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This extraordinary national park, Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, located just north of Quebec City on the St Charles River, is run by the federal government as a record of explorer Jacques Cartier's interaction with the Iroquois natives in 1535. Visit the interpretive centre to sample cedar tea, view the Iroquois longhouse and functioning garden, take an educational tour of the entire site, or just amble through the beautiful grounds by bike or on foot. The staff is fluent in both French and English, but be sure to call ahead for specific activity information.
Artillery Park National Historic Site was both a French and British barracks, and was functioning as a munitions factory as recently as the early 1960s. Visitors can tour the fully-restored dining room, kitchen and drawing room, as well as the officers' mess hall and industrial buildings. The interpretive center offers a fascinating multimedia journey through the history of the site and Quebec City itself.
Built in 1817, Chapelle des Jésuites is one of the earliest places of worship in the old city. Right from the eye-catching steeple to the stellar architectural features inside, the original features of the church have been well-preserved. Designed by renowned architect, Francois Baillarge, the church features notable works of historic art including the striking stained-glass windows as well as statues. The church provides reading material for those keen to know more about its history and features, and also offers guided tours. Call for more information.
A star-shaped enclosed fortification located atop the promontory of Cap Diamant, the Citadelle of Quebec contains 300 years of military history within its stone-cut Vauban walls. Constructed out of sandstone between 1820 and 1850, this grand British fortress rests on four bastions and three curtain walls and comprises of 24 buildings. The citadel is popularly known as the Gibraltar of America, and is the official residence of the Canadian monarch and the Governor-General of Canada, besides also functioning as an active military structure. Owing to its longstanding military association, the Royal 22e Régiment of the Canadian Forces is stationed here. One of the most significant landmarks of Quebec, the Citadelle of Quebec invites droves of tourists to take a guided tour of the fortress and the museum, witness the awe-inspiring changing of the guard and enjoy sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River from its historic ramparts.
A bicycle is an option if you wish to explore the city at a leisurely pace, but don't want a lot of walking. You'll find everything you'll need to get biking around the city at Cyclo Services. Choose from a fantastic array of tours that span some of the most popular areas of the city. Experienced tour guides and a choice of bikes to suit your preference makes the tours, a pleasant experience. Besides this, the store offers a comprehensive array of bicycles as well as parts and accessories from reputed brands. They offer bike rentals as well if you'd like to go on your own.
One of the most beautiful structures at the citadel, this sprawling mansion is one of the official residences of the Governor General of Canada. Constructed in 1831 as part of the citadel, the mansion is one of the city's architectural gems. Visitors can explore this stately residence through the guided tours available year round. Apart from the striking architectural features, visitors will appreciate the rich collection of artwork as well as learn about the governor's official duties. There's a series of interesting activities for kids as well. Check website for more.