Top Quebec Landmarks - Canada

Top Quebec Landmarks – Canada

Old Quebec

Be sure to visit Old Quebec and you will understand why UNESCO awarded this place the title of a World Heritage Site! Old Quebec is a real emerald in the necklace of Canadian cities. Narrow cobbled streets from the 17th century, stone houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, stunning centenary parks and a grandiose 17th century square, as well as many other historical sites.

First of all, take a trip to the hotel” Chateau Frontenac” (the most photographed attraction in Quebec), admire its architecture and history of this place.

Friendly atmosphere, friendly locals and almost European charm. You will find horse-drawn carriages, street performers, singers and artists here, you will especially like the art gallery of Old Quebec, the gallery is located in the open air.

Old Quebec
Old Quebec, Quebec Landmarks

Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada

Why travel to China when you can find the great wall right in Quebec! Quebec is the most fortified city in North America north of Mexico, with about 4.6 km of walled cities , it is one of the most atmospheric attractions in Quebec.

Discover the beautiful cityscapes and be sure to see Quebec’s defenses designed by French and English engineers.

Cannons, dungeons, star-shaped citadels, artillery park and fortresses are part of this outstanding city!

Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada
Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada

Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

The oldest historic landmark in Quebec and the oldest church in Canada and the United States, all are the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral. The church is the seat of the Archbishop of Quebec, it is located in the historic district of Old Quebec, adjacent to the Seminary of Quebec, opposite the Quebec City Hall. Recognized as a Historic Monument of Canada.

The history of the church goes back to 1647, when it was founded, in 1759 it was subjected to a fierce bombardment by the British army, but the most significant date in the history of the church is 1874, when Pius X, the Pope of Rome, erected the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral to the rank of a minor Basilica .

Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral
Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

Quebec City Old Port

One of the most charming areas of Quebec is the Old Port, which is the oldest port in Canada and the second largest after the Port of Montreal.

In the 19th century, Quebec’s port was one of the most important in the world. He played a huge role in the development of both the city and the whole of Canada. For example, in 1863 alone, more than 1600 ships passed through the port, it was during this era that the city grew significantly. Now, merchant ships are unloading up the St. Lawrence River, and huge transatlantic cruise liners dock in the old port, bringing thousands of tourists at a time, instead of small ships of the 17-18th centuries.

The old port, an ideal place to start a tour of Quebec, offers excellent views of the city from the cruise ship, including the main attraction of Quebec, the Château Frontenac hotel.

Quebec City Old Port
Quebec City Old Port,Quebec Landmarks

La Citadelle de Québec

The Citadelle of Quebec is a massive star-shaped fort overlooking the St. Lawrence River at Cap Diamant. Although the Citadelle has never fought, it is home to some 200 members of the Royal Canadian Army, an all-French-speaking battalion in the Canadian Forces. La Citadelle de Québec is the largest fortification in North America, where troops are still serving.

La Citadelle de Québec
La Citadelle de Québec, Quebec Landmarks

Place Royale Québec

Set aside some of your time in Quebec to Place Royale, where Samuel de Champlain founded his first home in 1608. Petit-Champlain is a lovely street to walk. It is rightly considered the best street in Canada, the streets of the old city are beautiful. Petit-Champlain is considered one of the oldest streets in North America. This street is full of restaurants for all tastes, which are filled with tourists day and night, there are many boutiques for the delight of shopaholics.

Place Royale Québec
Place Royale Québec, Québec Landmarks

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

For many, the Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré has been a “place of miracles” for the past 350 years. This temple is worth your visit, regardless of your beliefs.

The basilica is the oldest in North America and attracts nearly a million visitors a year. The very peak of the pilgrimage is July 26, St. Anne’s Day. The temple was erected in 1620 by Breton sailors who survived a shipwreck on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

Miracles still happen here. At the entrance to the church, you can see a huge number of crutches and walking sticks. Each item was left behind by a pilgrim who was healed in the monastery.

Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

Jacques-Cartier National Park

The impressive Jacques-Cartier River flows through a deep gorge, surrounded by sheer cliffs soaring up to 550m in height!

Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and camping are all available activities in exciting surroundings, it comes as no surprise that the Jacques-Cartier region is a renowned holiday destination around Quebec and Quebec’s most beautiful attraction. (more…)