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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Neighborhood: Downtown Quebec City
Neighborhoods, Historic walking areas, Other, Sights & Landmarks
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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is...
The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
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Take the stairs

You could drive around Quebec city and miss out on much of the heritage. Heading to the lower town by taking the stairs might be a bit more strenuous and, unfortunately, not great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Summertown, Australia
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Summertown, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

You could drive around Quebec city and miss out on much of the heritage. Heading to the lower town by taking the stairs might be a bit more strenuous and, unfortunately, not great for those with lower mobility. However, I find that this is a great way to really feel like you've earned the right to say that you've made... More 

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Swanton, Vermont, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The streets and shops are beautifully kept and it feels like a small European village. Just beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Old world charm is what you will find while wandering this neighbourhood. Many neat shops and restaurants to explore. Take the ferry across to Lévis for the best view of the city!

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Belfast, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What a beautiful area of Quebec City. It reminded me if Brittany in France. Old stone buildings, cobblestones, unique shops, with friendly French -speaking locals. Loved it and will definately return. It was really nice to be able to drive to a European-like city.

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Labrador City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The lower area is beautiful with nice shops, restaurants, and hotels. It has a very European feel there. Very easy to get down in the hill elevator. One of the great places to try down there is Panche(there last February). Awesome restaurant with an amazing wine list.

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Stratford, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When in QC last Fall we drove along the St. lawrence from the hotel we stayed at (l'Aristocrate) and it was a delightful 15 or 20 minute drive beside the river through beautiful parkland and natural escarpment areas. There were all kinds of joggers and bikers and people just enjoying this natural area. And as is the case in Quebec,... More 

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Quebec, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

... as I grew up in that neighborhood :-). Recommended in particular for casual eating. Nice finds there!

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Hong Kong, China
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This area adds to the charm and old world feel of QC. Worth spending time for shopping and having drinks or a snack.

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Brantford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great little area to explore if you like just walking around looking in little stores and admiring the old architecture.

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Baysville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

this is one of the older areas in Quebec City. The narrow cobblestone streets are lined with specialty shops and wonderful smaller restaurants. A great place to wander around and see the ice sculptures that were in front of many of the stores and restaurants. There are also two wonderful four story high murals depicting life in Lower Town over... More 

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