The Oldest City in New France
Pretty and well-maintained, Québec City is located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River and is dominated by majestic Chateau Frontenac, the symbolic hotel of the capital, known for its fairytale architecture offering a spectacular view of the surrounding roads and green areas.
The excursions around this Canadian metropolis available on your MSC Cruise are numerous: visiting Quebec City is like taking a trip into the past where the city’s four hundred years of history can be seen everywhere. The entire old city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to the amazing set of human works of art and architecture and the natural beauty that is found everywhere.
One of the most beautiful tours that you can take while on your MSC cruise will be the one into Old Québec: after a walk around the Upper Town admiring the ancient gray stone religious buildings and views of the great river, the tour passes through the streets and squares of the Lower City, the central core that spurred the development of Québec City. Here you will have the feeling of being in New France three to four centuries ago, with a Parisian atmosphere and an urban-architectural imprint that is very similar to European cities.
Of the tours that venture outside the city, at just 10 kilometers from the center, Montmorency Falls is not to be missed. At 85 meters high, they are among the ten highest waterfalls in Canada. Paths and stairs lead to the top: you can climb up on foot or go by cable car and enjoy an exceptional view overlooking the river and modern bridge that leads to Ile de Orléans, the lush green island in front of the city.
Another excursion you can take while on your MSC cruise is to Sainte-Anne de Beaupré sanctuary, one of the great pilgrimage destinations in North America.
Québec City, Canada’s fortified citadel, is without a doubt a delightful, stimulating jewel in this large country which can be visited on foot and where it is easy to meet people, go to events and visit art galleries.