Canada – Quebec City an Overview - Orlando / Florida Guide
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The crown jewel of the French part of Canada is undoubtedly Québec City. It is one of North America’s oldest and most outstanding settlements. Its attractive Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a living museum of narrow cobblestone streets, 17th and 18th century houses and tall church spires. Finally it has the splendid Château Frontenac towering above it all. There is more than just a hint of Old Europe with all its classic bistros and sidewalk cafes.
The main attraction in this beautiful city is the Old part of Quebec. It is considered as one of the world’s 20 most romantic destinations and is as pleasant to tour on foot as it is in a horse-drawn carriage. It bustles with activity in the summer, it’s full of colour in the fall, is enchanting in the winter and blossoming every spring. The old city will impress you with its history, culture, flair and European charm.
Surrounding Old Quebec are the fortifications which are nearly 3 miles long. If you walk along the top of these stone walls you can learn a lot about Quebec’s military past. You can see how its defensive position was used under the French and English regimes. Must see places also include the Citadel and Artillery Park with its cannons. One place that it is worth taking a walk along is the Dufferin Terrace. This is at the top of Cap Diamant and looks out over the St Lawrence River far below.
Visiting Place Royale is like taking a journey back to the founding of New France in 1608. Here you can learn about the cradle of French civilization in North America. You also need to visit the Museum de la Place Royal and the oldest stone church on the continent. Next you should stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Quartier Petit-Champlain. This is a district with many fancy shops, art galleries and restaurants. You will also not want to pass up the chance to stroll along rue du Petit-Champlain which has been voted Canada’s most beautiful pedestrian street. Another important historical site is the Parliament Building.
The broad St. Lawrence River is a major Canadian navigational route. This can be seen from the thriving maritime shipping trade and increasing number of cruise ships docking at the port of Quebec. The area boasts a farmer’s market, parks, a bike path and outdoor shows. You can ride a bike, go inline skating or take a walk along the promenade Samuel de Champlain, which stretches for almost 1. 6miles on the bank of the St. Lawrence.
The Quebec Region has a proud religious heritage and each local church has its own treasures and history. The most notable churches in the area include the Sainte Anne de Beaupre Basilica, the Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica Cathedral and Notre-Dame des Victoires church.
The Plains of Abraham is one of the most prestigious city parks. It was created over 100 years ago and is Canada’s first national historic park. The many trees and vast green spaces make the Plains of Abraham the perfect place to have some fun outdoors. As you tour the park you will come across the information panels which are very useful.
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