Québec – Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site
I love things that are old. I love the fact that they have a story to tell. I feel thrilled when I think about what all they would have seen. I like to believe that they are even carrying along a secret from another time.
And so I like visiting ruins and buildings from another era. It gives me goosebumps, the good kind.
Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site is one of such places. These fortifications are the remaining ramparts of the fortified city walls of Old Québec (Québec city is the capital of Canadian province of Québec).
The Old Québec was under French government and in early 1690s, the French began building walls on the cliffs around the city to protect it against British invasion. However, they could never complete it and in 1759, the British invaders took over the city. The British completed the fortification of the city to protect it against the Americans. The ramparts thus build encircled the entire city.
Québec is the only city in North America to have conserved a major part of its defense systems from that period. Because of this, the site has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
To enjoy these fortifications, you need to walk along with them. You will cross some old city gates, some original artifacts and plenty of old world charm.
Doesn’t matter where you go in old Quebec, remnants from these fortifications will peek at you. There are portions where you can even walk on top of the walls of the fort. As you venture on top of these walls, you get a picturesque view of the city and the St. Lawrence River that flows right next to it.
If you are interested in history, you can take a guided tour. For visitor information regarding hours of operation, entry fees, activities taking place in the park and contact information, click here.
Walking around here kinda feels like Europe, however, it is different kind of magical. Add a buggy ride and you will have for yourself an enchanting travel day.
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