It is a beautiful city...
and all sorts of great public art nestled between the buildings
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and on buildings
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and more cannons than you can shake a stick at
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cool pics, love the art work all over the city... great place to explore on bikes due to the extensive network of bike paths...
some handy info...
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Last edited by singlesprocket; 05-19-2009 at 05:39 AM.
It has a much more European approach to public liability too. A sign indicating that you're pretty much on your own if you do something stupid, rather than putting a 6' chainlink fence around it.
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It is one of the most bike friendly places I've been to, likely a bit ahead of Portland Oregon. I didn't get a picture of it, but when I was there last summer, there was some older dude zipping around old Quebec City on an electric assist bike, the guy was flying up the hills. The first time I saw him it looked like panniers, but when I saw him go up a hill without his legs in a blur I figured out there was some technical magic at play.
Did I mention the cannons...
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Quebec City is magnificent. I only spent a day there, and would not mind going back.
You get a real sense of age and history, especially when the stone in the fort walls is developing stalactites...
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...and did I mention cannons? They have a nifty artillery museum
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They also have the véloroute Marie-Hélène Prémont which connects the eastern side of Quebec City with the communities 55km east. It's a real off-the-highway bike route that takes you out past Mont Sainte Anne. You can ride out to the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.
Do you suppose the GTA might name a bike route after Emily Batty if she does as well in World Cup races as Prémont has?
My impression was that there's more awareness and interest in fitness and the outdoors in that area around Quebec City and east toward Mont Sainte Anne.
Last edited by rockyuphill; 05-19-2009 at 08:13 AM.
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I live in Quebec city, I see 50% of the things you have pics of everyday when i go to school Glad to hear that you liked it. I don,t know how long you will stay but my club is organizing a race at mont-saint-anne on may 31st, we are gonna prepare the trail on may 24. I agree with rocky, you should do the véloroute marie-hélène prémont, i train there almost every day and it's never boring. you can try to climb all the 574 stairs of the chute montmorency with your bike on the shoulder, loads of fun... You could also do a lap of the ile d'orléans, it is very nice but it is 74km and if you wait after noon to do it the wind will kill you, i did it last week, 1 hour to do half of it, 2.5 hours to do the rest with wind in my face. if you follow the Véloroute, going from the chutes montmorency to MSA is aproximatly 40km but the wind is helping you.
P.S. if you decide to go down from the véloroute to the boulevard saint-anne by the Côte de l'église, don't go faster than 60km/h unless you want to slip on some sand and stay 3 weeks in an hospital...
Yup, Quebec City is an incredible place to visit. One of my faves.
Thanks for sharing all the pics! If I knew how to post them, I would ad a few of my own of Old Quebec City. Just a gorgeous place!
Last edited by racergurl; 05-19-2009 at 04:25 PM.
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we will be back to mount saint anne for downhilling in the fall. we rode the trails there on sunday. i was surprised by the number of tree's down and the amount of moose tracks/poop.
across from the hotel we stayed at http://www.oricom.ca/belley/ ($95 a night, really nice room) we kept seeing this cool electric public bus you can ride for free (great concept)
and a fitting last picture
When you live in Vancouver it's easy to forget that most places in Canada have to sand the roads in the winter and it usually takes until July for it get cleaned up again.
Originally Posted by Zakarina