Old Quebec and Place D’Youville
More Than 400 Years of History to Discover
Old Quebec blends the charm of Old Europe and the spirit of America to create its unique heritage. This fortified city—the only one north of Mexico—was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985 for its carefully conserved rich cultural history.
Within the fortifications of this historic district are a number of renowned restaurants, stores and major retailers. Saint-Jean Street is the main shopping street of Old Quebec, and this major artery becomes a pedestrian street in the summer, much to the delight of tourists and locals alike.
A Vibrant Cultural District
The area around Place D’Youville offers many rich artistic and cultural experiences, including performances at Palais Montcalm, the resident home of Les Violons du Roy, and Le Capitole, which presents dozens of variety and musical-comedy shows each year. Old Quebec’s Saint-Louis Street and the Petit Champlain neighbourhood are overflowing with art galleries and artisanal shops.
Within walking distance is the outstanding Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), with its new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, featuring modern art from Quebec as well as large international exhibitions.
The history of colonial America and Francophone culture is the focus of the Musée de l’Amérique francophone, based in a historic chapel on the Côte de la Fabrique.
In the Old Port, the Musée de la civilisation presents exhibitions exploring the human experience in unique ways through science, technology, ethnology, archeology and history.
There are numerous theatres and performance venues in the surrounding neighbourhoods: Théâtre du Trident, located in the Grand Théâtre du Québec, a cultural institution of Quebec City for almost 50 years; the Théâtre Petit Champlain maison de la chanson; La Bordée, which alternates between plays from Quebec and those in the international repertory; Les Gros Becs, a company offering shows for young audiences; Le Périscope, a theatre focused on new work; and Premier Acte, a venue showcasing work by emerging artists.