Must see attractions in Québec City

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    Traditionally a working-class district for factory and navy employees, St-Roch has been slowly gentrifying over the past decade or so. On the main artery,…

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    Governor General's Residence

    Located within Québec's Citadelle, this is one of only two residences in the country (the other is Rideau Hall in Ottawa) where Canada's governor-general,…

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    Centre Morrin

    You'd never know from looking at it but this stately early-19th-century stone building held Canada's first modern prison before being converted into…

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    Fresque des Québécois

    An obligatory photo stop on any tour of the Old Lower Town, this whimsical multistory trompe-l'oeil mural was painted in 1998 by a group of artists from…

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    Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge

    Not far to the southwest of the Plains of Abraham lie the colorful gardens of this park, a paean to the plant world and a welcome respite from downtown…

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    Séminaire de Québec

    Founded in 1663 by Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval, New France's first bishop, and canonized in 2014 as St François de Laval, this Roman Catholic…

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    La Maison Henry-Stuart

    This handsomely preserved cottage built in 1850 by an upper-middle-class anglophone family contains period furnishings from the early 1900s. Hour-long…

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    Obsérvatoire de la Capitale

    Head 221m up to the 31st floor of the Édifice Marie-Guyart for great views of Old Québec, the St Lawrence River and (if it’s clear) even the distant…

  • Martello Tower 1

    Despite its small appearance, this defensive tower dating to 1810 on the Plains of Abraham – one of four built by the British – is jam-packed with…

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    Aquarium du Québec

    Spread across 40 hectares, Québec’s aquarium contains some 10,000 aquatic creatures, including freshwater and saltwater fish, amphibians, reptiles,…

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    Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires

    Begun in 1687 and named for French victories over the British in 1690 and 1711, this is North America's oldest stone church. It stands on the spot where…

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    Musée du Fort

    Now into its sixth decade, this minimuseum houses a 30-minute multimedia show that chronicles centuries of attacks on Québec City. It’s all played out on…

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    Musée Naval de Québec

    Perhaps not everyone's cup of cha, this small museum in the Old Port area focuses on the shipping industry here, the Canadian navy and the participation…

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    Jardin des Gouverneurs

    Overlooking the St Lawrence River is this leafy gem of a city park, with a monument to legendary generals James Wolfe and Louis-Joseph Montcalm on a…

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    Frontenac Kiosk

    An entrance to both the Fortifications of Québec and St-Louis Forts & Châteaux national historic sites.

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    Porte St-Jean

    Northernmost of the Old City's three main town gates, 'St John's Gate' was originally built in 1693 but replaced with this one in 1940.

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    Porte St-Louis

    Southernmost of the Old City's three main town gates, 'St Louis' Gate' was built at the end of the 17th century and replaced in 1878.