A collection of photos of my hometown, Quebec City. The narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River proximate to the city’s promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning “where the river narrows”. Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec(Vieux-Québec) are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico, and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec’.
Quebec City is located in the Saint Lawrence River valley, on the north bank of the Saint Lawrence River near its meeting with the St. Charles River. The surrounding area is low-lying and flat. The river valley has rich, arable soil, which makes this region the most fertile in the province. The Laurentian Mountains lie to the north of the city.
Most of Old Quebec is built on the edge of a plateau, an area also called promontory of Quebec on which lies Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond). Because of this topographic feature, the central and older borough of La-Cité-limoilou can be divided into upper and lower town. The Plains of Abraham are located on the southeastern extremity of the plateau, where high stone walls have been integrated during colonial days. Lower town (i.e., Saint-Roch and Saint-Sauveur) is located at the northern foot of the plateau, and is seperated from uptown by a woody area attested as coteau Sainte-Geneviève. Those districts have been defined as working class area for most of their history.