If you’ve always wanted to visit historic sites of Europe but it’s just not in your budget, satisfy your wanderlust with a visit to the colonial Historic District of Quebec City, a UNESCO world heritage site with castles, cobblestone streets, bistros and more.
With today’s excellent exchange rates you’ll be able to stretch your vacation dollar and get more for your money as you explore Old Quebec which was founded in the early 17th century.
Historic District of Old Québec
Ramparts and numerous bastions, gates and defensive works still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, which is situated on the cliff, is still the city’s religious and administrative centre, with churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac.
Combined with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, Quebec forms a historic urban collective of one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city as it moves from military history to religious history.
Things to See and Do
- Fortifications of Québec: The fortifications surrounding Old Quebec stretch for almost 3 miles. These walls are the last such defense system in North America. Walk the walls and learn more about the last fortified city of North America. Take advantage of a guided tour to get even more from the experience.
- Citadel: The Citadel is a National Historic Site situated atop Cap Diamant in Old Quebec with walls that surround 300 years of history. It has a star-shaped form and offers spectacular views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Guided tours are available year round and admission price for the Citadel also includes admission to the museum.
- Cathedral of the Holy Trinity: This cathedral was the first Anglican cathedral built outside the British Isles and is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Quebec City built between 1800 and 1804.
- Andrew’s Presbyterian Church: St. Andrew’s was built in 1810 and is the oldest English-speaking congregation of Scottish origin in Canada.
Along with these historical sites and others, be sure to stop by one or more of the city’s many museums, or get the feel of traveling back in time with a horse drawn carriage ride or take advantage of a walking tour to learn more of the city’s rich, unique history.
Along with history, the District offers fine dining and shopping along rue Saint-Jean and rue Saint-Louis, where European charm adds a bit of panache to any outing.