I've been going to Quebec City for many years, and Pascal's place in Montcalm felt like a revelation to me. This leafy residential neighborhood is within easy walking distance to the heart of Old Quebec, the Grande Allee and the Plains of Abraham. But Montcalm itself is a destination neighborhood. Its Cartier high street is packed with great restaurants, bakeries, groceries, coffee shops and the like. Pascal's apartment is five or six blocks away from bustling Cartier, just close enough to make a quick run to the bakery in the mornings but far away enough to be nice and quiet.
Pascal's apartment is great, too. It's the second floor of a three-story building. It's quite comfortable and spacious, and Pascal has taken pains to make sure all the stuff you need is just right. The beds are comfortable and the sheets are really soft. The kitchen has everything you need to make all your meals at home if you decide to stay in. The living room has a really great couch with plenty of floor space to have a movie night with the family. The dining room is especially spacious, if you decide to have dinner for six to eight folks. The flooring throughout is lovely old wood—a bit squeaky, true, but in a way that was charming and didn't trouble anybody's sleep.
We had three couples in here for several days, and we did just fine with the one relatively narrow bathroom, which I found to be perfectly comfortable. This isn't an over-the-top fancy apartment, but it felt really good to me. The light in the front of the apartment is fantastic. And the balcony is the perfect place to sit out on a sunny afternoon. That's world-class, babe.
Oh, by the way, the wifi internet at Pascal's place is fantastic. I had no trouble keeping up with work from Quebec, thanks to the solid connection. It's strong enough to allow for wifi-enabled video and audio calls. And there's plenty of bandwidth to allow people to all sack out watching different movies and the like. If you absolutely need solid internet service while you're in Quebec, bank on the connection here.
There's room to tandem-park two cars out back in the gravel parking area. The stairway down to the parking is enclosed, which I imagine is essential for winter-time visits to the city. Honestly, you may not need a car here. There's great bus service in every direction if you want to get downtown quickly.
Finally, I have to say something nice about Pascal. He was a GREAT host, and whenever we had a question or request, he was on it in minutes. He and his wife live right in the neighborhood, and they went all-out to take care of us. They're fluent in both French and English. And they got the little things right, including having a full can of dark-roasted coffee in the cupboard for us. Just fabulous people the whole way around.