Monday, June 2, 2008

400th Anniversary of Quebec City

Almost a month from now Québec City is celebrating its 400 years, the capital of French-speaking Quebec Province of Canada and known as the birthplace of French civilization in North America. There are scheduled several summer shows, various celebrations and remarkable cultural events on different areas of public and tourists attractions. According to some tourist brochures, this celebration has already started since January of this year and will continue on until October for its Winter Carnival.

Québec City was founded in July 3, 1608 by Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635) a French navigator, explorer and fur trader in which today, he is much better known as the father of “New France.” This city is one of the oldest cities in North America, located in the Saint Lawrence River valley lying at the convergence of St. Charles and St. Lawrence rivers. It was fortified by high stone walls and has been the capital of New France and French Canada some periods in the 17th century. Province-wide, this is the second largest city next to Montreal and declared by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site” in 1985. It was described as,
“Sure of its charms and just a touch haughty, Québec City’s gracious yet simple style continues to delight its visitors, year after year. The city has everything it takes to please: an enchanting setting on the St Lawrence, a priceless architectural heritage, a rich and colourful past and, above all, a warm heart bubbling over with the special joie de vivre that has characterized it for four centuries.”
The city alone has now a population of more than half a million. Being the major hub of the province, the city is connected by ferry services and bridges to the other side of the river bank, Levis and Orleans Island. An aerial view from Google Earth Pro can be of helpful aid to have a better grasp and idea of the map of the area.

Among the few of the bountiful tourist attractions are the Montmorency Falls, the dominating skyline view of the Château Frontenac, the Basilica of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré, and the City’s Summer Festival, among them are leisure crafts and sailboats – a picturesque on the river. The author has been in this place and selectively posted here a few recently dug-up personal snapshots (camera-raw) from forgotten files worthy of public viewing (maybe copying as well and I don’t mind because watermarks are no use for remover softwares) captured by the author's amateur lens two summers ago (Kindly click the images to enlarge).

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