Old Quebec: a journey into history and culture

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Discover Old Quebec! Learn more about the rich history and culture of this Canadian city. With its well-preserved Old Town, founded by Europeans in the 17th century, Quebec is a true treasure for history and culture lovers alike.

Travel back in time as you stroll along the ancient streets and admire the old buildings. From the citadel to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, there is so much to discover here.

But it's not just about history - Quebec's culture is just as fascinating. Experience the unique mix of French and North American culture. From the cafes and restaurants serving French delicacies to the festivals and events, there is something for everyone to enjoy here.

Join us on a journey into the past and experience the history and culture of the old city of Quebec.



The old town of Quebec

Vieux-Québec, the old town of Quebec, is the historic core of the city. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 and is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The old town is divided into two main areas: the upper town (Haute-Ville) and the lower town (Basse-Ville).

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Historical significance of Quebec's Old Town

Old Quebec has one History, which dates back to the 17th century. Founded by Samuel de Champlain, an explorer from France, it was an important fortress and trading post during the French colonial empire in North America. In 1759 the city was conquered by the British, leading to a significant turning point in history. To this day, however, you can still feel the flair of savoir-vivre that the French brought with them to America. History gave rise to a city in which the influences of two colonial powers can still be felt today. Take a walk through the historic streets and let the ambience of both cultures take effect on you.


Chateau Frontenac
Chateau Frontenac


Architectural highlights of Old Quebec

The architecture in Old Quebec is impressive and diverse. In the upper town you'll find well-preserved French-style buildings, while the lower town features a mix of French and North American architecture. The highlights include this Chateau Frontenac, which is considered the city's landmark, and the city walls that surround the old town.


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In Quebec City, buildings such as the Ursuline Convent, the Séminaire du Québec and the Ste Cathedral tell the story. Trinity their own stories. The Ursuline convent is reminiscent of the French colonial period, when nuns came from France to teach the daughters of the colonists and later also girls from the Indian tribes. This monastery represents the beginnings of education in Quebec and reflects the cultural exchange between the French and the indigenous people.

Not far away, near the town hall, is the Séminaire du Québec. This building, the first to offer higher education in Quebec, is a symbol of French educational policy in the New World. Originally intended for the training of priests, it now stands as a reminder of the beginnings of education in the city.


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The Cathedral of Ste. As an Anglican cathedral, Trinité differs significantly from the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica. It simply stands a little apart in a quiet park. It represents the profound change that accompanied the British takeover. Even today it still stands in the shadow of the magnificent Catholic basilica, which is just a few street corners away.


Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec
Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec


Cultural attractions in Old Quebec

Old Quebec offers a variety of cultural attractions that delight visitors. The Basilica of Our Lady of Quebec is an example of sacred architecture and houses valuable works of art. The Musée de la civilization offers insights into the history and culture of the region. There are also many galleries, theaters and craft shops that enrich the city's cultural life.


Quebec cuisine
Quebec cuisine


Exploring local cuisine in Old Quebec

The Cuisine of Quebec is known as much for its French influences as for its diversity. In the old town you will find a wealth of cafes and Restaurants serving traditional French dishes as well as local specialties. Be sure to try it poutine, a mixture of fries, cheese and sauce. Also enjoy fresh fish and seafood, which are plentiful in the region.

Restaurants in Old Quebec serving Quebec specialties

The Continental: Located at 26 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec City, this restaurant is known for its classic French cuisine and table-side flambéing.

Chez Muffy: Located at 10 Rue Saint-Antoine, this restaurant is known for its seasonal dishes made with local ingredients. It also offers a cozy atmosphere in a historic riverside warehouse.

Restaurant Legende: Located at 255 Rue Saint-Paul, this restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Quebec cuisine with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients.


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Outdoor activities in Old Quebec

Old Quebec also offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. Take a stroll along the Governor's Promenade, which skirts the city walls and overlooks the St. Lawrence River. In winter you can even ice skate on the frozen river or ski at a nearby ski resort.


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Best photo spots in Quebec City

With its historic city center, Quebec City offers a number of locations that are particularly suitable for photos. Our top photo stops in Quebec City are:

  • Chateau Frontenac – The majestic hotel is the landmark of Quebec City and offers spectacular photo opportunities with its imposing architecture and dominant location over the city.
  • Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) – The UNESCO-listed old town with its narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings and European flair is perfect for atmospheric shots.
  • Dufferin Terrace – This observation deck offers beautiful views of the Saint Lawrence River and Château Frontenac, ideal for panoramic city views.
  • Montmorency Falls - The Waterfalls, which are higher than Niagara Falls and located just outside of Quebec City, make a spectacular backdrop for nature photography.
  • Little Champlain – The charming district is known for its boutiques and cafés and in winter it transforms into a winter wonderland that is particularly photogenic.

Festivals and events in Old Quebec

Old Quebec hosts festivals and events throughout the year. In summer, for example, you can experience the Festival d'été de Québec, one of the largest music festivals in North America. Finally, in winter, the Old Town transforms into a winter wonderland with the Carnaval de Québec, a joyful celebration with parades, sleigh races and snow sculptures.

Tips for visiting Old Quebec

When visiting Old Quebec, be prepared for a lot of walking as many streets are closed to traffic. It is therefore advisable comfortable shoes to wear and prepare for changing weather conditions. One light jacket definitely belongs in the backpack. Also plan enough time to explore all the sights and cultural attractions at your leisure.

Our personal recommendations for a visit to Old Quebec

We have been to Quebec several times. Monika was initially there as a tour guide, and later the two of us were in the city as travel bloggers. We saw the old town from several perspectives. During our visits, we realized that you need time to really get to know Quebec's capital. Many visitors often only stay in the city for a day. We think that's too bad. Because there is so much to discover.

During our stays, we chose different city tours with which we explored the city. The great thing about it was that each time we saw new sides of the city that weren't apparent at first glance. Therefore, we recommend staying in Quebec City for at least two to three days and not just visiting it on a superficial walking tour. That's nice too, but you miss a lot of interesting things that are hidden behind the doors of the historic buildings. So take a look at ours too Tip for a walking tour of Quebec City that moves a little away from the usual routes.

Accommodation options in Old Quebec

There are various accommodation options for an authentic stay in Old Quebec. From Boutique hotels* to historic inns to cozy ones B & B* – you will definitely find a suitable option here. Please note, however, that accommodation in the old town is often fully booked early, especially during high season.



Conclusion: Why Old Quebec is a must-see

Old Quebec is a perfect destination for history and culture enthusiasts. With its rich history, architecture, cultural attractions, delicious cuisine and diverse outdoor activities, it offers something for everyone. Experience the unique atmosphere of Old Quebec City.

Have you ever been to Old Quebec?

How were your experiences? Have you discovered anything special? Then share it in our comments. Other travelers look forward to your recommendations.


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Do you like to travel to Quebec Canada by motorhome?

  • Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you can find information and a selection here, for example booking options.
  • Also check our packing list for camperswhether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
  • There are definitely several campsites in the Quebec City area. There is an RV park in town at the port: RV Overnight Parking, 105 Rue Abraham Martin #155, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 8N1, Canada.


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Source: own research on site. The trip took place at the invitation of Tourism Québec. However, the opinions in this article remain our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Old Quebec: a journey into history and culture

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

2 thoughts too "Old Quebec: a journey into history and culture"

  1. I had the pleasure of visiting Old Quebec and I can only agree that it is a true treasure for lovers of history and culture. It was fascinating to stroll through the old streets and admire the well-preserved buildings that tell a rich history from the 17th century. The mix of French and North American culture is truly unique and is reflected in everything from the architecture to the cuisine.

    Thanks for the great review!

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