Welcome back to Traveling with Krushworth.
On this episode, I’m enjoying everythinghistoric Quebec City has to offer.
Once the heart of New France, the city’sdowntown has an eclectic mix Of Canada’s colonial centuries as well as the Modern flairs of a vibrant, culture-rich centre.
With me as your travel guide, stroll the Dufferin Terrace By the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, ride thefunicular to Petit Champlain District and reflect at the Plains of Abrahambattlefield.
Adventure to the old quarter at night when the Lanterns are lit for an eerie ghost tour.
The next day brought a Journey to honour the fallen from the 1759battle that changed Canada’s history.
With my Air BNB nearby, my adventure beganon Rue Saint-Jean, A thriving hub of quaint shops, markets, restaurantsand the St.
Matthews churchyard and heritage graveyard.
Built outside the fortified walls, homes andbusinesses flourished along the street, which, at that moment in 1737, was the King’s Highway, linking Quebec City to nearby Montreal.
Quebec City’s leaders destroyed the districtin 1745 when the ramparts were changed, And in 1775 to prevent invading American patriotsfrom hiding among the houses.
Fires in the 19th century led to the Saint-Jeandistrict Being reimagined as a commercial district.
It’s a street visitors must see, not onlybecause its extraordinary Vibe offers a true French Canadian experience, but its history Is a window to a working class, not-to-be-missed city.
You’ve caught me having a rest on the stepsof the Governors Promenade I’m heading down towards the Dufferin Terrace itself That runs by the Chateau Frontenac and from there I’m going down into the streets of Old Quebec So c’mon, it’s going to be great and I’llshow you all the sights The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac was built between1892 and 1893 For the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Hotels for the rich opened Across the country, such as Banff NationalPark’s in 1887.
Quebec City’s showpiece reflects both Frenchand English cultures.
The hotel, named for Louis de Baude, Countof Frontenac, Has welcomed royalty, political figures andfilm stars over the years.
As a recognizable Canadian building and alandmark of Old Quebec, The chateau overlooks the Saint Lawrence River.
Thousands of travellers stroll the DufferinTerrace at the chateau’s base.
The hotel, which is a National Historic Site, was designed by American architect, Bruce Price and this chateauis a Throwback to a romantic era when wealthy touriststraveled by rail.
Step into a past age and descend the stairsto visit under the Dufferin Terrace.
It’s the ruins of the colonial Chateau St.
Louis, the forts And the seat of government for New Francegovernors.
Samuel De Champlain, founder of Quebec City, occupied the Chateau in 1620 and is said to have builtthe first terrace.
He died of a massive stroke there on ChristmasDay 1635.
So I’ve taken the funicular elevator downand I’m Walking along Rue de Petit Champlain but I’m In the old Champlain neighbourhood and these Streets maintain a mystery charm to them that I Haven’t seen in a long time.
But you know me, as I’m walking around I’ll show You all the sights.
See you later.
Visitors flock to Petit Champlain, an eclecticneighbourhood that Is the oldest commercial district in NorthAmerica.
Named after the city’s founder, this areais nestled below steep cliffs.
Clamber down the Breakneck Stairs, which werefirst constructed in the 17th century And continually restored over the years, ortake the Short ride on the funicular into the district.
But, as quaint as it is today, the lower townhas been the scene Of military campaigns like the 1759 Siegeof Quebec that saw The outlying villages burned and the citybombarded.
The 1775 attack saw American patriots repelledby English And French militia.
One of three attacks was cut down by cannon fire As invaders stormed today’s Rue Petit Champlain.
Even as history comes alive in the heritage-ladenlower town, It’s a must visit location known for itsshopping, restaurants, cafes And fantastic views of the ever present Chateau Frontenac.
Make your way from the Petit Champlain districtinto the city’s Old port and spend time in the market.
Baked treats, meats, Flowers, and numerous goods await travellersand residents alike.
Reflect on heritage at Place Royale, a destinationknown As the cradle of French civilization in Canada.
Champlain built the Protective habitation in 1608 in what wouldlater be lower town.
The founding fort was constructed on the siteof today’s Notre Dame des Victories church.
A second, fortified site was built by thefounder of New France and his men in 1624.
Stand on the habitatation’s foundation andimagine life in this Fort and the land that once was, centuries ago.
The city has changed, but its beating heartremains in lower town.
Notre-Dame-Des-Victoires church was builtin 1688 by Francois de Laval, As part of the habitation square, and waslater finished in 1723.
Today, it’s a religious site not to be missed.
As the sun set, plunging Old Quebec into night’scold grip, I returned to Rue Petit Champlain, a lanedevoid of most travellers.
The atmosphere was perfect for the city’sdark heritage to rule.
Take to the streets with excellent costumedguides through Ghost Tours of Quebec.
I was nervous, a bit scared, but remainedcurious About the morbid nature of the tales ahead.
With her cloak billowing behind, and withthe lantern flame wavering grimly, I followed the guide through true storiesof murder Most foul, sickness, grisly executions andspectral sightings.
The laneways of Quebec City are bustling duringthe day, But as night takes over, it’s these storiesthat provide the Dark take on a now modern Canadian city thatI’ll remember for years.
Built atop Cape Diamond, an easily-protectedelevated point of land above the river, The citadelle was constructed between 1820and 1831 in response to the War of 1812.
The citadel, referred to as the Gibraltarof America by Charles Dickens, Is part of a long line of changing militaryfortifications Leading back to the city’s French regime.
Today, the citadel remains an active militarybase, home to the Royal 22 Regiment.
I visited the citadel on Victoria Day whenthe Military conducted a 21-gun salute for theformer queen.
The streets of Quebec City’s upper townare perfect for exploration.
Visit the oldest house in Quebec, dated to1675, which is now The iconic restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens.
A place known for quaint restaurants, streetpaintings and art galleries, The upper district is also home to the MorrinCentre, the city’s former Prison and beautiful 19th century library.
Walk through the gates to the beautiful, historicSeminary, Which was founded by Francois de Laval in1663 to ensure evangelization in the diocese.
Laval was the first bishop of New France.
Today, the site welcomes students from acrossthe country to The campus of University de Laval, a postsecondary institution Which first opened its doors in 1852.
Constructed in 1647, Quebec’s Notre-DameBasilica Cathedral, The oldest in North America, has stood talland proud for centuries, And was rebuilt after the British bombardedthe city in 1759.
The cathedral is the burial site of Lavalhimself, who was Canonized as a Roman Catholic Saint in 2014, some 300 years after his death.
For many, it’s a place of deep spiritualsignificance.
As the site of the only Holy Door outsideEurope, Catholic leaders understand the rare ceremonyof passing through the portal As moving from this world into the presenceof God.
The Seven Years’ War, which spanned from1756 to 1763, encompassed five continents.
Clashes in North America led to major consequencesfor imperial rivals France and Britain.
Many in the province of Quebec know this conflictas the War of the Conquest.
Quebec City, a greatly-desired stronghold, was the heart of New France.
With me as your guide, visit the pivotal Plainsof Abraham battlefield To learn a vital chapter in Canada’s history.
During the summer preceding the 1759 battle, the British forces, Led by major general James Wolfe, heavilybombarded upper and Lower Quebec City, leaving the town in utter ruins.
A reign of further terror began in Augustand early September to draw French commander Louis-Joseph de Montcalmto battle.
1, 400 rural homes and farms were put to thetorch.
Horrific famine struck the residents.
Their city crumbled, Blasted by the British-held bastion acrossthe Saint Lawrence, but The French would not be drawn into open conflict.
Ultimately, it was a cove to the west thatwas Quebec City’s undoing.
Unaware that the British climbed the cliffs, the French were Shocked at the enemy at their gates on Sept.
1759 The battle commenced that day and was thebeginning of the end of French rule.
An impulsive Montcalm faced the organizedBritish without reinforcement on the plains.
The French army was defeated, but both Wolfeand Montcalm died as a result of the battle.
Montcalm, at that point grievously wounded, was brought to the Ursuline nuns’ chapel.
Upon his passing, he was buried in the chapel.
The city itself fell under British control.
Upon visiting the chapel, I learned Montcalmwas exhumed in 2001, 242 years after he was buried And returned once again with the men he onceled in the graveyard Outside the historic General Hospital, firstbuilt in 1692.
Some 1, 058 British, French and First Nationssoldiers rest there, laid down for the eternal sleep after thebattles fought on Canadian soil during the Seven Years’ War.
I had to see it for myself.
Having set off across the city, I stood inawe at the site, now commemorated by the war memorial, a terribleconflict that led to British control over a burgeoning nation.
I will not forget being at Montcalm’s tomb, a pivotal figure in history.
The monument, honouring the location of astill-to-be-determined mass grave, Was nothing short of unbelievable.
James Wolfe’s body was returned to Englandand he’s buried at Saint Alfege, Greenich.
I have one word for that experience and thatwas incredible I almost didn't want to do an update withinthe graveyard itself Because it just left me speechless.
They have the mass grave For most of the men who passed away duringthe Seven Years War And that includes the Plains of Abraham.
You can go to the field itself and see whereit took place and you can go to the museum and see someof the items But until you come and see where the men areactually buried That’s when you get the whole picture.
It’s not creepy, it’s not scary, it’sactually just a place of reverence And until next time, that’s going to be it.
See you later.
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