Keep the sparks flying with activities perfect for two.
By Stéphanie Gray
Keep the sparks flying with activities perfect for two. Whether it’s your honeymoon or a romantic weekend for two, prepare to be seduced by Québec City’s Old World charm. Not sure where to start? Try any one (or all!) of these unforgettable adventures.
WANDER THE OLD CITY
More than 400 years old, Québec City is the only walled-in city remaining in North America, and its Old Town is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk down Côte de la Montagne and stand atop the staircase for a picture-perfect view of Rue de Petit-Champlain, your gateway to the charming district. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets, where you can people watch as you sip on a coffee at a sidewalk café, browse the one-of-a-kind boutiques, or pop into a local gallery.
EXPLORE ON BICYCLES
Cover more ground than you would by foot by renting a bike for the day. Left your bike at home? No problem! Your concierge will show you where to rent one. From the hotel you can take two exceptional routes, including a 12-kilometre scenic ride to Montmorency Falls, an awe-inspiring waterfall one-and-a-half times higher than Niagara Falls, so be sure to bring your camera.
The second option is to head southwest along the bank of the St. Lawrence River on La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. Highlights along the route include Boisé de Tequenonday, woodland containing Native archaeological remains and a small lookout reached by a zigzagging wood staircase, and Station des Quais, a set of four themed gardens, featuring art installations and interpretive paths. The base rate per bike is $10, which includes your first hour of use, with each additional half-hour at $5.
WATCH THE SUNSET BY FERRY
Cozy up next to your special someone and view the Old City from afar by taking the ferry that shuttles between the capital and Lévis. Open year-round, seven days a week and departing every 30 minutes, the ride each way is only 10-minutes long, but is a picturesque way to take in the city, especially at dusk or under the starry sky. The cost is $3.25 per adult each way.
DINE BY CANDLELIGHT
Foodies will not be disappointed in the wide range of exquisite fine dining restaurants sprinkled within the walls. Just steps away from Le Germain-Dominion are a few exceptional picks, including L’Échaudé, a French bistro that has been a staple in the Old Port for the last 30 years. You’ll find a solid wine list, seasonally based dishes and on-point service. Panache is another top-notch pick, found in the Auberge Saint-Antoine that serves up contemporary cuisine in an intimate and elegant setting. Another chic choice is Toast! Restaurant, which offers a menu inspired by global flavours, best enjoyed on the inner garden terrace.
Immerse yourselves into the city’s history and culture by exploring their spectacular assortment of some 40 museums. Found in the heart of the Plains of Abraham, the Musée National des Beaux-Arts houses the largest collection of 17th century Québec art around and is a regular host of major international exhibitions. Keep the pace leisurely and grab a bite at the on-site restaurant where you can enjoy the views of the Battlefields Park on the outdoor terrace.
Popular and with good reason, the Musée de la Civilisation is a delight for all ages. Architecturally impressive, inside continues to wow with their interactive permanent and temporary exhibitions. To learn more about the province’s past People of Qu?bec…Then and Now shouldn’t be missed.
RIDE IN A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE
The lulling sounds of the horse’s hooves provide the soundtrack to a leisurely tour of the Old City. Admire the historical sites and monuments, as your uniformed driver recounts time past, helping to bring the streets to life. Calèches Québec offers three unique tours, starting at $90 (incl. taxes) for a 40-minute carriage ride that promises to be as memorable as it is romantic.
TURN IT UP AT HOTEL GERMAIN DOMINION
Maximize the romance potential with thoughtful extras you’ll both love.
1. Breakfast in bed.
Stay in your robes a little longer with a made-to-order breakfast delivered straight to the room.
2. Champagne on arrival.
Chilled and ready to pop, kick off your trip with a bubbly toast.
3. Lighten Up.
Set the mood with 12 floating candles, accompanied with a bottle of cider.
4. Sweet Souvenir
For a souvenir that stands the test of time, bring Le Germain home with you. Two of our favourites: a bathrobe with Germain monogram (starting at $125) and glasses engraved with your room number (2 for $25). Visit collectiongermain.com.
5. Gift certificate.
Treat a loved one to a gift certificate. It couldn’t be easier, and it makes a great gift for that special someone who has everything!
Contact the concierge for pricing and arrangements of in-room services