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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“basse ville” (74 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

It's a good climb down (and back up), but completely worth it. The atmosphere is lovely and the little stores are interesting and although many are "souvenir shops" there are also many different artisans and tooled leather shops.

Thank GetnThere
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Compact tourist district that's fun to stroll around whether you're looking to learn some local history, relax in a cafe with a drink, or do some shopping for souvenirs or local arts and crafts. You could easily spend an hour, or half a day exploring...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

It was a nice stroll through the many stores and restaurants that line the narrow street. You truly feel like you are in Europe. Definitely check it out.

Thank Deanna N
Reviewed 27 August 2016

I find the upper town to be less interesting than the lower. The lower seems to be reinventing itself in a good way. More interesting shops, cuter bistros, smaller with new and fashionable hotels.

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Reviewed 27 August 2016

great way to spend the day walking around and viewing all the beautiful architecture, be warned that there are numerous steep hills, it will wear you out.

Thank Domstorm37
Reviewed 27 August 2016

A rebuilt renovated old city into shops for tourists is very quaint and peaceful. The vendors, mimes and costumed people are almost as enjoyable to watch as the middle-class families parading from their cruise ship. A local coffee shop makes the best coffees and decent...More

Thank Profecofl
Reviewed 26 August 2016

The lower town of quebec is quaint as well as delightful. It is so colourful with masses of flowering baskets. There are small cobbled streets with numerous tiny shops. A superb area to wander and take in the atmosphere.

Thank lakelover908
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Step into Europe and France in the lower old Quebec on st Lawrence river. Cobblestone streets, Canadian artisans, cafes on the sidewalk galore, flowers abound and street performers too. Enjoyable spot and major shopping and eateries.

Thank lsihrofhhisc
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Quebec is situated on a cliff and this area lies at the base of cliff. Very popular and crowded with people looking through all the shops, great outdoor eating all over the place, several well known restaurants and the Quebec Civilization Museum which is a...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We were charmed by the Paris-like atmosphere of Lower Town, both cafes and shops. Of special interest to us was a shop - Flamand Sculpteur - full of wood carvings, many in exquisite detail. The items were both three-dimensional and two-dimensional and the bigger ones,...More

Thank lhgarden
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3 June 2016|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
Don't let the rain (or snow) deter you. The city, with its narrow streets and cobblestones, and hilliness becomes a reflective canvas, with sparkles of light from many sources. It can be quite magical to be out and about.
Madelyn P
19 October 2015|
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Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The ferry leaves from lower town and crosses the river to Levis. It appears to run frequently and Is supposed to be worthwhile but we did not do it
31 July 2015|
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Response from CharlotteKelowna | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Old Quebec City. If you are several miles away,talk to the hotel concierge and ask for the bus number to get to Old Quebec.Once you arrived in the vicinity, don't even think of public transportation, but walk... More