Quebec: A 17th Century French Town

To read about Quebec City is one thing; to actually see it on a picture-perfect summer day is another. Who knew that there was a 17th century French town right here in North America? And that it’s the only city in North America that still has a wall around it? Well, obviously a lot of people knew; but we didn’t until today.


The city sits on a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River; in fact the name Quebec is borrowed from the Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows.” It was a strategic place for the French, and later the British to establish a garrison, and then build a city. Today it is where ships from all over the world begin their journey to The Great Lakes (maybe that ship is headed to Duluth).


Stepping into the old city (or in our case, driving into it) is like stepping into France. The narrow streets are lined by gorgeous stone houses and other buildings, many of which have been there for hundreds of years.


There are a numerous old stone churches as well; unfortunately, many of them are no longer religious venues, but have been converted into condos, stores, or art galleries.

Move over Ottawa and Victoria; Quebec City has now moved to the top of my list of “most beautiful cities in North America.”