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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is...

The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.

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The Lower Town in Quebec City bridges then and now. It still functions as a community and commercial space while showing the early habitation of early settlement. The contrast... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Lower Town in Quebec City bridges then and now. It still functions as a community and commercial space while showing the early habitation of early settlement. The contrast between old and new shows what remains while still showing a glimpse into a world from almost four centuries ago.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Start at the top and enjoy the walk down into the abyss of little storefronts. A must see if in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a delightful part of Quebec city. The stores are definitely catered to tourists. But there are some cool art galleries and restaurants. The hilly, winding roads add to the charm of the city.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the shops in lower town! If I return, I will buy something from the woodcarving art shop. I was really impressed with the artwork. It's a short walk down from the castle. Also, it doesn't take long to walk through Lower Town.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved lower town! Wonderful shops and restaurants. Something to be found for everyone! Beautiful scenery for pictures. Our families favourite area of old Quebec

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To my mind there are only a few cities and places in North America that retain a unique, old world charm, whether they be in San Francisco, New Orleans or Boston. This lovely neighborhood in old Quebec is one of them. Step back in time to when the French and English vied for control of this strategic seaport by strolling... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After enjoying the castle and it's great views of the river, make your way down to the lower town with its cobblestone streets, shops, quaint buildings and historic church. There is easy access to cross the highway to the riverfront from here, too.

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Moncton, NB
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just like Old Quebec, la Basse-ville is well worth the visit. Spend some time, visit the shops and just walk around. You won't regret it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lower Town is a catch-all for history and souvenir shops, but it is a must-do for a visitor to Quebec. There are a lot of tourist trappings, but there is a lot of worthy sites as well. A lot of major sites are within as well, such as the stairs and access to the ferry and the funicular.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was fun walking around on the cobblestone streets. Cute shops and Notre Dame is a must see. We took the funicular back up to upper town.

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