Fresque des Québécois

Québec City

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 Québec and Lyon in France. Samuel de Champlain stands jauntily in the center of the scene, flanked by kids playing hockey, while Jacques Cartier peeks out through a 3rd-story window. The rest of the characters are famous Québécois writers, artists and religious figures. Step up to the wall and join them!

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Québec City attractions

1. Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires

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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…

2. Frontenac Kiosk

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

3. 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…

5. Lorne Kiosk

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An entrance to the St-Louis Forts & Châteaux National Historic Site.

6. Le Quartier Petit-Champlain

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Arguably the city's most picturesque district, this area sandwiched between the Old Upper Town and the waterfront has Québec City’s most intriguing…

7. Musée de la Civilisation

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This world-class museum wows even before you’ve clapped your eyes on the exhibits. It is a fascinating mix of modern design that incorporates preexisting…

8. Le Château Frontenac

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Reputedly the world's most photographed hotel, this audaciously elegant structure was opened in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railway as part of its chain…