The Quartier Petit Champlain is the most historic pedestrian street in Old Quebec. This street, in the late 17th century, was the place where artisans had their workshops. Today it is full of small craft shops with products for tourists who are looking to bring home something from its history.
Les Délices de l'Érable is located on the central Rue Saint Jean in Old Quebec. On the 1st floor there's a small museum explaining (with obvious commercial objectives) the multiple nutritional benefits of maple syrup. You can see beautiful pictures and explanatory signs, as well as some objects which are on display, how maple is produced and the sap is processed to make maple syrup, which is part of many desserts in the area. In the shop below is a tasting counter, so you can try the products for sale, and of course there's a multitude of products derived from maple ... interesting as a gift or a sweet treat before going to suffer the cold!
The National Library of Quebec (Bibliothèque Et Archives Nationales Du Québec) in Montreal has lovely, modern glass architecture so it's clear and bright inside. It's a shame that you can't take pictures inside, because the interior is quite beautiful. There are organized guided visits to explain the work of all the architects who created it. Maybe the collections aren't so interesting for tourists visiting Montreal, but if you're here long-term there's a great collection of books, CDs and DVDs, so it's well worth getting a free membership card. Plus there's free wifi!
The artillery park and the walls of the ancient citadel of Quebec can both be found a little beyond the Chateu Frontenac. These five km of walls are very well preserved and contain gardens with the slogan "I remember" in reference to the special identity of the people of Quebec. In the summer months you can see the changing of the guard in the Cuidadela. It´s very Buckingham style.
The upper area of the city of Quebec is united with the lower part by a funicular. It is true that you have to go up the stairs which are right nextto it, but honestly I recommend thatyou go up on it to find yourselves in Quebec of the late 1800s.
The native peoples of North America have not been well-treated by history, let alone by the colonizers. On my trip to Canada I had the opportunity to visit a reservation of Ferrets. If that doesn't ring a bell, they appear in "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper, in the movie of the same name. A guide explained in detail what his his life was like and showed us their huts and everyday objects and ceremonial. Then we visited a shop and dined in the restaurant. It was very good. The worst thing was that it was dark, it was raining and we could not see things in detail. I liked the visit especially to know the other side of the coin. It will certainly appeal to fans of folklore or ethnic themes.
Old Montréal is full of beautiful restaurants, museums and there's a lot of activities to do there. Really nice spot to spend a weekend with friends, have a nice meal and then finish the night beside the old port, watching the boats.
Maple syrup is one of the most popular products in Quebec. It is a traditional product families produced and consumed regularly (it could be compared with the culture that we Spaniards have with olive oil). It is common for families to have a small pot planted with maple syrup. In the center of the plantation there is a hut with emerging small tubes that connect directly to each of the maples, and, in spring, when the tree starts to produce sap, these small tubes is collected and channeled to the cabin, As I said, there's a whole culture behind this syrup, made into jams, soaps, cakes, etc ... It tastes very sweet and can be a good gift as a souvenir. They can be found in any supermarket and you can even buy it in a deli.