Quebec City Nighttime

Modern hotels behind the Plains of Abraham on the left, the iconic Chateau Frontenac on the right.

Modern hotels behind the Plains of Abraham on the left, the iconic Chateau Frontenac on the right.

Last week (September 16, 2014) we visited Quebec City for a day on the way from Pennsylvania to Prince Edward Island (PEI).  We spent the day and had dinner in the city and I took pictures with my new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III (to be blogged later.) After supper we took the ferry back to Levis, returned to our bed and breakfast, got my Pentax SLR K20D, my 18-50mm Sigma lens, and a tripod and went down to the Levis Terrace which overlooks Quebec City and the St Lawrence River. (La fleuve St Laurent)  I was determined to take better photos of nighttime Quebec than I had six years ago.

The iconic building is the Chateau Frontenac, now a Fairmont Hotel, once part of Canadian Pacific Railway hotels.

The Chateau and Dufferin Terrace are lit up as is the working waterfront.

The Chateau and Dufferin Terrace are lit up as is the working waterfront.

The “old town” lies beneath and to the east of the Chateau and Dufferin Terrace and includes working docks, restaurants, shops and to the east, industry and business.

To the east  and downriver of the city on the bluff are the lower town and business and industry, including these buildings washed with light.

To the east and downriver of the city on the bluff are the lower town and business and industry, including these buildings washed with light.

Six years ago in November we visited Quebec City for a day on the way from PEI to Ontario.  I tried to take shots of the city at night from Levis at a slightly different location.  I was using the same Pentax K20D and a 28-200 Tamron zoom – but they were handheld.  They make for interesting abstracts!

The Chateau is still the focus, just not IN focus!

The Chateau is still the focus, just not IN focus!

Quebec City 2008-2222

By this time I was playing...

By this time I was playing…

 

Travel tip:  The best way to visit Quebec City is to stay in Levis, across the river, and ride the ferry to Quebec City in the morning and take it back in the evening.  We stayed at the fantastic Au Plumard Bed and breakfast where the gourmet three-course breakfasts were amazing.  If you stay in Levis the accommodation is cheaper, you don’t have to fight traffic into and out of Quebec City, and the views from the ferry are worth the cost of the fare.

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2 comments on “Quebec City Nighttime

  1. I’m making note of your comments, because I feel a Quebec City road trip coming on. We were just discussing that the other night.

  2. buntymcc says:

    Apparently there is a hop-on/hop-off bus that was recommended by others in the B&B. We tend to just walk until we’re exhausted! We walked from the ferry around the old and walled town and then across the Plains of Abraham all the way to the big Art Gallery but didn’t feel like paying to get in as we were too tired to enjoy it (and the restaurant looked too posh for us.) We had a great dinner at Sous Le Fort restaurant.

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