Quebec is a gorgeous city. warri1
make some great points. I was there in 2006, but from what I remember you really don't need public transportation at all other than perhaps the Funicular, but you could even walk that distance (and I suggest you do! although do take the Funicular at least once). Lots of nice small shops. You can also walk down by the river which is also nice.
We had the pleasure and perhaps honor of staying at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
, the iconic castle-like building everyone thinks of when they think of Quebec that is featured on postcards and keychains. It's old school but gosh is it pretty, inside and out. You can't get a better location, either.
There is this one restaurant, it looked like a cottage a bit IIRC and it's sort of in the downtown of the old city. I can't remember the name of it for the life of me but when you see it you can't miss it. Get yourself lost and maybe you'll find it, but they had the best mussels I've had in my entire life. They also had zabaione (for dessert) which was fantastic.
EDIT: I was looking at a Google map since I was intrigued, and I found it!!! It is the Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens
. It's not the cheapest of places to eat but IMHO it is without a doubt worth it. Read up on the menu first to make sure it's someplace you'd want to try -- looks like they don't have the mussels anymore.
On our second-to-last day, my father and I went skiing at Mont-Sainte-Anne
, which is only 25 miles or so outside of Quebec (we rented a car) and that was a lot of fun. That is the only mountain I know of where you can actually ski over the top and down the other side, and they have a slopeside sugar shack! (They pour boiled maple sap into these trenches filled with snow and give you a popsicle stick, and you basically make taffy out of it. It is great
I do hope to go back to Quebec someday. It's such a charming city and I had a great time. Enjoy your trip
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