Québec City is among the most popular cities in Canada and is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region has a pretty rich history that can be traced back to 1608. While the town grew as an administrative region, today, it is among the top tourist destinations in Canada. Below are some of the best attractions to see in Québec City.
La Citadelle de Québec
The Citadel is currently a military post, and so it was during the 1830s when it was built. The large fortress protected by ditches, ramparts and walls lies on a raised ground, about 100 meters high. La Citadelle de Québec serves as the official residence of Governor-General of Canada and also the headquarters of the legendary 22nd Canadian Regiment.
Observatoire de la Capitale
How about the picturesque view of the entire town from a vantage point? The Observatoire de la Capitale is a viewing area on the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart Building, the tallest of skyscrapers in Québec. If you want to see the city from a different angle, this is the place to be. The observatory is open for rentals and tickets are available online.
Pont de Québec
This is one of the most famous transport systems in the history of Canada. The Quebec Bridge constitutes a rail, road and pedestrian bridge across the Saint Lawrence River. The bridge collapsed two times before its final construction was successful, and the construction cost more than 88 lives. The bridge has been declared a historic monument by the Canadian and American Society of Civil Engineers, and also a National Historic Site.
Québec is an old city that was in the past, fortified heavily. One of the attractions today is the Fortifications of Québec, which can be explored even today, taking back visitors to how it was like over 300 years ago. All the fortifications, including the high walls, towers, massive gates and many canons, are still intact. Interestingly, the 4.5 kilometres of ramparts are still visible.
This is a monumental structure in the history of Québec as it’s the exact spot where the real foundation of the city is. Its history goes back to 1606 when French colonist and explorer Samuel de Champlain started the post. Place Royale is today among the few, and the largest 17th and 18th-century buildings remaining in North America.
That’s the end of our article on the top 5 places to visit in Québec City. Other sites to see include Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Montmorency Falls Park, The Montreal Botanical Garden, Plains of Abraham (Champs de Bataille), Musee de la Civilisation, and Old Port (Vieux Port), just to mention a few. Which one is your favourite?