Day 7 already and a very early start for a day visit to
The heart of French Canada, Quebec City is the only walled city in Canada, it stands proud on the St Lawrence River and is an enticing blend of winding cobbled streets, ancient churches, Norman-style houses, stone buildings, public squares and the horsedrawn calaches..
We were enchanted with the different architectural designs of the houses
chose the name Quebec in 1608 for the colonial outpost he would use as the administrative seat for the French colony of new France. Our tour took us past this beautiful fountain forming a roundabout
Cape Diamond, the highest point in Quebec, to the Plains of Abraham, a historic area within The Battlefields Park.
Battle of the Plains of Abraham, which took place on 13 September 1759, part of the French and Indian War.. On that date, British soldiers under the command of General Wolfe, climbed the steep cliff under the city in darkness, surprising and defeating the French, through a single deadly volley of musket fire, causing the battle to be over within 30 minutes. Both Wolfe and the French commander, the Marquis de Montcalm, died of their wounds, but the battle left control of Quebec City to the British, eventually allowing them to take control of Canada the following year.
Hundreds of acres of the fields became used for grazing, housing, and minor industrial structures. Only in 1908 was the land ceded to Quebec City, though administered by the specifically created and federally run National Battlefields Commission. The park is today used by 4 million visitors and tourists annually for sports, relaxation, outdoor concerts, and festivals.
The Joan of Arc Garden, is located in Battlefields Park, where a statue of a defiant Joan of Arc on horseback adds to the atmosphere.
We boarded the coach to continue our tour to the magnificent Parliament Building
The building's east-facing facade is adorned with a series of scultures that hearken back to significant events and figures in the founding of Canada and Quebec, if you zoom in on the picture above you will see them. Right in the centre is this Sculpture
We alighted the coach near Chateau Frontenac, which you can see to the right on this photo.
The next part of our tour took us down Rue St. Louis to Old Quebec
At the bottom of the hill we found this mural on the side of a building.
We continued our walk round the quaint cobbled streets
We had a lovely lunch in Pain Beni
Leaving Quebec, in the rain, we crossed the St. Lawrence river and were thrilled to see the Queen Mary 2 harboured in Quebec, if you zoom in you should be able to see her.
I hope you enjoyed our day in Quebec, we certainly did. Join me in Part 7 when we pass through Ottowa for our two night stay in Toronto.