Classified as a world heritage city by UNESCO since 1985, the historic quarter of Quebec city comprises both the Upper Town and Lower Town. The Upper Town is protected by its walls and bastions, the Lower Town by the port, the river and its old quarters.

The Upper Town

Within the fortifications, we find a number of historic buildings and museums, notably the cluster of buildings of the Quebec Seminary , the Notre-Dame basilica and cathedral, the Capitole theatre, the former prison at the Morrin Centre, city hall, the Musée de l’Amérique Française, a museum dedicated to the French presence in North America, the Musée des Ursulines, a museum attached to the Ursuline convent, Forts-et-Châteaux- Saint-Louis, a Canadian national historic site and Artillery Park, another heritage site. In addition, the iconic Château Frontenac, the Citadelle, now the Quebec residence of Canada’s governor-general, the Quebec National Assembly, our provincial parliament, and the splendid battlefield park of the Plains of Abraham are all part of the Upper Town.

The Lower Town

Take the funicular on Dufferin Terrace, in front of the Château Frontenac, and, at the bottom, step into the quaint Petit-Champlain quarter, historic Place Royale and, close by, the Old Port, with its market, the Naval Museum, the Musée de la civilization and the Centre d’interprétation.