How do you tempt someone to join you for a vacation in Quebec City? Just mention the International Fireworks Competition that is held each summer there! It doesn't hurt to talk about the European feeling (read "romantic"), the food and the WOW factor of Canadian scenery. Do you imagine cobblestone streets, fun little shops and restaurants, street entertainers and music? Yes! The beer is excellent and the fishing and hiking too! Portugal won the fireworks competition with a superb 30 minute show set to great rock and roll music. They will be back in 2012 to defend their title.
An hour or two outside of Quebec City are huge national parks that offer gorgeous scenery and great fishing, hiking and skiing. My fisherman husband caught and released 8 beautiful rainbow trout that day.
I did not have a tripod with me so I experimented with a very high ISO on my Canon EOS 5D. Using railings and benches as a platform I got really great photographs at night with no noise to speak of. I say experiment and see what happens!!
Quebec City was so much fun that we are going back next summer for more fireworks and poutine!!