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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #3 of 141 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Walk down the steps to the tiny little alleyways with all sorts of shops and cafés. Wander around and soak up the history and feel like you're in parts of old Paris. Return up to the town using the furnicular.

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Dexter, Maine
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I love this city and all it has to offer. The people are very friendly and willing to go the extra steps to provid you with great service

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Yardville, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We found the lower town to have a more urbane collection of shops than the upper town. There were of course, the souvenir shops, but in addition, there were some other unusual and quaint stores like a kitchen shop, Native American crafts, dress shops and some nice restaurants. My wife was thrilled with a pair of gloves she found there,Fun... More

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Beloeil, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Used to work there in the 90's , was a place for poorer peoples, motorbikers etc... but it's has changed SOOOOOOOO much over the last years!!! now a beautiful place with lots of compagnies, nice spots to see and nice to walk by....

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Hamilton, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Interesting walkways with unique shops and many eateries. Very pleasant to wander. Lots of steps down to the various alleys and lane, but fortunately, there is a funicular railway to take you back to the top!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

You would never think that you are actually in Canada when you visit old Quebec with it's field stone houses,quaint restaurants and shops;narrow streets, side walk cafes; excellent entertainment along each street. Incredible ambiance!

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Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Do not miss Place de Royale and Notre Dame. Really puts history of battles a perspective. do not miss mural in square.

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Toronto, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

coming from the old port - you will see all of the beauty of Quebec City. Quaint shopping streets look like a set in a movie - absolutely immaculate.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I can't rate this because I don't think we walked up this way. I understand there is a good farmer's market there.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
44 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We took the ecolobus to get from top to bottom instead of the funicular which is more expensive. Many interesting old houses with shops and restaurants.

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