Historic Quebec City Canada

Love Old Quebec City. The old buildings are amazing. If you are just reading my blogs for the first time, you need to know that Quebec City is the capital of the provence Quebec. It’s around 2.5 to 3 hours North of Montreal. A really great place to drive too and visit.

I have added some wikipedia information here because It was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, and is one of the oldest cities in Nth America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec’. In 1665, there were 550 people in 70 houses living in the city. One-quarter of the people were members of religious orders: secular priests, Jesuits, Ursulines nuns and the order running the local hospital, Hotel-Dieu.

Quebec city was the headquarters of many raids against New England during the four French and Indian Wars. In the last war, the French and Indian War (Seven Years War), Quebec City was captured by the British in 1759 and held until the end of the war in 1763. It was the site of three battles during Seven Years War – the Battle of Beauport, a French victory (July 31, 1759); the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, in which British troops under General James Wolfe defeated the French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm on September 13, 1759 and shortly thereafter took the city; and the final Battle of Sainte-Foy, a French victory (April 28, 1760). France ceded New France, including the city, to Britain in 1763.

This spot I have dedicated it’s own blog too was one of my favourite spots in Old Quebec City. It is ‘La Fresque de Quebecois’. It is this huge wall with this magnificent painting on it. When we were there we saw school excursions going on, and teachers were teaching students about the historical relevance of it. The whole town is like this. I loved it. The energy around it was fantastic too. I took heaps of photos of the same wall and shared them with you because I couldn’t decide which one to choose.

So you know, the term Quebecois is the term they use here like “Aussie” or Australian. The provence is Quebec but they call the people a “Quebecois” (Pronounced Quebecwaaaa) Drop the last letter as is the case with most French words.

 

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Old Quebec City

There is Quebec City and Old Quebec City. A great place to go and visit for sure. I will certainly go again. Quebec CIty is the capital of the provence Quebec and in French called Ville de Quebec. For some background information, the population is 516, 622 people and the area is 484.1km2. It is about a 2.5 hour drive from where we are. The same from Montreal give or take 20 minutes.

The vast majority of city residents are native French-speakers. The English-speaking community peaked in relative terms during the 1860s, when 40% of Quebec City’s residents were Anglophone.Today, Anglophones make up only 1.5% of the population of both the city and its metropolitan area. However, the annual Quebec Winter Carnival attracts both Francophone and Anglophone tourists alike, so the Anglophone population increases considerably during the duration of the event.

When you get there, you can’t help but notice the age of the buildings and you can see the huge historic castle hotel up the top of the mountain. It is grand. It is the Famous Chateau Frontenac Castle.

It has this little strip where you can walk along with pebble stone grounds and you walk along looking at these little cute stalls and intimate cafes. I loved it. You can walk up the mountain via steps or a lift so you can go to the Famous Chateau. We took the lift and you can get to it through the little grocery store on the walking strip. We had a great day out there taking it all in. Worth the drive up. It’s probably best to stay a night or two because there is lots to do and see.

It’s probably best to see the photos below to know what I’m talking about. I am writing separate blogs about the shopping there and one of the cafes we went too.

When we were driving to Quebec City, I saw this sign post to a town called “Yamachiche”. I kept saying it out loud because I loved the sound of this name.

 

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