Quebec City is a charming city and any one who visits is bound to fall in love with it. I spent a month here and explored the city in more detail. So, here is the lowdown on the good, the bad and the ugly of Quebec City.
1.European Style Architecture
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You can clearly see the European influence on the architecture of Old Quebec. In fact, you feel as if you are in a town in France, not Canada. The buildings are so colorful and cute that your instagram photos will look amazing even without filters.
Read more about the architecture of Quebec City here
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Delight your inner foodie with some amazing French delicacies. Specially, the rabbit sausage in Lapin Saute restaurant is out of this world. An honorary mention goes to The Hobbit too for amazing food and service
3. People and Safety
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Canadians are famous for being very polite and friendly.
Quebec City is no exception to this. The locals are friendly, and will help you if they understand your language.
1. Limited English
Even though Quebec City is in Canada and supposedly bilingual, the number of people who can understand and speak English, is limited. You will have no problems grocery shopping. However, it is slightly difficult finding a person to give you directions in English.
1. Racial Tension?
This is not really a problem in Quebec City itself, but its surrounding area. I happened to go to Levis across the St. Lawrence river for a stroll. I got a number of dirty stares and a look of pure hatred from a stranger for no clear reason. I don’t know if they hate people of ethnic origin or tourists in general. I felt safe when I was back in Quebec City.
2. Divided National Loyalty
When chatting with the locals, I got the sense that some consider Quebec a separate country in itself and not a province of Canada. I live in Canada, though not a citizen, so I felt this attitude slightly disconcerting.
On the whole, I loved this city and will likely visit again.
For more information on places to see in Quebec City, please read this post
Disclaimer: The opinions presented here are my own and not meant in any way, to offend or otherwise hurt any group mentioned or omitted in this post.