Lower Town (Basse-Ville), Quebec City

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Consider riding the funicular down from the boardwalk to explore the cobbled lanes of Lower Town (Basse-Ville), a World Heritage Site since 1985. Today the town represents a popular tourist destination brimming with European atmosphere that features some of the colony's first houses with architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Small streetside shops offer artisan products and souvenirs, and museums and art galleries will familiarize you with the area's culture. Plan your visit to Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Quebec City vacation builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    The lower town of Quebec is one of both geographical and historical district of the city-Limoilou Quebec.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This part of town is amazing. It's so beautiful and rich in history. You could spend days just walking around taking it all in. So many shops and cafe's to stop at.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    You can reach the old town by walking, but would highly recommend the funicular to save your legs as its quite steep. You can't miss the old town if you are in Quebec city which includes one of the ol...  more »

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Most accommodations cluster on the west side of the St. Lawrence River, with the city's split-level old town offering the widest range of options and best access to top attractions. Stay in the upper town to be close to the castle and enjoy views over the river. What the lower town lacks in panoramas, it makes up for in historic charm and access to riverside cafes and restaurants. If you want a less-touristy experience, consider the up-and-coming neighborhood of St. Roch, whose cafes, bars, restaurants, and artistic spaces make it an alternative traveler's paradise.
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