Posted by: nancycurteman | May 14, 2016

Old Québec City: A Jewel in Canada’s Crown

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th-2Québec City, the capital of the Province of Québec, is the oldest city in Canada. It has its roots in Stadacona, a St. Lawrence Iroquoian Indian village explored by Jacques Cartier in 1534. These First Nations people settled the region in the 14th century. The 400 year-old city was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608 as a trading post. The center of all this history is Old Québec, a UNESCO world heritage treasure.

Old Québec is the only walled city north of Mexico. It is made for walking. The ancient streets are narrow and winding. As you stroll it’s cobblestone streets you will find it’s a living history lesson which includes heritage, art and culture.

Basse-Ville or lower town situated on the banks of the St Lawrence River harbor was the original neighborhood of the city and is filled with quaint stone buildings and historic treasures.

Place Royale is a square on the site of the garden of Champlain’s Habitation constructed in 1608.

Parc des Champs-de-Bataille preserves the grassy, cliff-top Plains of Abraham where the French lost the battle that ended their hopes for an empire in America.

Citadel is the largest British-built fortress in North America. Today it houses the Royal 22nd Regiment, the only Francophone infantry contingent of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Quartier Petit-Champlain is the oldest shopping district in North America filled with little boutiques and cozy cafes housed in restored cottages. One of the houses belonged to Louis Jolliet who discovered the Mississippi River.

Notre-Dame Basilica with its neo-Baroque interior, has stood on the same spot since 1647. It is gilded in shimmering gold leaf and contains historic religious paintings and treasures that date back to the French colonial period.

Old Québec is the historic heart of Québec City and the soul of French culture in Canada.

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