Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Historic & Modern Quebec
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Hailed as the most French city outside of France, Quebec is a spectacle of never-ending sights. You will discover the charm and character of the Old Town -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- as you explore the historic landmarks, take in the breathtaking views from Cap-Diamant, and travel along the Grande-Allee -- the Champs-Élysees of Quebec.
You will also be within a few steps of Quebec’s most celebrated landmark -- the unparalleled Chateau Frontenac. Drive by Place-Royale -- a beautifully restored market square of typical 17th- and 18th-century stone architecture that comprises the heart of the Lower Town and was the site of Champlain’s first settlement.
National Battlefields Park, also known as the Plains of Abraham, was the site of the historic battle where the French surrendered to the British in 1759. Located on the cliffs overlooking the St Lawrence River, the Plains of Abraham is now a beautiful 250-acre park with hills, gardens, monuments and artillery artifacts.
Stop at Cap-Diamant for a photo stop opportunity and take in the spectacular views of the St-Lawrence River and the surrounding countryside.
Watch for the Hotel du Parlement -- an imposing Second Empire style building overlooking the city -- and the Citadelle. This 1820 star formed Citadel, is the largest British fortress in North America. It remains an active garrison and since 1920 is home of the Royal 22e Regiment, French Canadian infantry regiment. The latter is a strategic military site that forms part of the fortifications around the old city.
The Observatoire de la Capitale offers the highest point of view in Quebec city from 725 feet above sea level. You will also see the Laval University campus (1852) -- the first French-language university in America.