It's time to get up. It's a trip in winter in Quebec City in the province of Ontario in Canada and its walled old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It is also the only walled city in North America excluding Mexico. I get out of bed, and during the night a multitude of blankets and pillows took the form of an igloo, as I drew the curtains.
Yes, to make you understand the Canadian climate I had to go back to rewind the tape until yesterday, the day of my arrival. Last night fighting against the time zone we walked to dinner at a pub and there entered some local with open jacket and a cotton T-shirt under it. We returned to the hotel pretty much flying against the crazy cold.
Looking at the white covering everything the first thought that crosses my mind is to just go back to sleep. The freezing temperature is waiting for me out there.
And here the frost is true. The spring here is still a mirage. After a hearty breakfast we go through the hotel lobby and open the first door. We ask at the information desk about the car rental and the clerk shows me outside, across the street. Thank you and I go. I open the sliding door. The first. Then the second. And then finally the third and final. There are three doors to prevent from the icy air as outside the temperature is -13 C. It will not move from that number for all the rest of the day. In the summer it also gets to + 32 C in Quebec
We return to the hotel as I realize that carelessly while talking to the guide, who provided us with the tourist office in Quebec, I forgot to bring the jacket and put on the gloves. I affront with a pair of new boots, ski pants, double long-sleeved shirt, bulletproof sweater, super reliable wool jacket, a cap in 100% wool. It is not enough.
In Quebec is available 1800 of great natural value sites such as national parks, reserves, wildlife habitats and in short, all areas where nature is protected and safeguarded hundred percent, and where visitors can venture, always following the flawless rules in the area, to travel and discover all the beauty that nature can give.
You will find mountains to climb, huge forests in which to explore the lush flora and many species of animals, lakes whose crystal clear waters is reflected the blue sky and where it is also possible to fish in the rivers and of course to go canoeing and live a simply wonderful adventure.
Among the most interesting natural sites we must surely remember the Aiguebelle National Park located in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue who is most famous for its ancient geological activity and the waterways, the Miguasha National Park which is now part of Heritage and the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Charlevoix.
We advise you to not venture into these areas alone, other than if you are experienced, or it's better to take a park guide who will accompany you to discover the most interesting places, all of which will offer you information you need and also allow you to discover some secrets that they are not revealed in the guide books. Thanks to the parks guides it will be easier also take holiday a bit special, such as camping on the shores of rivers or hunting in the reserves where it is allowed.
Tired as we were to stay all day in the car, we decided to visit only the Haute-ville, as they call the area around the citadelle, and learn about the oldest part of the city. Entering through the door of Saint Jean, one of 4 of the walls, we enter into a network of narrow streets filled with restaurants and shops that guide us to the Notre-Dame cathedral of Quebec, the imposing Château Frontenac, a former castle transformed into a luxury hotel overlooking the hill and supervises the river Saint Laurent and the Terrasse Dufferin, a wooden terrace located above the archaeological excavations of the ancient castle and river views.
The whole walk is very beautiful, succeed squares with street artists, we listened to country, jazz and various singers, jugglers and acrobats and we have seen, and many times, and squares are reminiscent of ancient European cities rather than American ones. Dufferin Terrace is dotted with benches and gazebos, and frequented by musicians, also deserves to be sat and view the river and the castle. In Quebec, the majority of the population is French-speaking and it is difficult to find people who speaks English, although many understand.
Then during lunch we just walked into a restaurant and I faced a change of at least 40 degrees. For six hours it was snowing incessantly. Our guide talked about the very nice climate and great thermal excursion there during the year and his love for the winter season.