AAA Editor Notes
Place-Royale, at the center of Lower Town, is the birthplace of Québec City, one of the first successful settlements in New France. Samuel de Champlain first established an abitation, or trading post, here in 1608. Despite a ruinous fire in 1682 and numerous attacks by the British, who finally captured the city in 1759, the area has been preserved virtually as it was during the 18th century.
Events and entertainment take place in the summer. Along the St. Lawrence are the docks for the Québec-Lévis ferry on rue des Traversiers and for the sightseeing boat MV Louis Jolliet, Quai Chouinard at 10 rue Dalhousie.
Guided 45-minute tours of Place-Royale depart from the interpretation center at 27 rue Notre-Dame. Narration in English and French is offered; the language used during the tour is determined by the preference of the first registered participant for that tour. Self-guiding themed tours and podcasts also are available; phone ahead for more information.
Guided tours are available.