Quick geography lesson, the main tourist section of Quebec City is divided into Upper Town and Lower Town or Old Port. Quebec City‘s Upper Town will be a cultural experience that will delight your visual senses. Make a reservation for a guided walking tour and learn the extensive history of this magical village. Stroll along the old, quaint streets and check out the grey stone houses and religious establishments. The stone houses are made from granite, quarried nearby during the 1800s. For much of its early years Upper Town was the political, educational, and religious nerve center of the province and the country. Soaring above it all is the grandiose hotel the Château Frontenac. The romantic architecture of the hotel complements its idyllic surroundings, giving the city a distinctive reference point from which to explore. Built between 1893 and 1924, the Château Frontenac is a historical monument in the city’s Upper Town. Upper Town of Old Quebec is encompassed by fortress walls. Overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, the Upper Town contains many of the city’s most famous sites including the Château Frontenac, Place d’Armes, and Basilica of Notre-Dame. Everything here has been well preserved and restored and most of the buildings in this part of the city are hundreds of years old. What attracts many to Upper Town is the Dufferin Terrace, a pedestrian promenade that draws all ages for its magnificent views of the river and its water traffic. Speckled with green and white gazebos, the boardwalk offers a close view of what the area would have looked like 100 years ago.
Here is a list of some of the attractions:
Musée de l’Amérique Française- a museum focusing on the history of New France, located at 9 Rue de l’Université
Musée de Cire- a wax museum begun in 1945
Musée du Fort- a museum focusing on the military history of Québec City through a sound and light show, as well as exhibits
Musée des Augustines de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec- the first hospital north of Mexico which doubles as a monastery and has been open to the public since 1958. It honors early religious missionaries in the Quebec area.
Musée des Ursulines de Québec- a museum that features paintings, sculptures, embroidery works, engravings, archive documents, furniture, and decorative art objects that tell of the life and educational work of the Ursulines in in the 17th century.
Québec Expérience- A multimedia show on the history of Quebec City
Promenade des Gouverneurs- 20-minute walk from Dufferin Terrace. Pathway that climbs up past the Citadelle and returns to Dufferin Terrace; takes hikers past the battery of cannons.
Jardin des Gouverneurs- Just west of Château Frontenac, this garden stands on the site of the mansion built to house the French governors of Quebec. The house’s ruins lie buried under the Château after it burned in 1834. The park is the host of many shows and musical events during the summer.