This small cobblestone square in the Old Port is where it all started—the site where Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City in 1608. Presiding over it is Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, one of Canada's oldest stone churches and almost as old as the square itself, having been built in 1688. Today Place-Royale is mostly lined with boutiques and restaurants housed in carefully restored buildings. Visitors wanting to learn about the city's early history should drop by the Place-Royale Museum (Centre d'interprétation de Place-Royale) on the west side of the square.
By John Newton, AFAR Ambassador
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3 Place Royale, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4G3, Canada
Sun 11am - 8pm
Mon - Thur 11am - 5:30pm
Fri, Sat 11am - 9pm