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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #2 of 134 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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Heswall, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

this is such a lovely place and such a nice place to just stroll around taking in the sites and sounds.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

J'y demeure. I live here in Québec city. Lower town plenty of sites to see...and things to do. Plein de chose a faire et à voir en basse ville. Easy access to uppertown...accés façile pour la haute ville. Bistros, boutiques, restaurantes, marina, St. Laurence river, ferry to the South shore, bike rentals, shopping, historical sites, beer and wine ....Bistros, boutiques,... More

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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232 reviews 232 reviews
58 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Went down to the Farmer market and Christmas market. Walked from upper town and it was a very pretty walk. Loved the market

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Spend hours and hours exploring this beautiful area...quaint shops and cafes...a picture postcard at every turn...but bring your wallet!!! $$$

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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Michelle took us on a tour in her van and it was great because it felt like minus 30 with the wind and the snow. We probably would have saw more if we were walking, but the weather did not cooperate.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Take the Funiculare down the mountain to the lower village for a stroll through a really charming French village. Wonderful art galleries abound in this area and are really worth checking out. If you visit Quebec without going to the lower village you are missing a great deal. It is an easy and quick trip and you will be transported... More

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

It is very worth the walk, very scenic, quaint look and feel. One of the nicest place to visit in Quebec if you can brave the stairs!!

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Traverse City, Michigan
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The lower town is overrun with art galleries, which is wonderful, but somewhat surprising, as historically this was the less affluent neighborhood. Now it's almost too precious. Don't get me wrong- it's beautiful; the buildings and streets are as or more iconic and (to me) beautiful as Haute-Ville, and the Place Royale is definitely worth a visit for the history... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I went just after the carnival, so I could see many ice sculptures. If you are staying in the upper town you can take the funicular or walk. It is also a good idea to take the ferry to Levis because is really close by.

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Locust Dale, Virginia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Enjoyed walking around the entire area--very much worth all of the steps down from the old town area.

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