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 “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.
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!
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.