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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #3 of 144 Attractions in Quebec City
Type: Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
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Bristol, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The original section of Quebec City and there's history in every direction. It's beautifully kept up with cobblestone streets and the original buildings in perfect condition. There are a ton of things to do and see and you would have to visit several times to take advantage.

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Richmond, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This part was so quaint and beautiful - with cobblestone streets and so many beautiful galleries! You really have the feeling you are in Europe! A great variety of restaurants - but unfortunately not very "vegetarian" friendly!

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Grand Bahama Island
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The gently curving streets just take you on to more and more shops. There are many up scale clothing stores and souveniers galore. Check the labels for where some of these treasures are made!!!

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Ewing, New Jersey, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed strolling the pedestrian mall visiting the shops and cafes! Rode the fenicular to get up to the Upper Town and Plains of Abraham.

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Markham, Ontario
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this beautiful district first thing in the morning, before the shops opened and before the tour groups showed up. If you enjoy history and old world charm - this is a place to see. Lots of walking to wear off all the wonderful pastries and croissants available at the cafes.

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Borrego Springs, California
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280 reviews 280 reviews
145 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Lots of history here. Be sure to tour the Place Royal museum and try to time it with the free tour included with the admission. Excellent interpretation of the early days of Quebec City.

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Kitchener, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Make the walk downhill so that you can window shop on the way. Have lunch or a cocktail at a cafe and then try the funniculaire for your return trip uphill. You will find it just outside of Chateau Frontenac. Many fun shops to see and enjoy.

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Brisbane, Australia
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174 reviews 174 reviews
99 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Wander up and down the streets, there are some surprising things. Look up and see some modern artwork and some beautifully decorated buildings. A variety of architectural styles.

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Vancouver, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I preferred Lower Town because they had some quality shops and there seemed to be a better vibe. We did enjoy the stairs as we felt this allowed us to eat more!

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Northern Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

if you can time it, try to go when there is not a cruise ship docked in town - otherwise it can get a little crowded. Spend some time at the glass blowers shop right at the base of the furnicular and watch them do their amazing work.

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