
Victorians love to go out for dinner. Wandering around downtown is a culinary adventure with so many restaurants to choose from. For menus dictated by seasonality, with ingredients sourced from local farmers, try 10 Acres Commons and Nourish Kitchen & Café. A local favourite in Victoria is seafood chowder and the best is at Barb’s Fish & Chips. To sample more of the city’s culinary hidden gems, join A Taste of Victoria Food Tours on a guided tour.
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Hike at Thetis Lake Regional Park
By Sarah Treleaven | Postmedia Content Works
When I moved to Halifax from Toronto several years ago, I wasn’t sure how well I was going to settle into a smaller, unfamiliar town. I remember sleeping so soundly that first night with the bedroom windows flung open to fresh air and absolute peace and quiet—something I hadn’t experienced in years. The next morning, I ventured around the corner to what quickly became my favourite neighbourhood bakery, LF, for perfect savoury gruyère croissants and sticky cinnamon swirl pastries.
That balance—the big-city charms meet small-town calm—has driven many slow-motion travel love stories with the city. Halifax represents the best of both worlds: urban pleasures like craft cocktails abound while the splendors of nature remain proximate. For both locals and visitors, evenings and weekends in Halifax afford the luxury of both brunching and hiking, of shopping at local stores and hitting the beach, of attending energetic events while also pausing to carve out moments of calm. One of my favourite things to do after work is stand on a rocky beach or sit in a boardwalk beer garden and watch massive container ships cruise through the city’s spectacular Atlantic Ocean harbour. But you don’t have to live here to appreciate everything that Halifax has to offer. Halifax’s subtle charms make it a place that easily feels like home—and the ideal place to work remotely during an extended vacation.
Hit up local businesses in the city’s hippest neighbourhood, including clothing stores Ana & Zac, Sattva and Slowly Slowly. Stop for a latte at Café Lara, a drink at Sourwood Cider, a treat at Fortune Doughnut and a hot stone bowl of Korean bibimbap at Young Pocha.
Shop the North End
Rent some gear—everything from bikes, scooters and rollerblades to ice skates depending on the time of year—and join the crowd at the Oval in the Halifax Common, Canada’s oldest urban park. In the summer months, pick up a tart mango lassi at Indian Groceries and find a seat on the grass to watch an afternoon cricket match.
Outdoors at the Oval
Check out the 1917 Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower at Fort Needham Memorial Park then stroll over to the quaint shops—like The Lemonade General Store & Co which sells an eclectic mix of handknit sweaters, high-end cheeses and apothecary items—of the Hydrostone Market. Stop in at Salvatore’s, a beloved North End pizzeria.
History in the Hydrostone
Join the locals for happy hour charcuterie, cheese and cocktails—and the signature butter-lime-cinnamon popcorn—at small-plate Field Guide, followed by locally crafted ice cream at Dee Dee’s (the peppermint chip, brimming with tiny dark chocolate chips, is a cult fave). Book tickets for one of the many evening events at the Halifax Central Library, a key culture hub.
Have a happy hour (or two)
Enjoy a late afternoon stroll in 75-hectare Point Pleasant Park, taking in historic monuments like Purcell’s Landing, all while watching the ships—small and very, very big—cruise through the water. For a different pace, rent a bike or join a tour from nearby I Heart Bikes to cycle on a designated path.
South End stroll
Pick up a roti, jerk chicken and some plantains at Caribbean Bliss for a waterfront picnic in Africville Park, the historic site of what was once one of Canada’s oldest Black communities. Be sure to stop into the Africville Museum to hear the stories of the Black people who once lived, worked and raised their families here.
North End education
In Nova Scotia, surfing is a year-round pursuit and locals hit the waves in all kinds of weather. Drive 35 minutes to the beach in Lawrencetown to rent a board at high-design Lawrencetown Surf Co., schedule a lesson at East Coast Surf School, splash in the water or just sit on the beach and watch the action. Be sure to stop into the Atlantic Dutch Shop to stock up on salty licorice and stroopwafels.
Catch a wave
Stroll along the city’s pretty harbourfront boardwalk and stop in at the boutique Bishop’s Cellar to check out the carefully curated selection of wines. Or book a boat at Sea Halifax Boat Tours & Adventures and see it from the water. On Saturdays, visit the Seaport and Brewery markets for a mix of produce, prepared foods and crafts, followed by the iconic Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to trace some of the country’s history.
Stroll the boardwalk
Take the pedestrian ferry for a 12-minute trip to Dartmouth (or drive over the bridge) to grab brunch at John’s Lunch which fries some of the best fish, clams and chips in the city. Then take a wander in downtown Dartmouth, stopping in at The Tare Shop (no-waste shopping), Sprout Therapy (juices and smoothies), Café Goodluck (café fare) and Kept (household knick-knacks).
A day in Dartmouth
Take a 20-minute drive to the charming Fisherman’s Cove Heritage Centre to take in the small, colourful seaside gift shops and restaurants. Catch a ride at A&M Sea Charters—keep your eyes peeled for seals—or hop back in the car and drive 10 minutes east to beautiful Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park for swimming, sandcastle building or simply walking along the water’s edge.
Head for a morning hike through the protected lakes, forests and wetlands of Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area. Then drive 20 minutes to Long Lake Provincial Park to rent a kayak or paddle board at Long Lake Adventure Company.
Just north of downtown, the North End is a neighbourhood full of small independent businesses including great bars and restaurants. Check out the short-term rentals at the Brewery Park hotel, which offers suites with kitchenettes and high-speed WiFi.
The North End
Stick close to the urban hustle and bustle—and the spectacular harbour. Atlantic Corporate Suites offers fully equipped units, including laundry and biweekly housekeeping. If you’re in the mood for a splurge and a more formal vibe, the boutique Muir Hotel is opening in December 2021.
Stay at the DoubleTree Hilton Halifax, which is pet-friendly and offers great amenities for longer stays—including an indoor pool and a business centre. It’s just a 15-minute walk to downtown Dartmouth to enjoy the neighbourhood’s laidback café and bar culture, plus nearby parks and lakes—all just a 12-minute ferry ride from downtown Halifax.
Halifax is a place of creeping affection that rewards a little time and patience. It’s a city that grows on you, as you gradually feel your clenched shoulders begin to drop and your mind clear. And while it makes for an easy weekend getaway, it’s an even better spot to spend a few weeks, whether on extended vacation or working remotely, in order to truly ease into the pleasures of local living.
By Barbara Balfour | Postmedia Content Works
For visitors whose idea of travel means immersing themselves in the local lifestyle, Ottawa is the perfect destination for a remote work vacation. From world-class museums and a thriving arts and culture scene to a plethora of outdoor activities and award-winning restaurants, Canada’s dynamic capital city has it all.
Some of the most quintessential of Canadian activities are found in Ottawa—think skating on the world’s largest outdoor ice rink, licking maple syrup taffy off a popsicle stick at a sugar shack and touring the grounds of the nation’s Parliament buildings.
And with enough here to keep you busy for weeks, an extended visit to Ottawa presents plenty of possibilities—so you can keep enjoying the city’s charms even after you snap that laptop shut. Here are some of the best ways to experience the city like a local on your time off.
You’ll never look at the history of Canada the same way again after a guided excursion with Indigenous Walking Tours, held throughout the week in the downtown core. Listen to stories of resilience and rethink what you learned in the classroom while exploring Indigenous architecture, landscapes, monuments and arts.
Explore over 150 kilometres of trails in the Greenbelt, a natural conservation area with diverse landscapes ranging from pick-your-own apple orchards to pristine forests, bogs, quarries and sand dunes. If winter sports are more your jam, one of the largest networks of winter trails in North America is just a 15-minute drive from downtown in Gatineau Park. Rent your gear including snowshoes and skis from Dows Lake Pavilion, Kunstadt Sports or Lafleur (reopening in December) among other places.
Explore the trails
Blow off some steam with perogies, pinball and vintage video games at House of Targ in the eclectic neighbourhood of Old Ottawa South. Across the street you’ll find the Mayfair, the city’s oldest theatre circa 1932, where you can always catch the latest indie flick or a cult classic like the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
If you’re looking for a truly exclusive experience, be sure to make reservations well in advance at Atelier. Owned by two-time winner of the Canadian Culinary Championships, Marc Lepine, this mecca of molecular gastronomy serves up an interactive 44-course tasting menu alongside creative mediums such as video, text and pre-recorded phone calls.
Looking for something more low-key? Consider local neighbourhood favourites such as Supply and Demand on Wellington West, which offers a changing menu of small plates and pastas and a parmesan-topped kale salad to die for. For a nightcap, venture out to the Glebe’s Fourth Avenue Wine Bar for a stunning selection of wines by the glass in a dimly lit, intimate atmosphere.
Time for dinner
At Zoe’s, within the walls of the historic Fairmont Château Laurier, you’ll find weekend afternoon tea that’s as classic as it gets, right down to the scones and cream and 13 varieties of specially blended loose-leaf tea. Make sure to also check out some of the photos on display by legendary portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh, who kept both his studio and home at the hotel for decades and photographed some of the most important figures of the 20th century.
For an edgier but still classy take on the classic afternoon tea, try the Vanitea Room Tea Salon and Eatery, run by effervescent owner Hind Mubarak Brown. From bottomless mimosas and drag queen dinners to a breathtakingly Instagrammable interior, this is one of the city’s top spots for those who brunch.
Admire the world’s biggest collection of Canadian and Indigenous art at the National Gallery of Canada, along with pieces from international artists such as Matisse, Monet and Cézanne. Created by Canadian superstar architect Moshe Safdie, the building is an architectural marvel in and of itself, with another iconic fixture at its front doors: Maman, a nine-foot sculpture of a spider cast in bronze, steel and marble. Also make time for the permanent exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
Take the world’s first interprovincial zip-line between Ontario and Québec. On Interzip Rogers, you’ll soar 37 metres above the Ottawa River while admiring spectacular views of Parliament Hill, Chaudière Falls and urban skylines.
Zipline for your life
At the family-owned KIN vineyards in Ottawa’s far west end, you can not only enjoy wine tours, tastings and dining al fresco on hearty Italian cuisine, but also stay the night. Nestled among the vines are three lovingly restored vintage Airstream trailers offering a peaceful overnight retreat, complete with a kitchenette, bathroom, private patio space and unmatched views.
Sleep in a vineyard
Inspired by her time living in Sweden, Uppliva Spa owner Maureen Dickson has created an urban Nordic retreat in the heart of the city. Treat yourself to a three-hour sauna and steam circuit, get a holistic facial from an acupuncturist or choose from an organic treatment bar of products sourced from local farms.
You haven’t been to Ottawa in the winter if you don’t skate on the famous UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Rideau Canal, immediately followed by a crispy BeaverTail pastry and a steaming hot chocolate. During the warmer months, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this beautiful waterway: take a cruise, go for a bike ride, rent a canoe or kayak or go bird watching (look for the great blue herons that return every spring).
Explore the Rideau Canal
This hub of dining, shopping and nightlife is within easy walking distance of tourist attractions such as the Parliament Buildings, National Art Gallery and the Château Laurier. Along with access to downtown festivals and the Rideau Canal, you’re also just a 15-minute drive from the pristine wilderness of Gatineau Park. A stay at the modern four-star Le Germain Hotel puts you in the heart of the action just steps from the Byward Market.
Elgin Street is a vibrant mecca of trendy shops, gourmet restaurants and cafés that runs between Parliament Hill and the Canadian Museum of Nature. Stay at the Lord Elgin on the northern point of the strip overlooking Confederation Park, which hosts many year-round events including Winterlude programming and Ottawa Jazz Festival. Bookend your day with breakfast from The SconeWitch and dinner at Canadian fine dining restaurant and wine bar, Beckta.
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If the siren song of Europe has been calling your name but crossing an ocean isn’t in the cards, consider a visit to Québec City instead—and why not stay awhile to truly experience the local lifestyle?
While this traditional French-Canadian town is famous for winding cobblestone streets and traditional old-world charm, it has plenty of modern pleasures, too. Think R&R, dining out and shopping therapy, all of which reign supreme due to an emphasis on premium experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
From farm-to-table cuisine to independent designers, Québec City is the ultimate centre of craftsmanship and elegance. Even just taking a stroll through one of its many quirky neighbourhoods brings pleasure to the eyes—and the soul.
Take your time to get to know this magnificent city beyond just a weekend getaway. Consider packing your laptop and making it a working vacation instead.
Experience the full range of Québecois culinary talent and emphasis on premium ingredients at the Gourmet District of Sainte-Foy. Here you can taste a range of international flavours—from Portuguese barbecue to Japanese fine dining—from more than a dozen chefs, including Laurent Godbout, former National Chef of the Year Award winner. Stop by after work for a classic cinq à sept (Québec’s version of happy hour) for a cocktail at beach-themed La Plage. Or if you feel like staying in, check out the specialty market for ready-to-take-home dishes.
Explore Quebécois culinary creations at Sainte-Foy
Take an evening walk along the bustling sidewalk cafés, restaurants and bars of the Grande Allée. Stop by L’Atelier for an elegant cocktail or sing like nobody’s listening at much-loved Québecois folk music club Voûtes de Napoléon.
Eventually you’ll run into Avenue Cartier, another bustling shopping and dining street in the heart of the city’s art district. If you’re feeling ambitious, wander over to a nearby major attraction, such as the stunning Musée national des beaux-arts (open late on Wednesdays), or relax in the city’s largest green space—the Plains of Abraham, where a pivotal battle took place between England and France in 1759.
Spend the evening along the Grande Allée
Steps away from the St. Lawrence River, walk your way through the pretty-as-a-postcard Petit Champlain District. While the area really transforms into an illuminated winter wonderland over the holidays, you’ll enjoy shopping for amazing artwork, fun accessories and original gifts all year long. Make sure to stop by the Boutique Métiers d’art du Québec, a great source of thoughtful souvenirs and artisan-made creations.
Shop in the Petit Champlain District
Indulge in 10 different types of hot chocolate or 70 flavours of ice cream at Erico, an artisanal multiple award-winning chocolatier with an adjacent chocolate museum. Also on rue Saint-Jean, in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood, is North America’s oldest grocery store, Épicerie J.A. Moisan, circa 1871. Here you’ll find everything from 50 varieties of mustard to a killer spread for a picnic, including charcuterie, salads and sweets to your heart’s delight.
Taste gourmet treats on rue Saint-Jean
Hop on the year-round Québec City- Lévis Ferry for spectacular city views from the St. Lawrence River. The trip only takes 12 minutes each way, taking you to Lévis on the south shore of the river. In Lévis, walk or cycle along the St. Lawrence River or grab a bite at the Corsaire Pub, overlooking the water. In the summer, watch the country’s most powerful water fountain come alive in a spectacular sound and light show at Quai Paquet, or consider taking a longer journey on the water with an evening dinner cruise with Croisières AML.
Cruise along the St. Lawrence River
Only minutes away from Old Québec, nestled by the banks of the sacred Akiawenrahk River, you will find Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, a four-star boutique hotel that offers a spa, a gourmet restaurant inspired by Indigenous terroir and a museum that spotlights the Huron-Wendat Nation. At the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse, take part in an immersive Indigenous storytelling experience by the glow of a fire, learn to make jewelry from porcupine quills or stay overnight in a bed of spruce and furs in a traditional Iroquoian dwelling.
Experience the traditions of First Nations in Québec
Take an interactive workshop in making copper art at the Albert Gilles Copper Art and Museum in Château-Richer, about 20 minutes from Québec City. The museum’s founder decorated the homes of stars such as legendary actress Mae West and Walt Disney. Today, Gilles’ daughters and granddaughter are carrying on his flair for metal craftsmanship.
Make your own copper art
Venture into the largest and most magnificent English-language library in Québec, the Morrin Cultural Centre. Some of the volumes in its collection date back to the 16th century. The mysterious Victorian building is worth visiting for its history alone, which is on full display. The library was first constructed more than 300 years ago as a military barracks and later served as the city’s prison. Take a tour to immerse yourself in the storied past of this hidden gem.
Visit Québec’s most beautiful English library
Savour the delights of Île d’Orléans, a picturesque foodie's paradise located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, about 15 minutes from downtown Québec City. Tour the island’s excellent wineries, taste its infamous strawberries at farmhouse jam maker Tigidou and sip on delectable blackcurrant liqueur at Cassis Monna et Filles, a fifth-generation business. Finally, immerse yourself into Québec folk culture at the permanent exhibit of a legendary Quebec poet and singer-songwriter at Espace Félix-Leclerc.
Make a day trip to Île d’Orléans
For a truly breathtaking experience, embark on an assisted climb (via ferrata) up the cliffs adjacent to this magnificent 83-metre-high waterfall (30 metres taller than Niagara Falls). Once you’ve reached the top, enjoy a truly remarkable vantage point from the bridge across the top of the falls, which offers stunning views of the city, the St. Lawrence River and Île d'Orléans. For a more relaxed pace, take the cable car to the top, where you can tour the grounds of Manoir Montmorency, the former summer home of Queen Victoria’s father.
Feel the thunder at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
Home to countless bistros and brasseries, second-hand bookshops and the oldest grocery store on the continent, Saint-Jean-Baptiste is a fabulous district to call home for a few weeks. An always-buzzing hub of independent shops, restaurants and nightlife, this colourful neighbourhood still manages to pull off a vibe that’s both relaxed and down-to-earth. Stay at the Hotel Palace Royal, a cozy hotel which nods to the European character of its environment and features many on-site amenities to keep you entertained during your extended visit.
Speciality bakeries, trendy cafés and weekend markets are juxtaposed with pockets of tranquility along the Saint-Charles River. This up-and-coming neighbourhood with a funky Brooklyn vibe is dotted with Instagrammable alley murals and green spaces perfect for picnicking or jogging. Locations Vieux Limoilou provide apartments and studios that are ideal for extended stays in Québec City.