Lawrence River. It was first established by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1608 and is now one of the most visited sites in Quebec City. The site has been designated as a National Historic Site since 1948 and serves as a reminder of the city’s vibrant past.
The original settlement at Place Royale was built by Champlain to serve as a trading post for fur traders, who were attracted to the area due to its access to fish and other resources found near the river. As time passed, more settlers began arriving from France, establishing businesses such as bakeries, inns, taverns and shops that served both locals and visitors alike. By 1759 it had become an important commercial hub for merchants from across North America.
Today Place Royale remains one of Quebec City’s most popular attractions among tourists looking for historical sights or simply wanting to explore its quaint cobblestone streets lined with old-fashioned homes dating back centuries ago when this part of town was bustling with activity during Colonial times. Visitors can explore some of these buildings which have been carefully restored over the years including Maison Jacquet (Jacquet House), Maison Chevalier (Chevalier House) and Église Notre-Dame des Victoires (Our Lady Of Victories Church). All three structures are open year round for guided tours where guests will learn about their rich history while admiring their beautiful architecture up close.
In addition to these historical gems there are also plenty of places around Place Royale where you can shop till your heart’s content; browse through art galleries; enjoy delicious local cuisine at eateries like Café du Clocher Penché or La Piazzetta; listen live music performances; take boat rides along Le Petit Navire river cruise boat; visit nearby parks such as Parc de la Côte Sainte-Geneviève or Jardin des Gouverneurs – all within walking distance.