Canada's Most Walkable City 2010: Quebec City (w/ Video)

Find out why up! magazine ranked Quebec City as the sixth Most Walkable City in Canada in 2010.

North America's most European-like city is appropriately one of its most walkable, and short of being physically unable to put one foot in front of the other, driving in the 401-year-old city (all of it a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is akin to drinking a vintage red out of a Big Gulp cup.

"It's hard to beat Old Quebec's cobblestone lanes for atmosphere," notes judge Chris Turner. The city's natural attributes—one of the coldest and wettest climates in the country—just can't stop locals from leaving the car at home and hoofing it up ancient stairs, down history-steeped paths, and along the only city wall in the Americas north of Mexico.

And if the city wasn't beguiling enough, last year's renovation for its 400th birthday opened up a citywide walking path along the previously overlooked waterfront.

Neighbourhood Walk: Upper Town

Old Quebec is a European escape without the jet lag. The Haute-Ville (Upper Town), enclosed by massive stone ramparts, is studded with history, like the Citadel, the Basilica of Notre-Dame and Chateau Frontenac with its sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River. Hidden taverns and restaurants make exploring on foot rewarding and delicious.

This story was originally published in the May 2010 issue of up! magazine as part of the Canada's Most Walkable Cities 2010 feature, profiling 10 of Canada’s most pedestrian-friendly urban centres. Take a look at more of Canada's Most Walkable Cities.


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Tom Gierasimczuk

Based in Toronto, Tom Gierasimczuk's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Globe and Mail, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and OutPost magazine.

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