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  • Address: 27 rue Notre-Dame, Old Lower Town

Locals bestow Place-Royale as the spiritual and historical heart of Vieux Quebec, for this spot is not only the birthplace of French Civilization in North America but also one of the continent’s oldest settlements. And that history resonates, as the site has the largest surviving ensemble of 17th and 18th century buildings in North America.

One of the highlights here is the Centre d’Interpretation de Place-Royal, an interpretive center with illuminating exhibits on the individual people, houses, and challenges of setting up a town the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Walk past the center to see a trompe-l’oeil mural of people from the early city. Dominating the plaza is the oldest church in Quebec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. It’s worth taking a peek inside at the paintings, altar, and the large boat suspended from the ceiling.

When not soaking up the history, duck in and out of the boutiques and restaurants that are sprinkled throughout the Place-Royal. Folk dances, live music, and other festive happenings are often held near the bust of Louis XIV, in the center.

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Quebec City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 437 Reviews

Experience the highlights of Quebec City on a sightseeing tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Soak up the French charm of Old Quebec and be enchanted ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.28

Quebec City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 321 Reviews

Experience the period charm of Old Quebec on a two-hour guided walking tour of this historic city's many highlights. This leisurely paced, downhill walking ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.19

Quebec Hot Air Balloon Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Take to the skies above Quebec City and surrounding areas in a hot air balloon to enjoy a bird's eye view of this charming and beautiful region. Take a sunrise ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $231.29

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