If you like taking walks for your health (Yvonne and I like to keep track of our steps on our phone – to make us feel like we are actually getting enough excercise), walking the streets of Old Quebec at night can be both fun and exhilarating! Walking up and down the many streets will give you a lot of exercise as you climb one hill and then descend the next street.
The many souvenir shops sprinkled throughout the city will have you peeking in the windows at the tee shirts and novelty items on display. Some of the shirts are hilarious!
You will also see a great many art boutiques, as well as fashion stores, to give you a well rounded shopping experience. Now that cruise ships are regularly stopping in Quebec City, many vendors are prepared to offer visitors some amazing deals!
Because the temperatures in the evening can drop significantly (even in the summer), you should bring a jacket. The wind picks up as the sun descends over the horizon and you can find yourself getting chilled. But walking in the cool breezy evening is much more fun than the searing heat of the afternoon (in the summer, any other season, and you will find it chilly all day long).
Some of my favorite evenings were spent walking along the streets near the Chateau Frontenac, where many of the restaurants and bars have sidewalk tables. It is very easy to spend a lot of money by stopping at each one and having a drink. Makes for an interesting walk back to your hotel…
Couples can also take a horse drawn carriage ride around the city, with your guide telling you about some of the history of Quebec City.