Fly To Québec City, Canada
This charming old world French-speaking city has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of the ancient wall that surrounds it and its maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with charming bistro’s that one can explore on horse drawn carts. In fact, Quebec City is the oldest surviving walled city on the continent and the city itself was the first European settlement, called La Nouvelle France in the 16th Century.
Quebec City’s history smacks of adventure, wars and great explorations and its cuisine is legendary. The people who live here are of French descent, but almost a third of them can speak both English and French fluently. Québécois have an infectious love of life and in summer, the entire town comes alive with various festivals that give residents a chance to enjoy themselves and have fun, and visitors the opportunity to take part.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Quebec do need a Visa for Canada. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African diplomatic mission to Montreal is the South African High Commission in Ottawa, Ontario. 15 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 1M8. Phone: + 1 613 744 0330. Website: southafrica-canada.ca.
See and do
The entire Upper Town is walled and is located on top of Cap Diamant, overlooking the place where the St Lawrence River narrows. At the foot of the Cap Diamant one finds the Lower Town, which was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. Today visitors step back in time when they explore the cobbled streets in the meticulously restored Place Royale, where famous French explorer Samuel de Champlain built his home away from home.
Explore the war-soaked Citadel, the exquisite golden interior of the Notre Dame de Quebec Cathedral then end your sightseeing with a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk. If you’re in the mood for some shopping, why not head for Rue St Paul, home to a number of excellent antique dealers, or visit the fur stores in Lower Town. Then in Upper Town you can wend your way along the winding Cote de la Fabrique to La Maison Simons, Quebec’s oldest department store, or explore the little alleyway in Rue de Tresor, which is full of shops selling local art and souvenirs of the city.
Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport – YQB
Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (code YQB) is located 11km from downtown. It is the second busiest airport in Quebec after Montreal-Trudeau Airport. The airport terminal building has a capacity for 1.4 million passengers a year. RTC Bus 78 provides transfers to and from Quebec City Airport. Free Wi-Fi is offered to all passengers in all sections of the terminal.
Food and beverage: Aerobar, Bar Altitude, Tim Hortons, Restaurant Altitude.
Currency Exchange: ICE – International Currency Exchange and Scotiabank ATMs.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Quebec City Airport Lost & Found on 418 6403300, or visit the Terminal Information Booth near International Arrivals.
Airport Hotels: Auberge Place D’Armes, Comfort Inn Airport, Hotel and Suites Normandin, Hotel ALT, Hotel and Suites Le Dauphin, Hotel Le Priori.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo.