We had originally planned to visit the East coast with the kids this summer but due to tight scheduling and trying to cram birthday invites, wedding festivities (my little sister is getting married in 3 weeks!) BBQ’s and get-togethers, we were able to squeeze out 6 nights for our family trip, so we decided on Ottawa and Quebec City!
I’ve tried my best to put together a list of things to do, see and eat based on our itinerary. Hope you enjoy! Xoxox
If you follow me on Social Media @hautebyhuda, you know that I’m a big foodie. True to my nature, Iate pretty much anything and everything I could get my hands on this trip. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the places we ate at.
No trip is complete without a cup of freshly roasted coffee beans. Honestly I think this was my favorite cup of latte ever. The coffee bean was roasted with hazelnut and some sort of fruit mixture and it tasted divine!
Although I do not have a pic for some reason, this was our favorite brunch/breakfast place- Everything here is pretty damn good. It’s traditional Quebec cuisine, so make sure you try the crepes and sandwiches.
Great breakfast place
Best Poutine in the city
Similar to Sweet Jesus in Toronto, this divine dessert place serves soft serve ice cream and you have over 10 dips of chocolates to choose from! We went here almost every day while we were in the city. My favorite was the Hazelnut chocolate dip.
Ottawa bonus: Sash Gelato
Best hazelnut gelato I’ve had yet! They have tons of cool flavors. Must go if you’re there
SEE & DO
Walk down Petite Champlain for a true European experience: you get views of the lake and endless cobblestone paths to explore. Feels like a mini- European vacation without paying the price! Every corner of every street is filled with old- world charm, pizzerias galore, little shops with organic, handmade goodies, and live instrumental music as you walk. Quebec City has some of the best street performers (buskers) you’ll ever see, and hosts one of biggest festivals in the world in summer.
This place was awesome: a full out waterfall in the middle of the city! You take the cable car to get here, which gives you a great view of the falls and the park. You can walk down the suspension bridge across the falls and you can even zipline!
If you’re looking for a little bit of history in your QC travels, you’ll definitely want to check the fortifications that surround Quebec City. We went here to relax and take a break from shopping, eating and the big crowds.
During our trip, we also wanted some time to do nature related activities with our kids. Even though I can soak up the city for my entire stay, the kids need to run around freely, and have some non- screen time to enjoy the simpler things we did when we were kids. That’s why we chose this beautiful resort only 20 minutes from the city. We stayed there for 3 nights and we did all things nature- swimming for hours, outdoor jacuzzi, canoeing on the fresh water lake. Our kids tried out tree trekking for the first time including zip lining, and loved it! There was also an adult course, but I’m proud to say that I had one too many ice cream servings to get that active 🙂