Discover the Capital’s Old-World Charm!
Road Trips May 1, 2017 Quebecgetaways
Musée de la Civiliation de Québec, Photo credit Michel Julien

Musée de la Civiliation de Québec, Photo credit Michel Julien


Distance : 1.5km (1 mi)

It was at the foot of Cap Diamant that French civilization in North America was truly born, when Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City in 1608. Witness history by walking along the streets of the Lower Town, where you will find the Petit Champlain district, Place Royale and the Old Port of Québec.


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1. Browse Around Quartier Petit Champlain. To start, why not take a little walk through one of Québec City’s must-see attractions, Quartier Petit Champlain! This neighbourhood with a narrow pedestrian street is teeming with boutiques and bistros which have managed to keep a décor inspired by New France. At the end of the alley, the Casse-Cou or Breakneck Stairs are home to welcoming terraces, perfect for enjoying summer.

2. Place Royale. At the foot of Breakneck Stairs, turn right on Sous le Fort Street and then turn left on Notre-Dame to get to the heart of Place Royale, where Samuel de Champlain established the first settlement of New France. On this site, several attractions are worth visiting, including the Musée de la Place-Royale (museum) and the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Also during your visit, you should admire the Québécois Fresco, a trompe-l’oeil work illustrating the city’s 400 years of history.

C. Take Saint-Pierre or Dalhousie to get to the Musée de la civilisation, a place well worth stopping for. It is an immensely popular museum, the most visited in Québec City, with exhibitions featuring original themes focused on participation and interaction.

Old Port of Québec, Photo credit Claude Huot
Old Port of Québec, Photo credit Claude Huot

3. A Visit to the Old Port. After this lovely tour, why not take a well-deserved break to enjoy the flavourful dishes prepared at many restaurants and cafés on Saint-Paul Street. Then, you’ll have all the time in the world to take a stroll along the quays of the Old Port or shop at the Old Port Market. What a great way to end your walk!


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