Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, Quebec City

Visit the only still-standing fortified city walls north of Mexico at Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, part of Quebec's World Heritage-listed historic district. The 17th-century walls include four surviving gates, where original stonework was reinforced by the British after taking Quebec City in 1759. Explore the impressive fortifications, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, and get to know a part of Canada's colonial history. Make Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site part of your personalized Quebec City itinerary using our Quebec City journey planning site .
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  • The fortifications are the separation between the old and the recent Quebec we stopped taking pictures
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  • Old Quebec and its fortifications are unique in America, very well preserved and it is always a pleasure to go to Quebec City romantic.
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  • The fortifications are fascinating throughout the city as we see just how protected the city was. They are constantly renovating different areas, but it is worth seeing and then learning more about th...  more »
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  • Incredible must see replica of Old Quebec from 1806. Easy to understand their building stages and parts. Super recommended.
  • Apparently much of the fortifications and walls are recreations but still are very interesting and historically accurate. Amazing to appreciate and consider.
  • Love the beauty of the old buildings. Lots of walking because the roads are narrow.
  • Interesting story but confusing xplorer walk along fortification. Plan for 30 minute+ walk to complete, in costume!
  • Nice one hour walk around the remains of the city wall

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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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