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Quebec, the city

The Faubourg Saint-Jean quarter is incomparable!

Quebec City and the unique Faubourg Saint-Jean quarter await you! Come discover how locals live through the great diversity this neighbourhood has to offer. Meet warm, authentic, lovable and passionate people. Discover its rich history, architecture and attractions, and be seduced by its artisans. Culinary connoisseurs and those with an adventurous palate will be delighted by the flavours that fill the Faubourg Saint-Jean! Stop for an afternoon snack in the fine gourmet boutiques and food stores where you can find traditionally made products that give the Faubourg St-Jean its exceptional reputation. Enjoy a night out at the many establishments where the locals meet in a convivial atmosphere. Have fun, dance and see all kind of shows in the many unique bars, pubs, bistros and cabarets of the neighbourhood. Don’t be afraid to try the numerous ethnic restaurants. You can indulge in the original boutiques year-round. You’ll find an abundance of unique handmade, imported and designer goods with something for the most discerning shopper in Québec’s unique clothing, shoe and accessory boutiques. The Faubourg St-Jean quarter is also known for its reputable hair and aesthetic salons. Come visit Quebec City and the Faubourg Saint-Jean quarter will not disappoint you! You’ll have a memorable experience with unforgettable people!

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Faubourg St-Jean

At the beginning of the French regime, the area that would become the faubourg Saint-Jean (today faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste) was covered by agricultural lands. Until 1790, the lands of coteau Sainte-Geneviève were owned by some great owners. The Ursulines and Hospitalières of l’Hôtel-Dieu shared the biggest part of the territory.

In 1792, the faubourg Saint-Jean was located between the quadrilateral of the streets Saint-Joachim, Richelieu, Côte Sainte-Geneviève and the limit of glacis. The population was then of 845 people. In 1798, Saint-Olivier street was added and the population increased to 1245 inhabitants.

The faubourg Saint-Jean is located at the entrance of the old city and started at Place d’Youville, along chemin du Roi. This road, now Saint-Jean Street, linked Québec and Montréal as soon as 1734.

Mr Moisan spent his childhood in the faubourg Saint-Jean, north of the Haute-Ville. At that time, rue Artillerie was Artillery Street, the rue St-Michel was St-Michael Street and rue Saint-Jean was St-John Without, or "outside the walls". No doubt Mr Moisan had been dreaming of founding a store on this busy street for a long time.

Between 1815 and 1860, immigrants coming from Europe were estimated to one million. Most of them settled down in Haut-Canada and the USA. During this period, the population of the city went from 15000 to 50 000. However, a certain number of immigrants, mostly Irish, took up residence in Quebec City so that in 1861, 40% of residents in Québec spoke English. In the faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste, most of the Irish settled down on O’Connell, St-Patrick and Scott Streets.

Passage and gate, Saint-Jean Street is one of the oldest street in the country and has preserved their roles while maintaining over time a commercial life in the community of the faubourg.

Today, Saint-Jean Baptiste remains an excellent place for people of Quebec city and the suburbanites to shop and stroll. The testimonies of tourists, Europeans and Americans, confirm its unique character. Only a visit at the grocery store and the time to feel its atmosphere convince the visitors that they are in an exceptionnal neighbourhood.

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Congress Centre
Festival d'été de Québec
New France Festivities
Loto-Québec International Fireworks Competition
L'Île D'Orléans
La Rue du Trésor
Le Chemin du Roy
Les Tours Voir Québec
Québec Tourism Office
Québec Adventure Flights
Télégraphe (city guide)
City tours and cruises
Village Vacances Valcartier
City of Québec

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Capitole de Québec
Grand Théâtre de Québec
Impérial de Québec
Palais Montcalm
Salle Albert-Rousseau
Théâtre De La Bordée
Théâtre Le Périscope
Théâtre Petit-Champlain

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Choco-Musée Érico
Musée de la civilisation
Musée de l'Amérique française
Musée des Ursulines de Québec
Musée Royal 22e Régiment/La Citadelle
Maison Henry-Stuart
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Tips for travellers

To help you plan your stay in Quebec City and enjoy the activities, we suggest you to read the information below.

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International airport Jean Lesage

Gare du palais de Québec


Airport and downtown



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Dinner Package at Ciccio Café

We propose you a Dinner Package at CICCIO CAFÉ, a local, small and unpretentious Italian restaurant with a French inspired cuisine. Enjoy a dinner for 2 persons including 5 courses and a bottle of wine (house selection).

<In process, to be confirmed>

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Museum Package

Take the time for a cultural visit to learn more about Québec and enjoy our 3 Museums Package including Musée de la Civilisation,  Musée de l’Amérique Française and the Centre d’Interprétation de Place-Royale.

<In process, to be confirmed>

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Romance Package

Have a romantic stay at our Auberge. We will be happy to deliver to your bedroom flowers, chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine.

<In process, to be confirmed>