Things to do in Quebec City | Canada travel (food) guide | tourism attractions video

Things to do in Quebec City | Canada travel (food) guide | tourism attractions video

Welcome back to Traveling with Krushworth. On this episode, I’m enjoying everything
historic Quebec City has to offer. Once the heart of New France, the city’s
downtown has an eclectic mix Of Canada’s colonial centuries as well as the Modern flairs of a vibrant, culture-rich centre. With me as your travel guide, stroll the Dufferin Terrace By the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, ride the
funicular to Petit Champlain District and reflect at the Plains of Abraham
battlefield. Adventure to the old quarter at night when the Lanterns are lit for an eerie ghost tour. The next day brought a Journey to honour the fallen from the 1759
battle that changed Canada’s history. With my Air BNB nearby, my adventure began
on Rue Saint-Jean, A thriving hub of quaint shops, markets, restaurants
and the St. Matthews churchyard and heritage graveyard. Built outside the fortified walls, homes and
businesses flourished along the street, which, at that moment in 1737, was the King’s Highway, linking Quebec City to nearby Montreal. Quebec City’s leaders destroyed the district
in 1745 when the ramparts were changed, And in 1775 to prevent invading American patriots
from hiding among the houses. Fires in the 19th century led to the Saint-Jean
district Being reimagined as a commercial district. It’s a street visitors must see, not only
because its extraordinary Vibe offers a true French Canadian experience,
but its history Is a window to a working class, not-to-be-missed city. You’ve caught me having a rest on the steps
of the Governors Promenade I’m heading down towards the Dufferin Terrace itself That runs by the Chateau Frontenac and from there I’m going down into the streets of Old Quebec So c’mon, it’s going to be great and I’ll
show you all the sights The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac was built between
1892 and 1893 For the Canadian Pacific Railway. Hotels for the rich opened Across the country, such as Banff National
Park’s in 1887. Quebec City’s showpiece reflects both French
and English cultures. The hotel, named for Louis de Baude, Count
of Frontenac, Has welcomed royalty, political figures and
film stars over the years. As a recognizable Canadian building and a
landmark of Old Quebec, The chateau overlooks the Saint Lawrence River. Thousands of travellers stroll the Dufferin
Terrace at the chateau’s base. The hotel, which is a National Historic Site,
was designed by American architect, Bruce Price and this chateau
is a Throwback to a romantic era when wealthy tourists
traveled by rail. Step into a past age and descend the stairs
to visit under the Dufferin Terrace. It’s the ruins of the colonial Chateau St.
Louis, the forts And the seat of government for New France
governors. Samuel De Champlain, founder of Quebec City,
occupied the Chateau in 1620 and is said to have built
the first terrace. He died of a massive stroke there on Christmas
Day 1635. So I’ve taken the funicular elevator down
and I’m Walking along Rue de Petit Champlain but I’m In the old Champlain neighbourhood and these Streets maintain a mystery charm to them that I Haven’t seen in a long time. But you know me, as I’m walking around I’ll show You all the sights. See you later. Visitors flock to Petit Champlain, an eclectic
neighbourhood that Is the oldest commercial district in North
America. Named after the city’s founder, this area
is nestled below steep cliffs. Clamber down the Breakneck Stairs, which were
first constructed in the 17th century And continually restored over the years, or
take the Short ride on the funicular into the district. But, as quaint as it is today, the lower town
has been the scene Of military campaigns like the 1759 Siege
of Quebec that saw The outlying villages burned and the city
bombarded. The 1775 attack saw American patriots repelled
by English And French militia. One of three attacks was cut down by cannon fire As invaders stormed today’s Rue Petit Champlain. Even as history comes alive in the heritage-laden
lower town, It’s a must visit location known for its
shopping, restaurants, cafes And fantastic views of the ever present Chateau Frontenac. Make your way from the Petit Champlain district
into the city’s Old port and spend time in the market. Baked treats, meats, Flowers, and numerous goods await travellers
and residents alike. Reflect on heritage at Place Royale, a destination
known As the cradle of French civilization in Canada. Champlain built the Protective habitation in 1608 in what would
later be lower town. The founding fort was constructed on the site
of today’s Notre Dame des Victories church. A second, fortified site was built by the
founder of New France and his men in 1624. Stand on the habitatation’s foundation and
imagine life in this Fort and the land that once was, centuries ago. The city has changed, but its beating heart
remains in lower town. Notre-Dame-Des-Victoires church was built
in 1688 by Francois de Laval, As part of the habitation square, and was
later finished in 1723. Today, it’s a religious site not to be missed. As the sun set, plunging Old Quebec into night’s
cold grip, I returned to Rue Petit Champlain, a lane
devoid of most travellers. The atmosphere was perfect for the city’s
dark heritage to rule. Take to the streets with excellent costumed
guides through Ghost Tours of Quebec. I was nervous, a bit scared, but remained
curious About the morbid nature of the tales ahead. With her cloak billowing behind, and with
the lantern flame wavering grimly, I followed the guide through true stories
of murder Most foul, sickness, grisly executions and
spectral sightings. The laneways of Quebec City are bustling during
the day, But as night takes over, it’s these stories
that provide the Dark take on a now modern Canadian city that
I’ll remember for years. Built atop Cape Diamond, an easily-protected
elevated point of land above the river, The citadelle was constructed between 1820
and 1831 in response to the War of 1812. The citadel, referred to as the Gibraltar
of America by Charles Dickens, Is part of a long line of changing military
fortifications Leading back to the city’s French regime. Today, the citadel remains an active military
base, home to the Royal 22 Regiment. I visited the citadel on Victoria Day when
the Military conducted a 21-gun salute for the
former queen. The streets of Quebec City’s upper town
are perfect for exploration. Visit the oldest house in Quebec, dated to
1675, which is now The iconic restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens. A place known for quaint restaurants, street
paintings and art galleries, The upper district is also home to the Morrin
Centre, the city’s former Prison and beautiful 19th century library. Walk through the gates to the beautiful, historic
Seminary, Which was founded by Francois de Laval in
1663 to ensure evangelization in the diocese. Laval was the first bishop of New France. Today, the site welcomes students from across
the country to The campus of University de Laval, a post
secondary institution Which first opened its doors in 1852. Constructed in 1647, Quebec’s Notre-Dame
Basilica Cathedral, The oldest in North America, has stood tall
and proud for centuries, And was rebuilt after the British bombarded
the city in 1759. The cathedral is the burial site of Laval
himself, who was Canonized as a Roman Catholic Saint in 2014,
some 300 years after his death. For many, it’s a place of deep spiritual
significance. As the site of the only Holy Door outside
Europe, Catholic leaders understand the rare ceremony
of passing through the portal As moving from this world into the presence
of God. The Seven Years’ War, which spanned from
1756 to 1763, encompassed five continents. Clashes in North America led to major consequences
for imperial rivals France and Britain. Many in the province of Quebec know this conflict
as the War of the Conquest. Quebec City, a greatly-desired stronghold,
was the heart of New France. With me as your guide, visit the pivotal Plains
of Abraham battlefield To learn a vital chapter in Canada’s history. During the summer preceding the 1759 battle,
the British forces, Led by major general James Wolfe, heavily
bombarded upper and Lower Quebec City, leaving the town in utter ruins. A reign of further terror began in August
and early September to draw French commander Louis-Joseph de Montcalm
to battle. 1,400 rural homes and farms were put to the
torch. Horrific famine struck the residents. Their city crumbled, Blasted by the British-held bastion across
the Saint Lawrence, but The French would not be drawn into open conflict. Ultimately, it was a cove to the west that
was Quebec City’s undoing. Unaware that the British climbed the cliffs,
the French were Shocked at the enemy at their gates on Sept. 13. 1759 The battle commenced that day and was the
beginning of the end of French rule. An impulsive Montcalm faced the organized
British without reinforcement on the plains. The French army was defeated, but both Wolfe
and Montcalm died as a result of the battle. Montcalm, at that point grievously wounded, was brought to the Ursuline nuns’ chapel. Upon his passing, he was buried in the chapel. The city itself fell under British control. Upon visiting the chapel, I learned Montcalm
was exhumed in 2001, 242 years after he was buried And returned once again with the men he once
led in the graveyard Outside the historic General Hospital, first
built in 1692. Some 1,058 British, French and First Nations
soldiers rest there, laid down for the eternal sleep after the
battles fought on Canadian soil during the Seven Years’ War. I had to see it for myself. Having set off across the city, I stood in
awe at the site, now commemorated by the war memorial, a terrible
conflict that led to British control over a burgeoning nation. I will not forget being at Montcalm’s tomb,
a pivotal figure in history. The monument, honouring the location of a
still-to-be-determined mass grave, Was nothing short of unbelievable. James Wolfe’s body was returned to England
and he’s buried at Saint Alfege, Greenich. I have one word for that experience and that
was incredible I almost didn’t want to do an update within
the graveyard itself Because it just left me speechless. They have the mass grave For most of the men who passed away during
the Seven Years War And that includes the Plains of Abraham. You can go to the field itself and see where
it took place and you can go to the museum and see some
of the items But until you come and see where the men are
actually buried That’s when you get the whole picture. It’s not creepy, it’s not scary, it’s
actually just a place of reverence And until next time, that’s going to be it. See you later. Thanks for watching this episode of Traveling
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9 thoughts on “Things to do in Quebec City | Canada travel (food) guide | tourism attractions video

  1. I've seen videos for this very special city but yours has been the only one that truly gets it! History of actual souls who fought and died….quite humbling. I do plan on visiting. And take it ALL in . To feel and experience the moment and share it with God . Thank you sir.

  2. This has been one of the most useful videos on Quebec City that I've found so far in preparation for my trip there in a month. You pointed out a lot of cool sites and places to eat. Also great description of the histories. Thanks!

  3. Don't hesitate to continue traveling with me. Take a return trip to Ottawa or enjoy Montreal

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