Day 46: Camping Panoramique to Auberge Internationale de Québec

Québec city

Enjoy a short ride into Québec City, which is located at a narrowing of the St. Lawrence River. In Algonquin, Kebec means “where the river narrows.” The city was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. The ramparts that surround old Québec are the only remaining fortified city walls in the Americas north of Mexico. This fortified area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Close to downtown are the Plains of Abraham, a historic site within Battlefields Park. Originally, it was grazing land but became famous as the site of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham on September 13, 1759. Under a veil of darkness, British soldiers, under the command of General Wolfe, climbed the steep cliff towards the plains, where they surprised and defeated the French.

General Wolfe, as well as French commander Marquis de Montcalm, died in the battle that left control of Québec City to the British. This allowed the Brits to take control of Canada the following year which distinctively shaped the way Canada grew as a country.

Québec City is the capital of Québec. Check out the Parliament Building, which is most spectacular when lit up in the evening.

Québec City’s skyline is dominated by the Château Frontenac, which was built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company. It opened in 1893, and is a sister hotel to Banff Springs and Château Lake Louise. Québec City is a charming place to visit and is one of my top three spots to visit in the country. The city’s beauty will rival any others but the most impressive part to me was how relaxed and mellow the people were. It is a world-class tourist destination with a small town feel.

Québec City is known internationally for its Summer Festival or Festival d’été. This annual festival began in 1968. It presents hundreds of musical shows in various venues over 11 days at the beginning of July.

There are two campgrounds within ten kilometres of downtown Québec City, but I recommend the hostel Auberge International de Québec. It is located in the heart of Old Québec, allowing you to spend more time exploring this beautiful city without commuting back and forth to a campsite. The hostel has a courtyard where you can lock up your bikes as well as an industrial kitchen that is as nice as any hostel on the globe. Make sure to call ahead to reserve a room as the hostel can fill up quickly especially on weekends and during July and August. If there is no vacancy try Planete Backpackers.

Kilometre Log
0.0Leave Portneuf heading southeast on Route Du Côteau des Roches towards HWY 138 / 2E Avenue.
0.6Turn left onto 2E Avenue / HWY 138.
12.1Enter the industrial town Donnacona, population 5,564.
14.3Cross the Jacques-Cartier River.
24.1Intersection of HWY 138 & HWY 365.
41.5Cross HWY 40 on HWY 138.
44.7Pass the Québec City Airport on HWY 138 / Boulevard Wilfred-Hamel.
51.2Pass under Autoroute Henri IV on HWY 138 / Boulevard Wilfred-Hamel.
52.2Bike past Parc Duberger-Les Saules on HWY 138 / Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel.
54.1Cross Autoroute Robert-Bourassa.
55.7Just before St. Charles River turn right onto Avenue Saint-Sacrement.
57.0Avenue St. Sacrement turns into Avenue Holland.
58.3Turn left off of Avenue Holland onto Rue Grande Allee O / HWY 175.
61.1Rue Grande Allée O / HWY 175 becomes Rue Grande Allée E as you bike past Parque des Champs de Bataille.
61.8Rue Grande Allée E becomes Rue St-Louis here.
62.1Turn left on Rue Ste.-Ursule.
62.4At the corner of Rue Ste.-Ursule and Rue Dauphine is your destination, Auberge Internationale de Québec.

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