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Quebec with Teenager

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Quebec with Teenager

We are planning to take our 13 year old grandson to Quebec with us in late July. He is taking French in school and has an interest in French history. We will probably fly into either Quebec City or Montreal and take the train to another city. We have been to Quebec City once for only a day and have wanted to return. We will have about 4 days and would be interested in traveling Norh of Quebec City one day. All suggestions welcome.

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1. Re: Quebec with Teenager

The museum of civilization is a must if he is interested in French history. It is excellent and has some wonderful exhibits. The Citadel is very interesting, both geographically or historically. The Interpretation Center in Place Royale will also be of interest for him, great for kids, including teens.

Otherwise just wandering the streets, so much history to see.

As to north of Quebec City, where exactly?

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Mortmorency Falls may be a good idea for at least part of a day...

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I think that if you fly into Montréal and then take the train to Québec City you will have a lot of time spent in transportation and not so much to visit north of Qc, whatever that means.

You could look at flying directly or with a transfer to Québec City and stay put there with, may be, a trip to Montmorency Falls and Orléans Island or all the way to Tadoussac for whale watching cruise..

Whatever your decision is pertaining to Montréal just make sure that you spend at least one night in Québec City between Wednesday to Saturday. This is to enable you to see one of the two free nigh time shows: Image Mill by Ex Machina and/or Invisible Paths by Cirque du Soleil. The schedules for next summer have not been published yet but, based on previous years those will be the “safe” days to attend. Keep a look on the forums and on the Québec City tourism office to get the exact dates later on. Note that it is impossible to see both events in the same night.

For a Francophile the Museum of Civilisation is an obvious must but you should also add the annex at Centre d’Interprétation de la Place Royale and, even, if the boy is ok with more add the Musée de l’Amérique Française in Upper Town. Combo tickets for two or all 3 of the museums are available.

Just a few word of notice about the French Language. First the accent is very different from France, from Paris I should say. A bit like Deep South and Bostonian can be so different. The second warning is that many wait staff and sales persons will switch to English when hearing the accent or hesitations. You can always mention (or let the kid do it) that he wants to practice his French. But, even then, you will be in high touristic season so, just for the sake of convenience some people will still continue in English. So take other measures to help him practice, at least listening. You can put the TV on French channels only, have the citadel tour in French or take another walking tour in French too.

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Thank you all. This is very helpful. We don't have a definite idea for travel North of Quebec thought a one day trip elsewhere might be fun. I think it will be the wrong time of year for whale watching. Montmorency Falls sounds good.

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Late July is perfect for whale watching. There are daily tours offered from Québec City but it is a long way on the road, although in a beautiful area, for just a few hours on the river.

Montmorency Falls and Orléans Island, combined with Sainte-Anne Basilica are offered on a half a day tour but can also be combined with the regular city tour to make it a full day enterprise. Tours du Vieux Québec does the bus tours and also some walking ones.

It is very expensive but taking the touristy Train de Charlevoix would be nice if you want just to enjoy the majestic scenery of the Charlevoix Area. I give you the web link for that one as it is more difficult to find than the others but also because it is still in the winter mood and the site will switch to the summer one in April or May. Note that this train doesn’t start from the historical Gare du Palais but from a small station near Montmorency Falls. Departure at 9h30 a.m. so you can arrive early and take time to see the falls and take the cable car over them as it starts operating at 8h30. Access to the Falls and station can be made by the regular city buses but is a bit complicated, a cab would be a better solution. Sorry I could not find the English version of that page but, hey, it will be a way to practice for your grandson! http://www.sepaq.com/ct/pcm/information.dot.

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Just remember that the quebeckers are no more French than you are British. Quebeckers are much more Americans who speak French than French in America.

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7. Re: Quebec with Teenager

I am not British at all!

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