Most Beautiful Historical Sites in Quebec
Although Quebec is in a young country, the province has a rich cultural heritage. Thanks to these 10 historical sites, discover your origins and relive another era.
1) The Old Prison of Trois-Rivières
Built in 1815, the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières welcomed hundreds of prisoners until 1986. Classified as a historic monument, the Old Prison is an architectural and cultural richness. The guided tour through the prison walls is about 1h15 and includes a visit of the dungeons. Through the life of the prisoners, you will discover a story that is both captivating and touching.
Located just 1 minute from Hôtels Gouverneur Trois-Rivières, discover the Old Prison with our package.
2) Château Ramezay (Montreal)
Built in 1705 as residence for Montreal Governor, Claude de Ramezay, this residence lived several key periods of Montreal. Many illustrious figures have set foot there, including Benjamin Franklin and Émile Nelligan. Today, Château Ramezay is both a museum and a historical site. Through various permanent and temporary exhibitions, relive many historical periods.
3) Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historical Site (Rimouski)
Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site takes you back to the past with its three main attractions: the Empress of Ireland, the Onondaga submarine and the lighthouse. Relive the biggest maritime tragedy of Canadian history when the Empress of Ireland sunk near Pointe-au-Père. Become a submariner by climbing on the Onondaga, which was used for over 40 years! Complete your visit by admiring the view from the top of the lighthouse erected in 1909!
Created in 1901, Val-Jalbert was a company village owned entirely by the Ouiatchouan pulp company. The villagers all contributed to the pulp mill for commercial purposes. The village was short-lived as the mill closed in 1927. With its restored houses, post office and general store, this ghost village now became a major tourist attraction.
5) La route des Belles-histoires (Laurentides)
Discover the Laurentians through its rail network. 284 km long, Le P'tit Train du Nord was a major help for the colonization of the region.The Route des Belles-Histoires has more than sixty historical places to discover. Museums, enchanting landscapes, historic buildings, learn more about the beautiful Laurentian region.
6) Old Quebec City (Quebec)
Built in 1608, Quebec City is at the very heart of the province's history. Walk through Old Quebec, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Basilica-Notre-Dame Cathedral of Quebec, the Jesuit chapel, the Château Frontenac, are just a few of the many monuments you can admire. Do not forget to take a walk on the walls and admire plains of Abraham, a place full of history!
7) Old Port of Montreal
A few steps from downtown, the Old Port of Montreal has several historic pearls. Notre-Dame Basilica, the first neo-gothic church built in Canada, took only 35 months to be built. You will also love the cobbled streets giving a unique character to the city.
8) Old Sept-Îles trading post
The fur trade has been a key factor in the history of Quebec. In Sept-Îles you have the chance to visit an authentic trading post where French settlers came to trade with the Innu of the Sainte-Marguerite and Moisie rivers in 1673. During your visit to the Old Post Office in Sept-Îles, you will learn more about the cohabitation of the Innu people with the settlers.
9) Fort Chambly National Historic Site
Built in 1711 as defense against the English, Fort Chambly immerses you in another era. You will particularly like people dressed in costume and the reconstitution activities offered on site. You can also make an architecture introduction thanks to a guided tour of the fort.
10) Grosse-Île and the Irish Memorial
Relive the dark past of Grosse-Île, which served as a quarantine site from 1832 to 1937. Located in the middle of the Saint-Laurent River, more than 5,000 people, mostly Irish, died there during the epidemics of typhus and cholera. Pay a visit to the memorial erected in their honor.