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“Incroyable!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #3 of 119 Attractions in Quebec City
Type: Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
Sherwood Park, Canada
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“Incroyable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This charming area is not to be missed. We rented an apartment right between the Lower Town and the Quartier de Petit Champlain. While there isn't a lot going on in the Lower Town at this time of year, it is charming just to explore the streets and to soak in the history!

Visited November 2013
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Goshen, NY
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“Europe in America”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Typical European "Old Town." Narrow streets, lots of steps, very old buildings, most of which now house shops. If you're looking for native goods, you're better off here than on the upper street, which is heavily populated with kitchy souvenir shops. Best part of the section, though, is its history, which dates back to the 1608 settling of Quebec.

Visited October 2013
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Munich, Germany
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“Touristy but so Well Renovated ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Basse-Ville from afar truly reminds you of some 17th-century town in Normandy, and despite all the tourist trappings it's worth a stroll. Don't overlook Notre Dame de la Victoire, the oldest church in Québec, located right in the center of the lower part of town.

Visited October 2013
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Buford, Georgia
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“a slice of france”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

You feel like you are in a little French village. Okay - a lot of it is rebuilt, but it is still a lot of fun. You wander around the winding streets and explore the shops and restaurants. Don't miss the city mural.

Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Favorite port on a New England and Canada cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We had two glorious days in Quebec and we spent much of it walking the lower town. We have been to a few provinces in France, and this evoked the old world style of cobblestoned streets and quaint shops in walled cities there. It is a small enough area to comfortably stroll and see everything. There is not one wall, house or street that is not a photo by itself. Everything was decorated for Autumn, with fresh flowers, pumpkins and hay everywhere. The shops and homes are lovingly painted in pale blues and yellows in some areas, and bright primary reds, yellows and blues in others, making striking contrasts next to each other.

You must go see the huge mural depicting the history of Quebec City, and make sure to turn around to see the troupe-l'oile metal gate facing it! You can walk up the slope to the stairs to the upper town, or take the funicular. If you take it, then make sure to walk back down to see the lower area spread out before you as you descend. Great view and interesting shops and cafe as you go lower.

The shops there are just beautifully set out. You have food, (check out the restaurant with the flying rabbit and garden- themed outside dining area), chocolates, furs, jackets and exquisite and affordable artworks. The Palace Royale area is lovely with an open courtyard, church and historic buildings. Behind it there are cannons and a modern sculpture overlooking the harbor. You can easily spend an entire afternoon just strolling and shopping and taking tons of photos. We did. In fact, we went back the next day to see if we missed anything!

Visited October 2013
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