Located on the St. Lawrence River, Québec City is a destination that teems with history. It was founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain and is one of the oldest European-founded cities in North America.
The provincial capital is home to a number of places that help students explore heritage and culture, including Parliament, the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, Morrin Center, and the Citadel of Québec.
The National Assembly offers free guided tours of the Parliament Building, touching upon the details of the history and workings of Québec’s parliamentary institutions and highlighting the treasure trove of art found within the walls.
Four centuries of history can be discovered at the Fortifications of Québec. Students can take part in a scavenger hunt, go on a guided tour with a Parks Canada docent, enjoy the Tea With the Officers session at Artillery Park, and visit the costume workshop.
At the Morrin Center, which was built more than 200 years ago as the city’s first prison, school groups can unpack the tales and legends of colorful local characters as they walk through the rows and rows of cells. At the Citadel, students can take in the breathtaking views of the river, city, and countryside, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony (held daily at 10 a.m. from mid-June to early September).
Top Educational Attractions
The Plains of Abraham
Huron-Wendat First Nations Museum
Top Recreational Attractions
Village Vacances Valcartier
Mega Parc and Galeries de la Capitale
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