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  • Address: Petit-Champlain, Quebec, Canada
  • Hours: Daily

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Petit-Champlain Tours

At the foot of Cap Diamant in the historic Lower Town (Basse-Ville) of Quebec City, the Petit-Champlain quartier is one of the oldest spots in the city and said to be home to the oldest commercial street in North America; Rue du Petit-Champlain.

In the beginning of Quebec’s history, Petit-Champlain was little more than portside village made up of just a few homes and fur trading posts. Today, after a huge urban restoration project, the quartier is bursting with sidewalk cafes, galleries, restaurants, and boutiques hidden down narrow cobblestone streets. The area is also well-known as an artists’ enclave, and nearly fifty of its stores are run by a local artists’ co-op.

On the side of 102 Rue du Petit-Champlain, look out for a huge trompe-l'œil. Designed by Murale Création, the famous mural shows different stages of Quebec’s history, from the bombardments to the landslides to the people who set down their roots here by the shores of St Lawrence.

Petit-Champlain is also home to the famous Breakneck Stairs that connect Upper and Lower Town. The oldest stairs in the city, they were first built in 1635 and given their terrifying nickname in the mid-19th century. Don’t worry, though. More recent renovations mean they’re not as scary as they sound!

Practical Info

Part of the Vieux Quebec UNESCO World Heritage site, Petit-Champlain sits at the bottom of Breakneck Stairs and the funicular connecting the Upper and Lower Town.

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Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour, Quebec City, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 132 Reviews

One of the best ways to experience all of the charming sites of Quebec City is by foot. On this 2.5-hour private walking tour, visit Place d’Hôtel de ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.91
Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour, Quebec City, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Pedal along the bike-friendly streets of Old Quebec’s Lower Town on an easy 2.5-hour guided bike tour. A knowledgeable guide steers you toward the district's ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.13
Quebec City Day Tour from Montreal, Montreal, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Quebec City Day Tour from Montreal

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 3 Reviews

On this exciting day tour, you'll journey to Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America. Stop at Capital Observatory and explore Quebec City and ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.71

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