I easily stumbled across this little gem of a park while avoiding the stairs from the Lower Town to the Upper Town...in fact the location is significant historically and within the park is a monument to the first "settlers" of New France and a historical site placard set here by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada...
Its significant lies in the fact that between 1850 and 1866 the Parliament of the Province of Canada was located here in a building where the park is today.. In this time period the Capital was alternating between Toronto and Quebec...a political issue intended to preserve some appeasement between English and French Canada.
The Quebec legislative Assembly was also located here until a fire destroyed the building in 1883...
There is a statue placed here honoring Louis Hebert who it is believed is the first European to build a home and establish a farm in what is now Canada.
Louis Hebert and his wife Marie Rolet arrived in New France in 1617...in fact three years before the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth...
On the back side of the statue is a plaque honoring the earliest families to establish themselves in New France...
There is also a statue of George Etienne Cartier....this man was a political figure who was instrumental in various transactions that made the Colony of Canada stronger in a time of growing American influence in North America,particularly The Confederation of the Canadian Provinces and Territories...
It is set just on the cliffs overlooking the St.Lawrence River I guess it would be North East of the Chateau.
Its a beautiful little green space set on the fringes of the hustle and bustle of Old Quebec...
When I was a girl, my parents took us to Quebec, and then further north up the St. Lawrence River to a little town named Riviere Ouelle. We visited my father's uncle on his farm. The family name is Hudon.
The town is very small, but it is the place from which my father's family emigrated at the turn of the twentieth century.
Recently my son and his wife made a trip to Canada and sought out the little town. He sent a photo of the welcome sign along with a few others. He visited the cemetery and photographed the stones w/ our unusual family name. Guess he's a chip off the old block!
Maison Maillou, a National Historic Site, is an 18th century house that has been preserved, now home to the Chamber of Commerce. It would no longer be standing if not for the 1929 stock market crash as there were plans to tear it down and expand the Chateau Frontenac. Not sure if the funky aqua color paint is original or not.
Not open to the public.
Located at 17, rue St-Louis
I know there are many fans of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery out there, the author of several novels including his most famous one, "Le Petit Prince" (The Little Prince). In 1942, two years before his mysterious death and just a short time before the publication of "Le Petit Prince", Saint-Exupery stayed with the De Koninck family in Quebec City. The house a still a private home and can't be visited, but there is a small plaque near the main entrance indicating that Saint-Exupery stayed there. The house is located on rue Sainte-Genevieve, just a few steps away from the Chateau Frontenac.
Tourism is one of the major industries in the city of Quebec and the tourist office is there to make sure they make the most of their stay in the region. You can stop by the info center located at 12 rue Sainte-Anne, in front of the Chateau Frontenac, to get all the information you need - whether you're looking for a map, a guided tour, a restaurant recommendation or if you need help booking a place to stay or want to plan a trip to other regions in the province, the info center staff will give you all that information and more! You can also visit the Website before your trip and order free tour guides of Quebec's 21 tourist regions.
On St. Louis Street, near Corps-de-Garde, there is a cannonball stuck inside a tree! It was purportedly shot back during the War of 1759 and has since found an unusual home.
Needless to say, very few tourists can resist the urge of having their photo taken beside this novelty!
The section of D'Auteuil Street facing Esplanade Park is being refurbished as the "Allee des poetes" (Poets Alley). A series of busts of famous poets are slowly being installed there.
The first particularly stuck out when it was alone, notably because it depicted an Asian man. It is the Nguyen-Trai Monument, which honours a 15th-century Vietnam national hero and poet who played an instrumental role in the fight against Chinese oppression.
Alexander Pushkin, of Russia, and Emile Nelligan, arguably Quebec's greatest poet, have been similarly honoured. More recently, the Italian community has donated a bust of Dante Alighieri. I guess it is to be expected the number of honoured poets will only increase with time.
The Old Quebec is extremely walkable, which makes it nicest to visit on sunny days. You can spend a whole day just walking, shopping in the many little shops, sitting at one of the many beautiful terraces, taking pictures of monuments and (in the summer) watching the boats on the water from the Old Port.
The Church of St. Michael is a very pretty church found in Sillery, just south of the University of Laval. Inspired by the neo-Gothic style, the decor of the church decor is amazing. Some very beautiful European paintings that were saved by Rev. Louis-Joseph Desjardins are displayed in the church. Actually, Rev. Desjardins acquired over two hundred paintings with the intention of saving them from the confiscation of religious objects that was being carried out by the government during the French Revolution. The collection that he was able to save was given the name "Fonds Desjardins" and today these paintings are found in various churches throughout Quebec City. Paintings by Antoine Plamondon, Eugene Hamel and Brother Luc and sculptures by Louis Jobin are also present in the church. The church is located at 1600 Rue Du Cardinal and is visible from the river.
I am going to conclude my shopping tips now. I highlighted the best area of Petit Champlain and some unique stores that I wondered into and bought stuff.
But to give you a general idea of the street you want to see, they include:
Petit Champlain - For all sorts of great stores and eating.
Place Royale - More great bistros and art galleries.
Sault au Matelot - A little more commerce oriented with banks and art galleries.
St. Paul - More great eating and art galleries, bistros, boutiques.
St. Jean - All sorts of great stores, restaurants and pubs.
St. Louis - More great restaurants and stores.
The art of metal "Repoussé" (embossing) , is slowly disappearing but not in the Gilles family.
For nearly 75 years, the Gilles family has been renowned for its metal craftsmanship.
Its founder, Albert Gilles, was born in Paris in 1895. He was, at the age of 11, introduced to the art of ¨Repoussé¨ (metal embossing) by his aunt, and very quickly, this hobby became a passion.
Since Albert's death in 1979 his family carries on the work. You can see in my picture his daughter demonstrating there skill for our tour group.
The most impressive peices where the fabulous story of the Life of Christ, told with minute details and passion, in 50 handwrought silver panels, and created by the mastercraftsman Albert Gilles, over a period of 15 years.
The craftmanship is very impressive and I bought a couple of Christmas Gifts there. If I had tonnes of money there were also much larger peices that were beautifully done.
The Museum is located along the road side at 7450, boulvard Ste-Anne Château-Richer. You just continue on past the Montmorency Falls. The building is very unsuspecting from the outside it is a converted hotel but very beautiful inside :-)
At Chez Marie you will find home style bread baked in outdoor ovens. Danish buns, croissants, and a full range of maple products on site. Indoor seating for 200. Very friendly.
There was also a cellar in the hill across the street.
During my visit on an organized tour I also tried some maple butter on the home made fresh bread, it was very very good to say the least :-)
I bought a couple bottles of it for the road!
Chez Marie was located about 30 kilometers from Quebec.
Take off your shoes and rest your feet in Quebec's newest town square. The Place de la Fao celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.
There are several street cafe's surrounding the fountain.
I was about 10 yrs. old when my parents took us to look for family in Canada...this little town north of Quebec. We stayed several days on the farm. First time I saw cows milked and slept in a feather bed. The neighbor brought this big pig over to our family's farm in order to "meet" our uncle's female pig. Hmmmm
If you want to try your hand at simulating fainting from exhaustion, try your hand at walking the Promenade (up 310 flights of stairs) to top (near the plains of Abraham).
Ok, so I actually did get a sense of satisfaction from walking those stairs. Kinda like Rocky did when he jogged up the steps and screamed Adrian!!!!. HAHAHHAHAHA.
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