It offers a charming European atmosphere and the opportunity to relax and unwind.
Quebec Citycould easily be a romantic getaway. Montreal, on the other hand, can keep you busy until all hours of the night (or in the morning) and offers plenty to keep even the fastest tourist happy. The atmosphere of Montreal and Quebec City is different and complementary.
While Montreal is large and cosmopolitan, Quebec City is welcoming and very welcoming. A trip to Montreal and Québec City is a trip to the heart and soul of French Canada. I have winter travel guides for both Quebec City and Montreal, so check them out if you want to get a better idea of what to do. Montreal and Quebec City are the largest cities in the province of Quebec, but Montreal is more than three times the size, with a population of 1,780,000.
Museum lovers will also have fun: Quebec City is home to the quirky Musée de la Civilisation, one of Canada's most visited museums, as well as the masterpiece of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. He spoke for almost the entire duration of the tour and provided a broad overview of the history and development of Quebec City and its surroundings. Hop on a ferry ride in the warmer summer months and you'll be rewarded with views of the surrounding countryside and Quebec City's beautiful historic skyline. Both places exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend that everyone visit Montreal and Quebec at some point in their life.
If I had to choose a city to visit again, I would probably go with Montreal, since there are many more that I haven't discovered. Cities are only three hours apart, but if you only have time to go to one, this is why Quebec City should be at the top of your list of Canadian travel spots. Quebec City felt just as touristy, but that may be because it constantly saw tons of tourists in its smaller section of Old Town. Even though I stayed in the suburban part of town, it was a decently pleasant walk to the city, and almost all of the tourist spots are in one place.
Quebec City has only one bus system, and despite speaking and reading French fluently, I found it quite confusing to understand where to buy tickets with a credit card instead of cash. That said, there is almost nothing in North America that can compete with the great walled fortifications of Old Quebec. If you are looking for a city that has variety in everything from its neighborhoods to its international cuisine, Montreal is the best option for you. After living in Montreal and spending time in Quebec City, I really got the feeling that the cities were similar in terms of population.
Complete with a chapel, an ice slide and even an outdoor hot tub, the hotel organizes daytime excursions if you don't feel like braving the cold on an overnight stay. I think this may be partly because I was staying in a residential area; there's definitely good vegan food in Quebec City, but it's mostly downtown, so I didn't try as many restaurants and ended up cooking a couple of times.