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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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Neighborhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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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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Deal and relaxed tourist side of me prefers Lower Town, Basse-Ville

I agree another well-known traveler that the lower town is the best for food and values. The friendliness of shop keepers was refreshing. Warm smiles and helpfulness greeted us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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NYS
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I agree another well-known traveler that the lower town is the best for food and values. The friendliness of shop keepers was refreshing. Warm smiles and helpfulness greeted us everywhere. Our poor French was tolerated as they spoke English to us. Part of a World Heritage Site. I really enjoy the Petit Champlain area best. With murals to contemplate while... More 

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Niantic, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

nice gift shops, monuments, beautiful church with free guide, narrow streets, painted murals...two, that were impressive.

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Toronto
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

So pleasant. Felt like we were in a European city. Shopping, eating and walking. Everyone was so friendly.

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Chapleau, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

If you're not afraid to go and see the less touristy area, it can be quite interesting. Sure it's not as pretty as old Quebec, but it sure has a lot of great greasy spoons if you're into common dining. See how the less elite live and have a good experience feeling like you just belong to the rest of... More 

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Ontario
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Restaurants antique shops art shops anf close to the water and great boardwalk you'll love it. Safe and friendly with lots to do.

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Ottawa, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went exploring down here the same day a cruise ship came in. It was busy! It was fun to look in the souvenir shops and we even got some blueberry fizzy wine. It was a nice break from the really really steep hills. Beware the guy that owns the vernacular doesn't accept anything but cash.

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New York City, New York
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236 reviews 236 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Definitly worth the trip down. Lovely shops and historical stops. Don't miss the murals. If you take the right turns you can avoid some of the hills. The area with the antique stores and art galleries was fun to wander.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Make sure you visit in the summer! There's lots of things to see and do. Check out the waterfront, old churches, and shopping venues.

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Kennewick, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Lots of cute shops and galleries. Very fun. Didn't care much for some of the lunch menus, a little skimpy. Fun place to walk and take photos.

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Orlando
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

While upper town gets most of the love, lower town is is well worth the time to visit and stroll among the beautiful old buildings. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants and while many of the shops are souvenir oriented there are several art galleries featuring Quebecois and Inuit art and crafts. There are also several clothing stores with... More 

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