#1573 AUS 5:30am to Houston 6:26am
#8541 Air Canada IAH 7:40am to Toronto 11:35am
Flying over Toronto
#8428 Air Canada YYZ 1:55pm to Quebac City YQB 3:32pm
Just got into town and already got to meet the city's most famous
celebrity- Bonhomme! (mascot of the Winter Carnival)
Hotel Manoir Victoria #28 of 98 on TripAdvisor
$118 already paid after tax and hotels.com 2 reward nights. Includes wifi, indoor swimming pool, fitness center.
View out our window
The restaurant connected to our hotel, we would often enter/exit the hotel this way.
Picking up my Winter Carnival pass.
Going through immigration in Toronto they actually warned us that the French speakers "over there" were rude- they weren't exactly members of the Quebec Tourist Board. Just like in Paris I start with a friendly bon jour and I'm loving this place.
A 20 minute walk turns into a 50 minute walk in the cold and snow trying to find our dinner restaurant. Panache- it was excellent.
Encrusted monkfish with reduction- crazy good.
Truly buildings on every street were like a Macy's Christmas village, and a VERY cold one at that.
Walking in a winter wonderland.
"The spot where Samuel de Champlain landed in 1608 and founded the first French settlement in North America, now
converted into a postcard-pretty public square. Do not miss the huge mural covering the entire side of a nearby building; the figure with
a hat standing at the base of the 'street' is Champlain."
Linda tending bar.
Rue du Petite-Champlaine
The St. Lawrence River by night.
The most photographed hotel in the world?
Ice Slide at Terrasse Dufferin- During the winter you can slide down a ice slide on a toboggan, quite fast and great view.
$2.5 per slide, buy them from the Café at the end of the slide
The old city wall.
Breakfats at Cafe Le Hobbit
It was fresh and excellent.
Went by the Chocolate Museum.
Our hot chocolates.
This is the Patinoire de la place d'Youville- ice skating rink located right in the middle of Old Quebec.
Place de Assemblee-Nationale
Winter Carnival, city-wide, first two weeks of February and spanning 3 weekends. A truly spectacular event, the Winter
Carnival is a hundred-year tradition in Quebec City. Each year, a giant ice palace is built in the Place Jacques-Cartier as the
headquarters of the festivities, but there's activities all during the week. The International Ice Sculpture Competition sees teams
from around the world build monumental sculptures. There are 3 parades during the event in different quarters of the city, and other
winter-defying competitions including a canoe race across the St. Lawrence and a group snow bath. The festival's mascot, Bonhomme Carnaval,
a sashed snowman, is the city's most famous logo. $15 (2013) will get you a rubber snowman to attach to your parka for entrance into the
festivities on the Plains of Abraham.
Good timing! On the way in we spot the live Bonhomme coming out.
Walk through Bonhomme's ice castle.
Bonhomme's pantry- full of ice cream.
And his shower.
I walked around some while Linda waited in the long line for us to go on the ice slide.