Discover the Historic District of Old Quebec
Are you travelling to Quebec City to experience the city’s rich cultural and diverse history? Chances are, you’ll find most of what you’re looking for in the Historic District of Old Quebec. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Canada’s most visited attractions, with centuries of cultural landmarks to explore. From museums to buildings dating back to the 17th century, you’ll find yourself immersed in Quebec City’s early beginnings. Getting around in Old Quebec City is a breeze. Public busses will get you from point A to point B the quickest. However, the best way to get around is to walk. The streets are accommodating to pedestrians, and you’ll be able to see more of the sites this way. And during your walk around the old streets, don’t forget to visit some of the renowned restaurants in the area, such as L’Entrecôte Saint-Jean and D’Orsay Restaurant.
Explore all that Historic District of Old Quebec to Offer
A great place to start discovering the rich history of this city is in the northernmost part of Old Quebec. Known as the secondary residence of the Canadian monarch, and the oldest military building in Canada, La Citadelle de Québec boasts impressive exhibitions, manicured lawns, and a host of tours. Educational workshops are held in the citadel for the children, which offer valuable information about Canadian heritage, history, and geography.
There are plenty of things to do in Quebec City, and you’re never too far from restaurants and cafes that serve a range of cuisines from around the world. Boasting an impressive variety of French dishes in an elegant setting, Le Saint-Amour Restaurant is located a ten-minute walk from the Citadel. After lunch, head to the Old Port and experience one of the city’s best public markets, and walk alongside St. Lawrence River. You might also want to stroll through Plains of Abraham, a historical area within The Battlefields Park. Once used for grazing and industrial works, this park is littered with statues relating to the battle that once took place on these grounds. While you’re in the area, visit the oldest church in Canada, Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral.
Spend a Night in Historic Quebec City
This vibrant part of the city boasts several world-class hotels that spare no expense for luxury. Featuring spacious rooms with opulent en-suite bathrooms and on-site facilities including an indoor swimming pool and concierge service, Palace Royal by Hotel Jaro is a prime example of what you should expect from hotels in Old Quebec. You should also consider staying at Hilton Quebec Hotel, which offers modern interiors with sweeping views over the historic surroundings. You’ll be able to take advantage of in-room amenities including a comfortable seating area, a work desk, flat-screen TV, and a marble en-suite bathroom with complimentary bath amenities. The on-site restaurant, Allegro Restaurant, serves an extensive breakfast every morning, while Allegro Bar offers cocktails, spirits, and wines.
If you’re looking for comfortable, budget-friendly accommodation, there are several options available nearby that provide value for money rates and convenient on-site facilities. HI-Auberge Internationale de Quebec provides its guests with simple, yet comfortable hostel accommodation with a shared kitchen area for added convenience.