Bonjour tout le monde! [Hello everyone!] We’re the Vagabrothers And this is part three of our six video series on Quebec. In this episode we’re leaving Montreal And we’re heading to Quebec City, for Winter Carnaval. First we got a train to catch. Lets go. Bienvenue mon frere [Welcome, my brother] Put your bag down, lets go. Alright guys, well we’ve just arrived at Quebec City To our hotel, Chateau Frontenac And Wow! It’s a castle. Okay so we’ve just finished checking in to the hotel, Frontenac And now we’re walking through the Old Town of Quebec. This was the original French settlement here And it’s also the only walled city north of Mexico Which is why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the site of that fateful battle Between the English and the French. 1759 Three months siege. Culminates in fifteen minutes of fighting on the planes of Abraham. Both the French and the British General die And Quebec became part of British Canada. Anyways guys, we’re here for Carnaval. It’s a Catholic tradition that’s celebrated all around the world And it’s basically like two weeks of feasting and partying before lent: Forty days of being on your best behaviour. So we’re gonna indulge a little bit later at an “urban sugar shack” But first we’re gonna go down and check out a tradition That only happens here. Ice Canoe Racing on the St Laurence river. Which by the way is full of icebergs And almost completely frozen. So we’re gonna meet up with Felix Who is one of the organisers And we’ll learn a bit more about Ice Canoe Racing and how it got started. First of all it was a transportation mode. Then from a transportation mode to a sports competition. Really developed and really sophisticated. We are in a special river. The current changes direction four times a day And there are huge chunks of ice that are floating on the water. It’s Mother Nature who gives the most challenging part. That event is ridiculously insane. One of the coldest looking competitions too. It’s definitely cool to see. Thank God we didn’t fall on the water. We just got to watch it from a distance and stay all toasty. Congratulations to the winners, but We’re gonna head back to the centre of town Warm up a little bit and see the celebrations. Yeah, so it’s Carnaval time Go check it out. Let’s go. Well we’ve just arrived to the Winter Carnaval Fair Grounds And it looks like there’s a lot to do man. For sure, we’re actually on the plains of Abraham Which is where the big battle between The French and the English armies were back in the day. Dude, Zorbing! Oh my God! There’s Zorbs, there’s ice sculptures So we’re just gonna check out everything And see what we’re going to get in to. Welcome to the ice palace. So we’re leaving Carnaval. We’re going to the Hotel for a little sunset cocktail. We’re walking through the Old Town And this Old Town is incredible! It recently celebrated 400 years of settlement in 2008. So this town was founded in 1608 by the French. To give some perspective,1607, just a year earlier The British settlement of Jamestown was founded And a year later, 1609 Santa Fe, New Mexico was founded by the Spanish First impressions so far? Insane! Definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the Americas Without a doubt. This feels like an alpine town Somewhere in France. But then at the same time it’s not French It’s not European It’s Québécois – Canadian It’s really cool. I’m seriously digging this place. And it’s time for a cocktail Which is making my numb fingers start to tingle again Which is great! That’s like exactly what i need. This is the Old Fashioned Fairmont Its got bourbon and rum. No it doesn’t? Yeah, it does Rum?! Yeah, bourbon and rum. What? I’m right! So that was a great cocktail And this is a classic hotel It’s really an institution. When Canada built their rail-roads system in the 1800’s They constructed all these huge, magnificent hotels Alongside the railway stations So this place looks like a castle. It’s very cool. We’re super lucky to be staying here But for dinner, we’re going to a place a lot more unconventional. It’s called La Buche. It’s owned by Yannik Parent And he is a young restauranteur Who is basically doing a contemporary version Of Québécois comfort food. So, how you feeling bro? Hungry Very ready to eat. Lets go! These are our roots, it’s a typical Quebecois restaurant We’ve put our roots aside for some years There was no Quebecois restaurant in Old Quebec It’s important to make it fashionable again to help tourists understand what our grandparents’ food was like That’s La Buche, it’s like home We try to do old recipes our way, new school. So tonight we’re gonna eat rabbit wings Smoked salmon Fried meat pie Pea soup Then we’re gonna hit the main courses We have a “tourtiere” (shepherd’s pie) And we’re gonna finish you with the beer braised ham on a poutine. You can’t get out of here still hungry. Impossible! It’s middle of winter, you can always work out in spring time Drink beer Eat up Get fat, who cares I got pea soup and a cocktail that i don’t even know what it is But i just want to say, we’re being treated so well here. This is such a cool place! I feel like Quebec has many answers to the modern world’s questions Bacon Maple syrup Plaid Beards It’s all here Everyone, we just need to come to Quebec more often i think But first i have to eat this scallop Seriously, this is like “Man vs Food” I have never been so stuffed in my life But i’m not one to give up easily. Plaid on plaid on PLAID! What!? It’s time to eat this poutine. Everything we’ve eaten tonight has been covered in maple syrup Including maple syrup whiskey. Final, final dish of the night is this “sortilege.” It’s french for “sorcery.” Basically Canadian whiskey mixed with maple syrup And it’s called sorcery because it just puts a spell on you. Wooww! I love restaurants like that. I love restaurants that have extremely deep appreciation for their heritage But also they’re so in tuned With what this new generation likes. That restaurant has their finger on the pulse Of global cuisine but also their feet firmly planted In the roots of Québécois culture And that made for an exquisite dining experience. Wow! I’m pretty much speechless And i’m stuffed I think i gained a coupla pounds in one sitting Most food i’ve ever eaten without standing up and leaving But, so happy. So pleasantly plump. Guys today was amazing. Hopefully you enjoyed this video As much as we enjoyed filming it. If you did, make sure you give it a thumbs up Share it with your friends And subscribe to Vagabrothers if you have not already. In the mean time, stay curious Keep exploring And we’ll see all of you guys on the road. Until next time. Good night, Good bye!


  1. This is just a really wonderful video on Québèc. It was fun, quite thorough, interesting, thrilling and above all, very informative. I think you might ght see if the government of Québèc

  2. …….of Québèc is interested in using it in their tourism program. It is so positive. Well done you guys!

  3. This series is so cool, didn't get the chance to visit Quebec in my time in Canada, but I sure want to visit it now! ?

  4. with my eyes wide open I watched the ice canoe race. It was such an superb experience! I am so thankful for presenting such an informativ and yet interesting video! It would be nice though, if you filmed a bit more about the inside look of the castle hotel.

  5. Super video guys ! Cant wait to watch the next one, and have fun! 🙂 A la prochaine hehe, bisous from Paris

  6. This city <3 I remember going there over the summer, and each night they had a free show going on such as Le Cirque du Soleil… Such a cultural and arty city, loved it.

  7. I live and study at 2 minutes of walk form your hotel! appreciate your video, these shots are great, and glad you like the city!!

  8. The poll options at one point ask what we like in the vids and there are some choices including between Alex OR Marko in the content. Well, I for one like it when you are both there, first one, then the other, or both bouncing ideas and comments around, it's an interesting vibe and there are not so many echt bro teams out there, which you do so well. So that is my 2 cents' worth: I like content from the both of you. I could never do something like this with my brother so it is interesting to see how it works.

    Also, 'found' you when you met up with the High On Life team so collabs are always good.

  9. What a great vidéo,working in the tourism industry in Québec, that make me proud of my City, thank you guys !:)

  10. I've watched a lot of your videos and you always enjoy yourselves, but I could really tell that you genuinely fell in love with Quebec.

  11. It looks so cold there! I been to Quebec during summer, well not really summer to what I'm used to in Australia, their summer is almost like our winter lol. Really nice place to visit though. Love the buildings

  12. I've been away from home (Quebec) for almost a year and seeing you guys eating MY food is just torture, but also amazing !

  13. Love this city!! Definitely adding La Buche to my list next time I'm visiting, the food and drinks looked unreal! Love your videos, especially this Canadian series:)

  14. Ho my gosh your video makes me miss the city so much more !
    I really hope that you enjoyed your stay your videos are sick !
    Love it (Thumbs up ;))

  15. It's the mix of everything history, food … That is the most interesting
    Good job ! this series in Quebec is so cool ???

  16. New to your channel! Great videos guys. I went to Montreal for the first time last year and definitely fell in love with the city. Now you both make me want to visit Quebec City. What was the name of the last restaurant again? Thanks!

  17. "Pleasantly plump" FTW!! And the look of pure sinister glee when Alex proved he was right. Isnt Celine Dion from Quebec City?

  18. Suggestion: some more establishing shots of the restaurants you visit would be nice. Like what it looks like inside, a few more outside, give the audience a feel for where you are, at the mo it's about 90 per cent food in those sequences hahaha, which isn't a bad thing! just think it'd be better to shoot the surroundings a little more!

  19. You guys always have amazing music. would you guys mind making a vagabros play list or suggestions list.

  20. Great stuff guys, Quebec City looks absolutely gorgeous, especially cool to see it in the winter. Great to get a taste of the history as well, I hadn't known there was a war between the French and English there but that of course explains a lot. Killer drone footage.

  21. Québec is definitely one of my favourite cities in Canada. As a prairie girl, I do love that a Saskatoon tuque made a cameo in this video.

  22. Wow, this… this is spectacular. God knows how you manage to get these awesome shots of the city but they just make the video so, so much more complete in terms of showing us the true sense and vibe of this city.

  23. You guys are awesome! So respectful and understanding of our culture and history. Love you guys XXX

  24. WOW!!! Thank you for this wonderful video. Quebec City is the city where I was born and where I have the happiness to live there <3

  25. Okay, does anybody have the name for the song at 1:03. I checked out the channels in the description and couldn't find it.

  26. OMG its so nice to see you enjoying my city!!! Just find your channel on YouTube and I've been catching up on your travel videos non stop since then! Your guys are amazing! Keep it up! Vous êtes extraordinaires! ?

  27. Quebec City is very European looking in Old Town. I find Quebec City to be a very pretty city…and Montreal is like the party city of Canada, lots of night life. They are only about 3 hours apart Quebec City-Montreal by train or car, so I'd recommend see both if possible. Quebec City is very unique to North America. Negative thing tho about both cities is there Winters are harsh, lots of snow, and some pretty dam cold days of -20c or colder through out January-March in both cities, tho Quebec City is even colder and more snow then Montreal, but both cities can be harsh, summers are good weather tho!

  28. also lots of good craft beers in Montreal if you like your beer, and some other very good ones in other parts of Quebec that you could get to try at bars in both cities of Montreal and Quebec City (tho Montreal has a lot more craft beers).

  29. this video (and the one you did in mtl) makes me so proud to be Canadian. and i'm moving in quebec city in august for school, i live at 45 min from quebec right now, but i can't wait. i'm glad you liked Quebec.
    *The drinks at the Château Frontenac are so goood!?

  30. It There wasn't potatoes in the tourtières, it wasn't a real one. I m jeannois, I Know what I'm talking about.

  31. wonderful video. doing some research for my upcoming trip so THANK YOU for sharing. what song clip is played at 3:52?? i couldn't Shazam it.

  32. Your vlogs give me serious wanderlust! Love love love the production quality as well, keep up the good work 🙂

  33. Absolutely the best travel vlog I've seen so far. Quick question, since I'm planning a trip out there next April: I'm definitely hitting La Buche and would love to try that sampler platter they laid out for you. Is that on the menu or was that especially made for you guys? EDIT: I guess this question could be for anyone who sees it and has a good knowledge of their menu.

  34. Got a chance to attend a conference in Quebec City about 6 years ago – I promised then that I would go back and really tour the place. Your videos are definitely bringing me back. You guys are the best travel vloggers I’ve seen on YouTube.

  35. My University town….For 2 centuries the French people of Québec, the Québécois, resisted assimilation, fought so hard and through so much hardship to keep their language and their culture….it is now for the peoples of the world to discover and enjoy. So proud to be Québécois. Vive le Québec !
    Vive le Québec Éternel, mon Pays, mon Amour !

  36. Thank you so so much for doing justice to my City. I love it with all my heart and always thought it was very unique and special. Great video series. Please make more during the summer too !

  37. I LOVE Québec I actually just posted a video of me exploring Québec City if you want to check it out!

  38. I doubt you'll see this comment as this is an old video but thank you for this great series of vlogs on Quebec. I lived in a suburb just outside of Montreal when I was a kid, we moved to Vancouver (West coast of BC) when I was eight. The last time I was back in Quebec I was 16, I'm 48 now, and these videos have made me really want to go back and visit. Thank you so much!!

  39. Merci de faire un si bel hommage au Québec et surtout au Mile end!!!! On veut être vos amis for real. for real.

  40. I am super impressed that 2 California boys did not complain once about the cold in Quebec city. I don't mind it, but most Canadians would not have mnded you bashing our cold weather.

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