Haute-Ville is the upper town of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Québec and contains some of the city’s most impressive buildings, monuments, and churches.
After climbing the stairs from Basse-Ville (Lower Town), I looked up and saw the Édifice Louis-S.-St-Laurent, a Canada Post building completed in 1873. In front is a monument to François de Laval, the first Bishop of New France. He was canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church in 2014 and is entombed at Notre-Dame de Québec.
From there, I walked up to the very imposing Château Frontenac, a hotel built in 1893 by architect Bruce Price as one of a series of hotels for Canadian Pacific Railway. Sitting in front of the hotel is a garden honoring the city’s UNESCO designation and a monument to Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Québec in 1608.
Along the front of the hotel is Terrasse Dufferin, a wooden walkway that offers sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River landscape. It was built in 1879 by Lord Dufferin and features several cannons that were captured by the British from the Russians during the Crimean War. There are plenty of benches to sit, relax, and take in the scenery. You can also take the funicular to Base-Ville from Terrasse Dufferin.
Place d’Armes, a park in front of Château Frontenac, features the Monument de la Foi, erected in 1916. It commemorates the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Récollets, the first successful missionaries to arrive in New France. Across the street to the east is the Musée du fort, showcasing the military history of Québec.
The southwest corner of Place d’Armes is the location of Édifice Gérard-D.-Lévesque, built in 1887. It was originally the Palace of Justice but now houses the Ministry of Finance. The road leading west is the colorful Rue Saint-Louis, which takes you past several cafes and shops. It also leads outside of Vieux-Québec (Old City) to the Citadelle de Québec and Hôtel du Parlement.
After lunch, I walked down Rue Sainte-Anne and then down Rue du Trésor. This street, like many others, is full of cafes and shops, but what sets it apart are all of the artists selling their creations on the street. It was probably the street that had the most life on it in Vieux-Québec.
At the other end of Rue du Trésor I found Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, which is the location of the Hôtel de ville de Québec, built in 1896 as Québec’s city hall. On the other end is Notre-Dame de Québec, the city’s most important Catholic church.
Finally, I took a stroll down Rue des Remparts, which follows the old city walls. It’s decorated with cannons and passes by several historic buildings, including the Petit Séminaire.