Updated: December 2017
Quebec City Ferry - Quebec City to Levis:Quebec City is a beautiful place with the St. Lawrence river running alongside. The best way to view the city skyline is to get out on the river. There is one main cruise terminal at the waterfront, but make sure you know what you are doing before buying tickets. In all the guidebooks I had read they mentioned a basic ferry crossing to Levis for $3 or so. When I went down to the waterfront I went to the most obvious spot I could find that was selling tickets and tried to purchase a ferry crossing for myself, my wife, and 2 kids. When the lady behind the counter said it would cost $75 I was floored. After a few minutes of clarification, I was in the wrong place and she directed me to the Levis ferry building just up the road where the tickets were much cheaper. She was selling tickets to a river cruise which lasted 1 1/2 hours and was more thorough. The boat had a big line for it, so I'm sure those lunch and dinner river cruises are probably worth it. I, however, just wanted to get a vantage point on the river for some photos with my family and didn't want to spend that kind of money.
One of the major buildings that you will want to photograph from the river is the Chateau Frontenac - a hotel that is part of the Fairmont collection. This hotel resembles a castle that stands amongst the smaller buildings in the upper and lower regions of Old Quebec. The ferries start running in the early morning and go well past midnight during the longer summer evenings. The wait is minimal as they head out every 20 to 30 minutes. We waited roughly 10 minutes before the boat took off and the ride itself last barely 10 minutes from side to side of the river. That is just enough time, though, to take some great pictures of the Old Quebec city skyline and riverfront area. The ferry takes cars, bikes and foot passengers. You can get out on the Levis side of the river, however we choose just to go back and forth without disembarking the ferry. My kids enjoyed the trip - if you can even call it a trip. I don't think we could have managed the 90 minute river cruise as my children may have gotten bored. The short ferry ride was just enough of a diversion and it felt good being on the water since the temperatures were near 90 degrees with high humidity.