Perched on a hill overlooking the St Lawrence River, the Château Frontenac is the best known landmark in Quebec.It was here that Roosevelt, Churchill and MacKenzie King met to discuss strategies during World War II and it remains one of the most prominent landmarks of this old walled city.

Located 200 feet above the waterway is Dufferin Terrace where Samuel de Champlain built his fort in 1620. From here, you’ll have a spectacular view of the St Lawrence River and distant Laurentian Mountains.

The typical stone buildings surrounding the historic square, Place Royale, were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Place Royale is the birthplace of French civilisation in North America and is consequently one of the oldest settlements in the continent. Built and re-built several times, the square remains the heart of the Lower Town as well as being home to North America’s oldest standing Catholic church.

From the Lower Town to the Upper Town you’ll enjoy a short funicular ride to reach Chateau Frontenac. The funicular first went into operation in 1879 and was reconstructed in 1946 following a fire.It was then revamped with modern technology in 1998 and is the only one of its kind in North America.

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