Québec City, Québec

January 9 - March 23, 2009
Old Town seen from the Citadel, looking north

Old Town and the Saint-Laurent, seen from the citadel.

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Rooftops of the "Petit Champlain" area, seen from the Terrasse Dufferin.
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Château Frontenac, the city's icon.
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Streetscape, Rue St-Louis, old town.
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Interesting architecture, old town.
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Rue St-Jean, the main artery through old town.

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Late afternoon at the Parc de l'Esplanade, old town.
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Views from the top of the fortifications at "Porte St-Jean", looking West, toward the new town (Place d'Youville).
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"Porte St-Jean", the main gate between the old and the new town. Our apartment is right behind it.
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Looking through Porte St-Jean, into the old town.
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Views from the top of the fortifications at "Porte St-Jean", looking East into old town.

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Porte St-Jean. Our apartment's windows are just above the two pedestrians' heads.
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A portion of Rue St-Jean, just outside the fortifications.
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Further East on Rue St-Jean.
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One of the main events of the winter season: the Red Bull Crashed Ice.
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People gathering for the event (about 100,000 people showed up... it was -25C!).

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This event is a downhill (!) ice-skating race...
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Competitor speeding down the track during qualifications.
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The track is built on a wooden structure through the narrow streets of old town.
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They race in heats of four, tournament style.
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Casse-cou... you'd have to be!

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The mighty St-Laurent, seen from the Citadel, looking south.
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Another view of Rue St-Jean, near the "Hotel de Ville".
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Ice climbers making money... there's no shortage of snow and ice to shovel off the roofs.
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The separatist movement is far from dead!
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The Parlement building.

 

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Rue St-Louis, very near the gate of the same name.
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View from the Citadel, looking north (Château Frontenac in the background).
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Opening ceremony for the 2009 Winter Carnaval... activities all over for 2 weeks.
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Dogsled race ("La Grande Virée") in the heart of old town. Watch a movie.
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Squatting on the skids to minimize air drag.

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Kicking hard to gain speed at the start.
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Late afternoon in Rue St-Louis.
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Snowshoeing on top of the fortifications (you can go halfway around the old city).
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The Carnaval features several snow-sculpting competitions.
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We particularly liked this entry.

 

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More snowshoeing, above the Porte St-Louis.
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Map of downtown Québec city. The red flag shows the location of our apartment.