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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Charming and beautiful

Walking the steps to base- Ville Es one of my highlights of Quebec. Crowded with tourist, the charm was not lost. The buildings and walkways are reminiscent of French villages. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Walking the steps to base- Ville Es one of my highlights of Quebec. Crowded with tourist, the charm was not lost. The buildings and walkways are reminiscent of French villages. We had a great meal here and hope to return.

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While it is worth spending a little time here, not a top list item. When I found out all the very old French looking buildings were really very old plain buildings remodeled to give the area charm, I realized I was in Disneyland. In July the narrow streets are just jammed with tourists. You go here to buy junky crap... More 

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a lovely stroll amid quaint restaurants and terrasses and boutiques. Interesting to read the historic information along the paths.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even if you've already walked all over the Plains of Abraham and down into the old city, you really should visit this area as well. While not as extensive as the upper section of the old city, it's charming and has plenty of quaint shops and restaurants.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was in heaven walking around this area. It so reminded me of my many stays in Paris. The buildings, the ambience and the reasonable doubt prices. A wonderful mini vacation. C'est tres bon! Oh and everyone speaks English as they are very kind to tourists who are the life blood of the area's commerce.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Part of Old Quebec, and definitely worth a visit! We took a boat cruise and then wandered around Lower Town (Base-Ville) afterwards. It's like being in Europe without leaving Canada....cobblestone streets, historic stone buildings....absolutely delightful!

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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This part of Quebec City is closer to the river, and feels like you are somewhere in a preserved part of an old European city. Stunning!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very beautiful to look at. Very busy part of town , lots of people walking around enjoying the view. Lots of shops to choose from. Dine for dinner,lunch or breakfast. Shopping for close to my many to choose from.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been to Old Quebec several times and never went down to see the area outside the walled old town... Don't do the same! you can use the funicular or just park below (quai Andre), and walk the smaller 'old' town. Lots of cute shops and food!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lots of restaurants and shops. Cute, but very touristy. You don't need to ride the funicular back up. They say it is 485+ steps up the stairway, but we walked one staircase and then took the winding road up. It was not a strenuous walk.

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