Québec Part 2 — A First Look at Upper Town


Upper Town Québec

Upper Town Québec

After spending perhaps an hour in the Lower Town section of Québec, and knowing full well that we would be passing through Lower Town again on our way back to the ship, we made our way to Upper Town via the Old Québec Funicular. Reaching the top and stepping out of the funicular was a bit like being instantaneously transported to France:

Upper Town Québec

Upper Town Québec

Indeed for a moment I thought we were in Paris:

Is This Paris?

Is This Paris?

Leave it to the Ministry of Finance to have such an expensive looking façade, and with a very photogenic clock tower:

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Finance

Even the old Québec Post Office, dating back to 1873, has that Old World flair:

Old Post Office Building

Old Post Office Building

And then there is that explosion of color that awaits you when you stroll through the more commercial streets of Upper Town. Here is a view of the shops along Rue Sainte-Anne taken from the park across the street and next to the Ministry of Finance building:

Rue Sainte-Anne near the Château Frontenac and Ministry of Finance

Rue Sainte-Anne near the Château Frontenac and Ministry of Finance

On Fun Photo Friday I will present some of my favorite shots of both Lower and Upper Town Québec. Until then, click on any of the images below to begin your tour of Upper Town Québec:

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5 responses to “Québec Part 2 — A First Look at Upper Town

  1. This is not what we call upper town or lower town here in Quebec. You were in the old quebec, quartier Little Champlain and in the old port. Upper town is to the west of Honoré-Mercier and lower town is St-Roch and St-Sauveur.

    Look here : https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zo1lNNUKJ23w.kQxpSFmFya24

    Great pictures!

    • Thanks, Meho. Guess my sources left a little bit to be desired on that point. I was basing that on this:

      The Old Quebec Funicular (French: Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec) is a funicular railway in the Old Quebec neighbourhood of the city of Quebec in Canada. It links the Haute-Ville (Upper Town) to the Basse-Ville (Lower Town), which includes such sites as the ancient Notre Dame des Victoires church, the historic Petit Champlain district, the port, and the Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization).

      • I guess their translation of Upper Town and Lower Town is based on the simple definition of « up » and « down ». Not on the real parts of the city of Quebec.

        If you look closely on the map that I made, the lower town is really more north of the Upper Town. It is even tagged « basse-ville » on the Google map.

        If you tell someone to Quebec to have a drink with him in Lower Town, he will never think of the Petit Champlain district but rather to St Joseph street.

        Have a great day!

  2. Thanks, Meho. Have a great day as well!

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