Situated along Bassin Louise, Québec City's Old Port (Vieux Port) is one of the most charming parts of the city. Formerly a hub for ships carrying colonists and provisions to Québec, today the area is a major attraction for Québécois and tourists seeking out its year-round farmers market (Marché du Vieux-Port), its marina, pedestrian and bicycle paths, as well as its shops, galleries and restaurants.
Duration: 2 hours. Distance: 1.25 km (.8 miles). Languages: French, English
Meeting Place: Resto du Marche (Marché du Vieux-Port).
Participants: 6. Minimum age: 12 years
Marche du Vieux-Port - la Marina du Vieux-Port - Rue St-Paul - la Vivriere
Marché du Vieux-Port - Beginning at the Market, we'll meet for a brief introduction then commence our search for products characteristic of Québec. You'll learn about our cheeses, maple products, ice wines and ciders, fruit and vegetables from Ile d'Orleans and Lac St-Jean, and traditional dishes and pastries including tourtière, cipaille, poutine, tarte au sucre and pudding chomeur. We'll meet and speak with friendly vendors who will describe their products and answer your questions - and maybe even offer a taste. (Time approximately one hour.)
Bassin Louise - Named after Princess Louise, a daughter of Queen Victoria, the bassin today is home to Québec City's marina, locks connecting to the St. Lawrence River and well-traveled pedestrian and cyclist trails.
Rue St-Paul - Here we will find art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. Our first stop will be a gallery specializing in the work of Québec artists. Moving along the street, we will discuss the Upper and Lower parts of the city and their historical relationship. At the Buffet de l'Antiquaire we'll have a look at the menu and discuss the differences between its "formules" as well as traditional dishes, tipping customs and more.
la Vivrière - Our last stop along Rue St-Paul, la Vivrière is a monument commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. Taking the form of a figurehead at the prow of a ship, la Vivrière carries in her arms food products coming to Quebec from all the continents.