Today you can explore the still visible traces of historic events that took place long ago on Place-Royale in Québec City. You can explore the area virtually on the Web with 360-degree panoramas, or on location with your mobile device and podcasts download. Other menu options feature different approaches to one of the most important heritage sites in Québec and Canada, steeped in over 400 years of history.

Place-Royale: in brief

A small point of land wedged between Cap Diamant and the St. Lawrence River, Place-Royale is the well-protected, strategic natural haven where Samuel de Champlain chose to build his habitation upon his arrival in the new land on July 3, 1608. This dwelling place constitutes the first permanent French settlement in America.

Place-Royale is part of the historic area that earned Old Québec City recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1985. The historic district of Québec City is, in fact, the first city north of Mexico to be listed as a World Heritage Site.

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