Our Sunday didn’t dawn as bright and sunny as the rest of this last week has been. But still, undeterred by a bit of cloud-cover, we decided as it was cool, and somewhat overcast, this would be the perfect day to take the ferry across the mighty St. Lawrence river to… well, of course, the other side.
The other side being the city of Lévis. The historic twin to Québec City. The truth is, there’s not a great deal to see in Lévis, but the whole point of the trip is not to actually visit poor Lévis. But to enjoy the five minute crossing while … yes, of course, taking pictures of Québec City. This river crossing is, for some, the highlight of their visit to the city, because of the views afforded passengers.
As you pull away from the quay side in Old Québec, you are gifted a view of the old quarter, citadel, and much of the water front. Which is, in fact, dominated by one world-famous, most photographed building (according to the Guinness book of Records) the glorious Chateau Frontenac!
This hotel is big, I mean BIG on a very large scale, as you will see when you look at the photos below. This single hotel commands everyone’s attention. And even the two cruise ships quay side, look a little dwarfed. The Chateau does that.
Of course, while we took a morning crossing to the other side, a lot of tourists probably do the trip in the evenings—for obvious reasons. The whole of Québec City, lit up, at night, is a wondrous sight to behold. As yes, I promise at some point, we will return to do a night crossing, and show photographic evidence: and see all the pretty lights.
But for now, here are a few sights to see while crossing to the south shore, and what to find in Lévis; the newly renovated waterfront is very family friendly, and there are several kilometres of bike paths for those hearty enough to tackle the steep hills.
For us, it was a couple of hours of walking, followed by a lunch of barbecue pulled pork at Barbacoa. And then, the ferry back to Québec City.