Tuesday, 3 May 2016


Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec in Canada. In 2015 the city had a population of 540,994, and the metropolitan area had a population of 806,400, making it the second most populous city in Quebec after Montreal, which is about 233 km to the southwest. The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River proximate to the city's promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows".

Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the 'Historic District of Old Québec'.

According to the federal and provincial governments, Québec is the city's official name in both French and English, although Quebec City (or its French equivalent, Ville de Québec) is commonly used, particularly to distinguish the city from the province. In French, the names of the province and the city are distinguished grammatically in that the province takes the definite article (le Québec, du Québec, au Québec, respectively 'the Quebec', 'from the Quebec', 'in the Quebec') and the city does not (Québec, de Québec, à Québec, respectively 'Quebec-city, 'from Quebec-city', 'in Quebec-city').

The city's famous landmarks include the Château Frontenac, a hotel which dominates the skyline, and La Citadelle, an intact fortress that forms the centre-piece of the ramparts surrounding the old city. The National Assembly of Quebec (provincial legislature), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec), and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization) are found within or near Vieux-Québec.

We visited the city in 1999, hence the relatively low quality of the photos, which were taken with an early model Olympus digital camera.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


  1. What a nice town.


  2. Beautiful....thanks for sharing this!

  3. I wouldn't call any of your photos "low quality". This is a lovely tour of a old and beautiful city. It is always interesting to learn a little of the history of such a great city. Thank you, Nick ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

  4. I haven't been there in years. Need to go back. Your photos are great.

  5. Gorgeous photos!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/05/snorkeling-on-saint-thomas.html

  6. I visited Quebec City once and just loved it -- cobblestone streets and the fort. Your images are fantastic!

  7. wow, that is some amazing buildings. Really great architexture :)

  8. I enjoyed the information and the photos. The streets looks like those of many other port cities, so charming!


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