Place-Royale et le Vieux-Port | Credit:  Claudel Huot
Credit: Claudel Huot

Old Port

Québec City's Old Port has always been a hive of activity, from its heyday in the 19th century as one of the world's five biggest ports to its status today as a popular cruise destination.

The new and improved port is now a favorite spot for both tourists and locals to relax.

You'll love the charm of rue Saint-Paul, with its inviting antique shopsart galleries, and sidewalk cafés.

And just around the corner is Musée de la civilisation, where fascinating exhibits and interactive workshops await.

Place Royale | Credit:  Audet Photo
Credit: Audet Photo

Place Royale

A visit to place Royale is like a step back in time to the early days of New France. It was here that Samuel de Champlain founded his “abitation” in 1608.

Learn all about this cradle of French civilization in North America at musée de la place-Royale. Admire historic Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the oldest stone church in North America (1688). And don't miss the immense fresque des Québécois, which retraces 400 years of the city's history.

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