9800 Boulevard Ste-Anne
Ste Anne de Beaupre, QC G0A 3C0
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The first of the ten chapels of this Basilica, one of Canada's most famous Catholic Shrines and places of pilgrimage, was built in 1658. A beautiful statue of Saint Anne can be seen inside the chapel; often referred to as the Statue of Miracles because it has ostensibly answered many prayers. The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is located across from the Saint Lawrence River in a beautiful, tranquil setting, about 20 minutes east of Quebec City. Free Admission for all.
Located in St-Joachim, about a half hour east of Quebec City, this magnificent gorge carries the Saint-Anne-du-Nord River towards Saint Lawrence. Hordes of visitors come to view the river from three bridges and numerous other observation sites. Key attractions include the Giants' Kettle whirlpool, a 70-metre waterfall and Cornelius Krieghoff's 1855 painting Sainte-Anne Falls, which offers an artist's rendering of the gorge before it was modified for running logs. Canyon Sainte-Anne is a great picnic spot and kids are sure to be enthralled by the rushing water.
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area protects Canada's largest bulrush marsh and is also the main habitat of the Snow Geese during migration. Roughly a million birds stop here during the spring and fall migrations, creating a magical spectacle on the Saint Lawrence River. Amenities include twenty kilometers of hiking trails as well as historical buildings dating back to the 17th century. The park offers guided tours of the installations, which include the Wildlife Interpretation Centre.
Les Sept-Chutes is a must for anyone interested in having fun and witnessing science and technology of hydroelectricity. Located near Saint Férréol des Neiges, about 30 minutes from Quebec City, Les Sept Chutes is a waterpark which also houses the oldest hydroelectric plant in Quebec City on the beautiful Sainte Anne du Nord River. A breathtaking beauty, the park boasts seven waterfalls, 5-kilometer (3.4-mile) of trails, picnic areas and swings. Be sure to bring a camera.
One of the region's most popular attractions, this historic island has a population of less than 7,000 residents. Each of its six parishes has its own unique character. With Victorian cottages, forests, picturesque farmland, incredible views and dozens of charming bed & breakfast establishments and restaurants, it is an ideal day trip destination or overnight excursion. A self-guided driving tour is the perfect way to experience the island, pick up a guide on cassette or CD at the island end of the bridge. Well-known restaurants and inns include the Auberge la Goéliche, Le Canard Huppé and Le Vieux Presbytère.
Montmorency Falls is a part of the Montmorency River and is nestled within the Montmorency Falls Park. This scenic waterfall is even taller than the Niagara Falls and has had its share of fame; it appeared in the film Whispering City and also features in a verse of John Keat's poem, Sleep and Poetry. One can access the staircases around the waterfall to gain a panoramic view of the thundering rapids.
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency offers a multitude of activities for the entire family. In the summer, walk across one of two suspension bridges or through miles of parkland trails before enjoying a gourmet meal at the Manoir Montmorency. Winter can be just as relaxing, though daredevils can take an ice climbing course on the frozen waterfall wall of ice and snow. The park is located just east of Quebec City along Avenue Royale. Admission to the park is free but parking is charged.
Baie de Beauport is one multi-faceted port. Various fast food joints catering to hungry mouths present themselves here. The food is absolutely delicious to say the least. Activities like fests and family picnics, not to forget camps and boating and career fairs too take place on a regular basis. The admission to the port is free but boating activities will cost you. Check the website for event details, timings and prices.
The Lévis Forts are a range of forts located to the south of Saint Lawrence River. Built between between 1865 and 1872, these forts were at a close distance from each other. Their purpose was to protect Québec against America. Today, these forts sites are open to visitors for exploring. Guided tours, group tours and discovery tours of the site are conducted to enlighten the visitors. A horde of events take place at this facility for children and adults alike. Summer camps and concerts which are conducted here are like a cherry on the cake. So go ahead and explore the world of history!
Le Domaine Maizerets is a beautiful park that is always flooded with people during the summer, largely because of its location on the bike path that extends from the Montmorency Falls to the Old City. With its large grassy areas, arboretum, gardens and historic buildings, the park is a great place to enjoy nature in the city. In the summer, free concerts and plays take place in the outdoor area. Nature and bird-watching conferences occur frequently. In the winter, cross-country skiers take over the grounds. Admission to the park is free.
This fascinating exhibition space, run by Parks Canada, offers a glimpse into the history of Quebec City's port, which was once among the most important in North America. The Old Port of Quebec Interpretation Centre focuses on Quebec's shipbuilding heritage.In the 19th century alone the port produced nearly 2,000 vessels! Dozens of activities focus on children, school groups and even adults; cruises are occasionally organized in conjunction with Croisières AML.
Place Royale is a collection of buildings and narrow streets born in 1608, when explorer Samuel de Champlain established a secure fur trading post. It changed hands between the British and French, surviving fires and battles and eventually became Quebec City's version of "downtown." After a complete restoration, Place Royale is now the city's most picturesque place, sporting restaurants and cafes, as well as many tourist attractions. Be sure to visit the Maison Chevalier, the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and the Interpretive center.