Québec, founded in the early 1700’s by the French, is the only city in North America to be surrounded by walls.
The Historic District of Old Québec is filled with history as it was an important city for the original European settlers. It is separated into the Upper Town that is up on the cliffs and the Lower Town at the base.
There is much to discover here for visitors to enjoy who love history and appreciate the beauty of ancient architecture.
The Upper Town
The Upper Town in the Historic District of Old Québec sits up on the cliffs where one can look out across the St. Lawrence River to the country surrounding the city. This area is full of churches and monuments that have not changed much over the last few centuries. The Citadel is located in the Upper Town along with the iconic Chateau Frontenac, a hotel that was first built in the late 1800’s primarily for railroad workers.
The Citadel, built in the early 1800’s, is well-known for its star-shape. This fortress is open to visitors today to give them a chance to step back in time and see how the colonials planned to defend their city.
Designed in typical British architecture of the time, there are many buildings within the Citadel to explore and artifacts to admire.
Old Town, Old Port
Located at the bottom of the cliffs, taking a stroll through the Lower Town gives visitors a first-hand experience of the ancient buildings and streets that were built long ago.
The Old Port is in the Lower Town which is a great place to enjoy a walk along the river or to visit the Public Market that is located in the area.
Plains of Abraham
The Plains of Abraham is within a very popular park that is a great place to get together with a group of people. This park is very large and some even compare it to Central Park that is in New York City.
A lot of history has happened here, however, that makes this park much more interesting. This is where the French lost in a battle to the British, forever losing their claim to the empire in America.