A key feature of the Upper Town of Old Quebec, the Fortifications are a designated National Historic Site that reveals the city’s military past through both the French and British colonial regimes. These massive walls, originally built in the early 1600s, consist of approximately five kilometers (eight miles) of stone ramparts that also incorporate four impressive stone gates. Visitors can explore the walls and get a broader, bird’s-eye view of the old city.
Fortifications of Quebec, 2 Rue d’Auteuil, Quebec City, QC, Canada, +1 418 648 7016
Quebec’s City Hall, complete in 1896, is also an example of the Second Empire style, with classical and medieval elements incorporated into its design. With the Notre Dame Basilica by its side and Château Frontenac in the background, L’Hôtel de Ville comprises part of the iconic and much-photographed vignette of Quebec City architecture, with its towers and turrets.
L’Hôtel de Ville, 2 Rue des Jardins, Quebec City, QC, Canada, +1 418 641 6010
Standing atop the escarpment of Cap Diamant and overlooking the city’s Upper Town, the impressive Fairmont Le Château Frontenac dates back to 1893. A designated National Historic Site since 1980, this Neo-Château-style structure is generally recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world. A prominent feature of the Quebec City skyline, the Château Frontenac incorporates numerous towers and turrets, making it look like a fairytale castle in any season.
Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Quebec City, QC, Canada, +1 418 692 3861