Last year I went to San Diego Comic Con. While it was tonnes of fun, I had a revelation - I had officially now been to more locations in the USA than I had of my own beautiful country, Canada. And so I vowed to myself that within the next decade, I would visit at least one city in each province and territory in Canada.* Bonus points for those locations with some sort of historical significance.
The first stop on my travels across Canada was somewhere that I have actually been to before, but not since I was about 13 years old: the beautiful Quebec City.
In the eighth grade, our class trip was to Quebec City. And the only things that I can really remember about the trip was eating tourtiere and seeing the house that inspired the Addams Family house from the classic TV show. Sadly, my brain didn’t retain any of the historical awesomeness that it saw while in Quebec City. And so, over this past Victoria Day weekend, I went with a small group of girls to revisit this lovely city.
And do you know what we discovered? That yes, there really is A LOT of historical awesomeness there.
What a lot of people don’t really understand is that although Canada is a young country, there has been a lot of stuff that has happened in that time that is integral to making Canada what it is today. When I was in Quebec City for the first time as a 13-year-old, I didn't appreciate this. This time, I went with every intention of go traipsing about the history that I found there - old military forts from the late 1700’s, old churches, the Plains of Abraham, the Lower City, ah! So lovely!
The thing that will stick out most in my memory, I think, is going to visit the Plains of Abraham. Here is the location of one of the historical events that caused Canada to become what it is today - this is where the Battle of the Plains of Abraham happened. You know, that less-than-15-minutes battle in 1759 during the Seven Years War between the English and French that determined that Canada was going to be a British colony; where both English (Wolfe) and French (Montcalm) generals were mortally wounded, along with about 650 troops on both sides. If this battle had gone the other way, Canada could have been a France colony instead of a British one - it would’ve completely changed our history! The location of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham has been converted into a national urban park (The Battlefields Park).
If you’ve never been to this city, you really ought to. It’s utterly gorgeous: buildings from the 1700’s, buskers on every street corner (playing songs like Que Sera Sera), coffee shops and pubs in an abundance, cobblestone streets, all so lovely! I’ve also been told that it is one of the most European-looking places that you are going to find outside of Europe (though as I’ve never been, I can’t really say how true that is).
This was definitely a very positive first excursion on my plan to visit every province and territory in Canada, and I have to say that I am happy that I had the opportunity to go back to Quebec.
Next year? I think I need to see the lovely Newfoundland. L’Anse aux Meadows is calling to me.
* I don’t actually like the whole TRAVEL part of going to visit places. I’m a very anxious person, and going somewhere I don’t know well makes for not a happy Courtney. So giving me a decade allows me the time that I will need to gather up my courage and actually get this goal accomplished.
Also, if you want to see more of my photographs from Quebec, they can be found here.
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