Old Town Quebec Funicular
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel
We accepted the Westjet flights, which delayed our departure and added a short layover in Edmonton. The snowy runway in Toronto caused the plane to lurch as we landed, but the pilot kept us on the runway. It’s crazy how hard it was to find the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel when it’s actually joined to the airport terminal. Previously we planned to arrive in Toronto at midnight for our overnight stay. With the flight changes, we arrived at 6:30 am. Everyone else was checking out as we checked in. After a solid 5 hour sleep in a lovely room, we took the tram from the hotel directly to our Air Canada departure gate for Quebec.
Quebec Christmas Markets, City Hall Parade
Arrival at the Quebec Christmas Markets
Our flight from Toronto to Quebec was calm and sunny until the landing. Snow and low cloud obscured the runway, but the visibility was just good enough to land. Our cab ride from the airport to the old town ended up being magical. We passed the legislature and drove through the city wall at the St Louis Gate as large snowflakes drifted down over a carpet of snow lit by the street lights at dusk. Next we drove down along the famous Rue Saint-Louis to the Clarendon Hotel. The snow and the European ambiance already made the weekend feel like a success.
City Hall, Quebec Christmas Markets
Quebec Christmas Markets – Clarendon Hotel
The Clarendon Hotel was a perfect home base for our Quebec Christmas Markets weekend. Although it’s one of the oldest hotels in the old town, it has been remodelled beautifully. Our windows looked out at the lights of the Christmas Markets right across the street. Behind the markets, City Hall also provided Christmas lighting. We immediately headed out in the snow, visiting the markets at City Hall, Rue St Anne and at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. All of these markets are just a few minutes apart on foot.
Fairmont Le Chateaux Frontenac
That evening we had seafood at the Clarendon Hotel followed by dessert at the Christmas Market. We enjoyed the Clarendon restaurant so much that we ate all our evening meals there. I especially enjoyed their seafood chowder and bread. We skipped out on the option for traditional Quebec fare at the nearby Restaurant La Buche, though we did hear great things about it.
Each morning our Gate1 Travel booking included breakfast. One option was bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns and toast. The other option was yoghurt, fruit, hardboiled egg, a croissant and banana bread. Both were great options and both included orange juice and coffee.