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Panoramic view of Quebec City
Panoramic view of Quebec City
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The Historic District of Old Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada.

Old Quebec is the only North American city with its old ramparts, bastions, gates and defensive walls still intact. The city was founded by French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. By 1750, it has become the largest town in the then French colony of Nouvelle-France ("New France"). Today it is one of the best preserved fortified colonial cities in Canada. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 9th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 2-6 December, 1985.

Photos of Historic District of Old Québec

Quebec City
Quebec City
Author: François Maxime Langlois (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

What to See in Historic District of Old Québec

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 46 48 34 W 71 12 38
Inscription Year: 1985
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV, VI

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Visiting Historic District of Old Québec

You can fly to Quebec from most major cities in North America including Montreal, Toronto, New York and Chicago. The Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) is just 20 minutes from downtown Quebec. Taxi from the airport will cost you a flat rate of C$32.50

View of Old Quebec
View of Old Quebec
Author: Gilbert Bochenek (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Sights in Quebec City

  1. Assemblée Nationale
  2. Fortifications de Québec
  3. Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral
  4. Hôtel de Ville
  5. La Citadelle
  6. Monastère des Ursulines
  7. Musée de la Civilisation
  8. Parc des Champs-de-Bataille
  9. Place Royale
  10. Séminaire de Québec
  11. Terrasse Dufferin
  12. Vieux Port

Further Reading

For more about Quebec City, read Quebec City Budget Travel Guide which I wrote in my other website, EarthDocumentary.



Local Tours of Canada

It is often cheaper and more practical to join a local tour of, if you are looking for a specific travel experience. Here are some local tours of Canada that you may want to include to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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