A stroll through Old Québec offers a window onto four centuries of urban and maritime life. Wander along Dalhousie, Sault-au-Matelot, and Saint-Pierre streets to discover an area once known as the Wall Street of Québec City because of all the banks located here. The architecture of these former financial institutions is still just as magnificent as ever.
Continue along rue Saint-Paul, which is lined with antique shops, to the vestiges of Intendent Talon’s first palace. On the way back, linger for a moment in front of another palatial structure—the Gare du Palais train station. In summer you can admire the cruise ships that tie up at the docks and take in the beautiful sailboats and ever-changing currents of the St. Lawrence River between Pointe-à-Carcy and Île d’Orléans.
Finish your walk with a meal at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants, just steps away from Le Saint-Pierre.