Petit Champlain in Quebec City

16 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  4 minutes

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Quartier du Petit Champlain is a small commercial zone in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the neighbourhood of Vieux-Québec–Cap-Blanc–colline Parlementaire in the borough of La Cité-Limoilou, near Place Royale and its Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Its main street is the Rue du Petit-Champlain at the foot of Cap Diamant. It is claimed that it’s the oldest commercial district in North America.   read more…

Quebec City, the Gibraltar of North America

14 August 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

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Québec Panorama 2009 © Martin St-Amant – Wikipedia – cc-by-sa-3.0

Quebec is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec. The city has a population of 517,000, and the metropolitan area has a population of 766,000, making it the second most populous city in Quebec after Montreal, which is about 233 km (145 mi) to the southwest. The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River proximate to the city’s promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”. Charles Dickens once called Quebec Gibraltar of North America. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec’.   read more…

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