The Old Port is located in one of the most enchanting areas of Quebec City. Situated where the Saint Charles River meets the Saint Lawrence River, the Old Port encompasses an area of about 82 acres. The oldest port in the country, it is full of history that dates back to the 17th century. During colonization the area was the port of call for European ships to bring goods and supplies to the new settlement. Today the port is a great spot for visitors to explore and has become a major port of call for international cruise ships.
The port holds its famous Marché du Vieux-Port, or Old Port Market year-round. Come along and taste some delicious fresh foods and local products. The market is not solely for tourists, locals frequent the market to shop for groceries. Sample chocolate covered cranberries, taste local wines, and indulge yourself in everything the market has to offer
The Rue de Petit Champlain and Place Royale neighborhoods located in Old Port are quite popular among tourists. Comprised of narrow cobblestone streets, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries they are a great way to spend an afternoon.
In August the annual New France Festival is held in the Old Port. This festival takes visitors back to 17th century Quebec City. Costumes are welcome and encouraged. The festivities are spread throughout the entire old city and vary from parades to markets to lively music. Every night a gala parade is held and everyone with a costume is invited to march along. Parades feature entertainers and the popular Giants (large walking marionettes).
Make sure to stop by the Musée de la civilisation, which presents exhibitions on current, unusual, and even controversial subjects. Visit the Musée naval de Québec, where you can learn about the naval history of the Saint Lawrence River and the battles that took place there.
Take a Walking Tour of the Old Port — one of the best ways to sight see and learn about the history of this famous port. For more information, take a gander at the Old Port online!