Impressions from Chateau Frontenac in Quebec

The Chateau Frontenac towers over the St. Lawrence River in Quebec

The Chateau Frontenac in Quebec

The Hotel Chateau Frontenac is one of the most famous Quebec City Attractions. As our loyal readers among you know, we are often in Quebec, a Canadian city that we particularly love for its well-preserved historic cityscape, excellent cuisine and the many interesting places to be discovered there. One of them is the Chateau Frontenac, which towers like a castle on the Cap Diamant above the St. Lawrence River, at the point where the river widens and flows around the Ile d'Orleans. A visit to the Chateau Frontenac is already a tradition with us and is part of every stay in Quebec. Not that we really want to stay there. No, we would rather get to know new hotels so that we can introduce them to you. But sniff the history of the city a little, immerse yourself in the traditional ambience of the hotel, experience the flair of a grand hotel, there just has to be time. And we always take it. And the Chateau Frontenac delivers this to us every time.

The Chateau Frontenac
View from the MV Louis Jolliet to the Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


The Chateau Frontenac from the St. Lawrence River

The best way to see the Chateau Frontenac on a boat trip on the St. Lawrence River. The MV Louis Jolliet, which turns its rounds daily under the cliffs of Cap Diamant, passes through the harbor area of ​​Quebec and turns at the Montmorency Falls to head back into the city, offering many beautiful views of the Chateau Frontenac. The boat departs from Chouinard Pier in Quebec and offers a variety of boat cruises on the St. Lawrence River, always overlooking the Chateau Frontenac.


The Chateau Frontenac
The Chateau Frontenac from the Place d'Armes © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


The Chateau Frontenac on the Place d'Armes

However, the chateau is not only worth seeing from the river. Particularly impressive is the Chateau Frontenac of Old Quebec when you are directly in front of the Place d'Armes. Towering over the central square of the Upper Town of Quebec, it stands out with its battlements and towers, and impresses with its size alone, which dominates the entire square. Quite a few tourists seeing this for the first time are overwhelmed by it and try to capture it from all perspectives on their camera.


Boutiques at Chateau Frontenac
Boutiques and galleries on the ground floor of Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


Boutiques, galleries and shops in Chateau Frontenac

The luxury hotel is worth a visit, even if you do not stay there. On the ground floor are numerous shops and boutiques offering typical Canadian handicrafts. We always like to look at the Inuit works that are offered in various stores. There are also galleries displaying paintings by local artists, as in most Fairmont hotels in Canada. Since you can get a good overview of what is currently in the art of the region announced.


Corridors in the Chateau Frontenac
Elegance of a Grand Hotel in Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


The elegance of a grand hotel in Chateau Frontenac

One floor up you reach the lobby area, which looks very elegant with its long walls and ceilings paneled with wood. Lush floral decorations, box trees in terracotta pots, heavy wooden tables made of precious woods and decorated with mosaic stones adorn the long corridors and convey a touch of the "good old days". Here you feel transported to the times when the "white ships" transported the members of the American Haute Volée up the St. Lawrence River, and when Churchill, Roosevelt and other important representatives of the international political arena gave themselves the honor at this hotel.


Lounge in the Chateau Frontenac
In the elegant bar in the Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


A bar with a great view in Chateau Frontenac

In order to get a taste of the world of American noblesse, we always choose the bar of the Chateau Frontenac for our obligatory break on our city tour of Quebec. From there you have a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River and the offshore island of Ile d'Orleans, which we like to enjoy in the pleasant ambience of the bar. While there is also a small self-service bistro on the ground floor of the hotel, we prefer the bar's elegant vibe and freshly mixed drinks Cocktails that are served there.


Cocktails at Chateau Frontenac
Imaginative and tasty cocktails in the bar of Chateau Frontenac © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


Tastier and more imaginative than the soft drinks in a self-service restaurant are the great cocktails of the bartender in the Chateau Frontenac in any case. They are more expensive than a Coca Cola in the hotel bistro, but they make your visit to the Chateau Frontenac something special. In the bar of the luxury hotel you can take a break in the life of elegant Quebec. We do this every time we are there.

Source: own research on site with the kind support of Tourism Quebec. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Impressions from Chateau Frontenac in Quebec

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.