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Take a step back in time and visit the only walled city north of Mexico. See the narrow, cobbled streets, the historic buildings and unique ambiance of Quebec City. Street corners and winding alleys offer pleasant surprises for all!
Browse the streets of Old Quebec City (Vieux Quebec), proclaimed "World Heritage Treasure" by UNESCO in 1985. Place Royale and the National Assembly will provide insight into a rich past, which blends with the daily life of this charming city. Stop at historic building such as: the Plains of Abraham - site of the decisive and final battle between the armies of Montcalm and Wolfe, and Le Petit Champlain - the oldest commercial street in North America.
Tour the "Petit-Champlain" district. Boutiques, artists, craftsmen (such as glassblowers, designers, jewelers) await your discovery in a charming setting of narrow cobblestone streets, winding staircases and a number of shops built along the side of a cliff face.
You will walk along "Rue Saint-Paul" in the Quebec City old port district. The street is well known to antique collectors for its many antique shops, but also offers a variety of boutiques, art galleries and French coffee shops. It's easy to loose track of time as you discover one treasure after another. You will also enjoy touring and exploring Place Royale - the birthplace of French civilization in North America and one of the oldest settlements on the continent. The architecture and narrow streets bring back four centuries of history.
While arriving in the Old Port, you can board the Louis-Jolliet for a cruise and discover the city with another point of view. Along with a professional guide, discover the bucolic charm of Île d' Orleans. View the port installations on both shores of the St. Lawrence and cruise beneath the prestigious Château Frontenac, perched atop Cap Diamant, with the majestic Laurentian Mountains in the background.
Discover the Quartier Petit-Champlain, the oldest commercial shopping district in North America. More than 50 boutiques of all kinds and represented. Liveliness and artistic style of its streets have been acknowledged.
Located just 15 minutes from Quebec City, the Montmorency Falls are renowned for its impressive 272-foot- high waterfalls. A cable car ride down will allow you to admire the St. Lawrence River, l'Ile d'Orleans and the city all in plain view. Don't forget to bring your camera! the photo opportunities will be spectacular!
Located atop Cap Diamant, the Citadelle constitutes the eastern flank of Quebec's fortifications. Inspired by it, romantic writers have called Quebec the "Gibraltar of America". In 1820, the construction of the Citadelle began; and it lasted for more than 30 years. The star-shaped plan of the Citadelle is characteristic of Vauban fortifications. The continued presence of the Royal 22e Regiment at the Citadelle since 1920 makes it the largest fortified group of buildings still occupied by troops in North America. You will also have the opportunity to see the impressive presentation of the Changing of the Guard...
The Royal 22e Régiment Museum is located on the site of the famous Citadelle of Quebec Since its foundation in 1950, the Museum makes you discover a wide collection covering more than 300 years of military history in Canada and overseas. The main part of the museum's collection is dedicated to the history of the Royal 22e Régiment from the start of WWI to today.
Another part of the museum will allow you to see many artifacts from the French and British Regime period comprising replicas of ancient uniforms, the Croix de Saint-Louis, the sword of Chaussegros de Léry, letters and documents signed by Montcalm and Murray, duel pistols, medals, drawings, weapons as well as handwritten notes testifying of the importance of the military life of the past.
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