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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Take a stroll along Rue St. Paul and Rue St. Pierre

This part of town is charming and filled with art galleries and antique shops, not to mention wonderful restaurants. Worth the time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This part of town is charming and filled with art galleries and antique shops, not to mention wonderful restaurants. Worth the time.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Early morning before tourist crowds from the cruise ships. Lovely, authentic environment. Galleries and shops not run-of-the-mill.

Thank SueandPaulKorn
Emerson, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quebec City should be a must on your list if you are visiting Montreal and have time, it's about 3 hours away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a wonderful part of Quebec City. The lower town has a nice mix of shops, restaurants, bars etc. Very accessible by the rail car that descends from near the Hotel Frontenac. The streets wind along the river and provide access to the cruise ship terminal, the ferry, and a very nice tour boat that gives a 90 minute... More 

Thank Keith A
Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An abundance of unique art galleries, fine dining restaurants, and interesting boutiques occupy some of the best preserved and most beautiful 19th century seaport architecture on the planet (or at least North America). I love walking around until I want to take a break. Then I find a bench and watch the tourists and tour groups from all over the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our hotel was located in Lower Town. It was easy walking distance to many attractions, great buildings with unbelievable murals, lots of shops and restaurants. It was also residential, not overly touristy in some areas. There is a bicycle path that rides adjacent to the St. Lawrence River where you can view cruise ships, ride a ferry to Levi or... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is half of the old town equation. Lower town is filled with tiny streets, cafes, pocket parks, the great murals and you then take the funicular up to the Upper Town and the Chateau. Plan to spend the day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can do lots of activities in the Base-Ville such; as sight-seeing, visit the out door fruits and vegetables stand of the locals next to the sea-port. Tasting the many French cuisines of the local Bistros. Visiting gift-shop and taking pictures of the surrounding land mark.

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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So this wasn't ideal for me with a 1yr old and a stroller as there were many very steep spots and places where stairs were required. (Going back up...... Much harder than down!) But this is yet another beautiful must see part of town. Many nice shops and a good European "feel" - and also many nice views. You can... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure and start in lower town before you go to old town lots of neat English and French buildings with small streets. Don't miss the square with huge mural. The flowers are beautiful on the street walking up to the funicular - much easies than the stairs.

Thank Laurence M

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