Quebec City Districts & Neighbourhoods
Quartier Petit Champlain (Little Champlain Quarter) claims to be the oldest commercial district in North America. Located at the foot of the cliffs, below the Dufferin Terrace and the Chateau Frontenac, it is centred along the narrow cobblestone rue du Petit-Champlain and features boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
This is one of the oldest settlements in North America. It is the birthplace of French Civilization on this continent. Samuel de Champlain began its construction in 1608, creating the first permanent settlement in New France. Today Place-Royale has been restored to make the most of its 400 years of history. Boutiques and restaurants are featured alongside the old churches and museums.
A top destination in the city for its extensive selection of shops and restaurants, this vibrant and historic district has undergone major urban revival, including renovations to many major landmarks and street scapes. Located in the downtown district, the neighborhood is situated in the areas along Charest boulevard and St-Joseph street.
Located to the east of Québec City, la Côte-de-Beaupré (the Beaupré Coast) stretches along the historic Route de la Nouvelle France from Boischatel to St-Joachim, and far north into the expansive Laurentians Wilderness Preserve. The most famous attraction on the coast is probably the basilica at the shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. The coast's natural attractions are also impressive, including Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canyon Sainte-Anne, les Sept Chutes (the Seven Waterfalls), and the Cap-Tourmente wildlife preserve.
Bordering the St. Lawrence River, Lower Town (Basse-Ville) is where the original Quebec City settlement was. Place-Royale and Musée de la Civilization are a couple of the attractions that are located in this area of Old Quebec.
Located southwest of Old Quebec, this district includes some of Quebec City's most notable attractions, including the Plains of Abraham and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec. Running from Salaberry avenue southwest to Belvedere avenue, the vibrant residential community is home to many shops, restaurants and gallery spaces, especially along its main commercial core, Cartier avenue.
Thoroughfares dating back to 1665, the Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada, extensive parkland and pathway systems along the Saint Charles river and bustling commercial activity are highlights of this historic district, located just north of downtown Quebec City.
Place d'Youville is a lively district within Old Quebec City. It is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, and, during the summer, street performers. A large outdoor skating rink is located in the heart of this district that is available for use during winter months.