Quartier du Petit Champlain in Québec, Canada
Photo credit: @pierre.an.dre
Quartier du Petit Champlain is a small commercial zone nestled at the foot of Cap Diamant, in the shadow of Château Frontenac, just a stone’s throw from Place Royale and the St. Lawrence River, in Québec, Canada.
In French it is referred to as a quartier (neighbourhood) although it is not an official one recognized by the City. It is named after Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec City in 1608.
Sitting on the southeast edge of Old Québec, this picture-perfect neighbourhood, resembling a quaint riverside village, is the oldest shopping district in North America, with narrow alleyways lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques and bistros.
Its iconic main street, the Rue du Petit-Champlain, was named the most beautiful pedestrian street in Canada in 2014. During the winter months, more than 15,000 lightbulbs zigzag between buildings, lighting the streetscape.
All year-round, visitors are enchanted by the romantic European atmosphere of this quaint neighbourhood, site of the Québec's first port, and can see here some of the colony's first houses.
One of the neighborhood's houses belonged to Louis Jolliet, the French Canadian explorer credited with discovering the Mississippi River.
here’s to all the places we will see in 2019; to spending more time laughing with the locals than we do hunting Instagram locations; to opening ourselves up to all the ways in which experiencing this world can change us— as terrifying as that may be ✈️✨
This is what a lot of our weekday summer nights look like. This spot is a 15 minute drive from our house where we get to BBQ on the beach, catch up with friends and spend the evening outside. Andy also freestyle jet skis (and I try). We don't live close to the mountains or the ocean. But we do have a lot of local gems. So I urge you to find yours. Find places where you can enjoy some staycations.
They're great when you're trying to save for a trip, a van build, school, a house or whatever goals you've laid out for yourself. Everyone is in different positions but I know mine includes a delicate balance of work and getting outdoors or abroad as much as possible. And staycations help me get there!
The Valley of Ten Peaks is on the backside of the iconic Moraine Lake, Alberta. Since there is limited parking to get into Moraine Lake, you need to get there by 6am for a guaranteed spot. I mean who can blame us, when there's views like this with multiple hiking routes 😍⛰️😍⛰️