Quebec City

Quebec City has long been a destination I‘ve wanted to visit. Old Quebec, or Vieux-Québec, has a well-known reputation of rich history being the only city north of Mexico that has retained its fortified city walls.

I would further say that along with Guanajuato, Mexico, Quebec City is the most European of cities in the New World. This was, after all, the capital of New France, founded over 400 years ago.

Although initially settled in 1535 after Jacques Cartier landed, France didn’t establish a permanent city here until 1608, under the auspices of explorer Samuel de Champlain. They called it Kebec, from the Algonquian word meaning ‘the river narrows here’.

We started our tour of Quebec in Place Royale, the Old Lower Town’s main square. There is a huge mural depicting all the major players of Quebec’s history. We also heard a fiddler playing some traditional Quebec music.

After walking thoroughly through the Lower Old Town and Upper Old town, we climbed on top of the ramparts and exited through Porte St. Louis where the handsome Hotel du Parlament, Quebec’s Parliament Building, stands. Grande Alle Est led us to Battlefields Park, a gorgeous green that was once the site of a bloody battle between the English and French.

Close by is the Fine Arts Museum, which is partially located in an old restored prison. Following a look at the outstanding collection of Quebecois and Inuit art we headed over to the bohemian district of Rue St-Jean to try one of the many Quebec micro brews on offer at Bar Le Sacrilege.

We were lucky enough to visit during the Expo Quebec and have excellent couchsurfing hosts that helped us with recommendations and guiding us around the city, as well as teaching us about Quebecois culture and history.

 

mural at Place Royale

The mural at Place Royale

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NotreDame des Victoires

NotreDame des Victoires

 

Old Lower Town and funicular

Old Lower Town and funicular

Rue du Petit Champlain

Rue du Petit Champlain

art decco palais montcalm

Art Decco Palais Montcalm

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art for sale in Quebec City

Art for sale in Quebec City

Le Chateau Frontenac

Le Chateau Frontenac

Basilica Notre Dame de Quebec

Basilica Notre Dame de Quebec

public sculpture

view from the city walls

View from the city walls

On the Wall of Quebec City

On the Walls of Quebec City

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Hotel du Palement

 

view of the Hotel du Parlement

View of the Hotel du Parlement

up close at the Hotel du Parlement

Hotel du Parlement

Hotel du Parlement front door

Hotel du Parlement front door

Martello Tower 2

Martello Tower 2

martello tower

Martello Tower 1 in Battlefield Park

Battlefields Park

Battlefields Park

Battlefields Park and Matello Tower

Battlefields Park and Martello Tower

a maple

A maple tree

a park in Quebec City

Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec

Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec

sculpture behind the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec

A sculpture behind the Musee National des Beaux Arts du Quebec

a church in Quebec City

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View of Quebec City from Ile d Orleans

View of Quebec City from Ile d’ Orleans

Stephen and Juno above Old Lower Town

Above Old Lower Town

Stephen eating poutine

Eating Poutine

 

See the whole photo set of Quebec City on Flickr.