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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)
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Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour
Ranked #5 of 228 things to do in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed April 15, 2012

Loved all the walking -- but be prepared -- many, many steps and/or hills if you stay in this area. We loved it and we are in our mid-to-late 50s, but be aware.

Thank teachmsa
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Quebec City retains its historical old world charm like its pride and joy. While the Chateau Frontenac, Saint Lawrence River, and Laurentian mountains are most well known in the area, Lower Town (Basse-Ville) is worth the foot trek for hidden gems, artwork, architecture, and fabulous photographs.

We trekked from the bottom up (uphill) towards Frontenac which made for some stunning sights both big and small. Some of the best features of Lower Town were the commissioned artwork on buildings set against a backdrop of cobblestone streets and churches. Every so often, take a look around 180 degrees. There's a romantic snapshot waiting to be taken. If not the Frontenac, the Saint Lawrence; if not the artwork and architecture, a view of the Bunge grain silo Image Mill projecting light art on the silos of Quebec Harbor. While there are a zillion shops and restaurants, it's not touristy by any means.

Certainly bring a camera. The best views are during the early morning and late evening. For those who have the time to spare, set aside two (2) hours or so for a visit. Wear comfortable walking shoes ... fashionistas, leave your heels at home.

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Love the small pedestrian street with all the artists.

Thank Nora L
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Picture perfect cobblestone streets...we had a great time walking and exploring. Lots of hills and stairs. Great shops, good food and lots of history. Purchased the most gorgeous hand painted silk scarf!

Thank alwaysajerseygirl
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Hotel Dominion. L'Echaude for dinner...lots to do and see

Thank Greg M
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