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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
+1 418-692-2777
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The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lower town” (500 reviews)
“basse ville” (78 reviews)
“art galleries” (63 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-692-2777
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you don't even enter one shop or restaurant, this place provides a thousand photo opportunities. Well worth a visit, a great place to enjoy.

Thank Steppin-owt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area is straight down the hill from Upper Old Town. Unless you’re the super-athletic type, the way to travel between the two is the funicular, which gives a nice little cable-car ride between Terrasse Dufferin in Upper Town and Rue Petit-Champlain in Lower Town....More

Thank Lisa Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did a walking tour of this area and just didn't have enough time to do the area correctly. So much to see and so little time. Lots of kooks and cranny's to explore. Yes, you will feel that you stepped back in time and were...More

Thank parrottdize
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most interesting part of town to visit. It is a must see as far as I am concerned. Many shops and restaurants. You can imagine what it would have been like 200 years ago. We walked from the citadel on the path...More

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located down below the main city and right on the majestic St. Lawrence River, this almost looks too good to be real. Quaint streets and old stone buildings abound. Mostly shopping and a few very good (but touristy) restaurants, plus some nice views looking back...More

Thank ParkerSturbridge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No matter where you start or where you wander, there is something to see and enjoy in the lower section of the town. Small quaint buildings, shops, restaurants, etc. We were disappointed that the church was closed in the middle of the day, but didn't...More

Thank Julie32159
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first trip to Quebec City. We were originally scheduled to go to Puerto Rico but with things as they are there now we opted to change our plans. And, thankful that we did and could. It's every bit as delightful and fun...More

Thank AhDragonfly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lower Town was an unexpected delight, while the Upper Town is more grandiose, Lower Town has authentic quaint stone structures, cobblestone walkways, you get a glimpse of how it must have felt to walk around here over the decades and centuries from when the town...More

Thank Mary Ellen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved visiting Old Town Quebec City, especially the Lower Town. It is a must see if you visit this city. There are shops, restaurants and several street musicians. A real treat for us.

Thank Twickes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shops, food, views, unexpected art works! Do not miss Basse-Ville! Walk down then use the funicular to go up to Haute-Ville.

Thank 3530cp
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3 June 2016|
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Response from David B | Reviewed this property |
Don't let the rain (or snow) deter you. The city, with its narrow streets and cobblestones, and hilliness becomes a reflective canvas, with sparkles of light from many sources. It can be quite magical to be out and about.
Madelyn P
19 October 2015|
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Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The ferry leaves from lower town and crosses the river to Levis. It appears to run frequently and Is supposed to be worthwhile but we did not do it
31 July 2015|
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Response from CharlotteKelowna | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Old Quebec City. If you are several miles away,talk to the hotel concierge and ask for the bus number to get to Old Quebec.Once you arrived in the vicinity, don't even think of public transportation, but walk... More