Quebec, the oldest city in Canada, was founded in July, 1608 by the explorer Samuel de Champlain when he was searching for a place suitable for settlement and found Quebec to be the most convenient and best situated due to its location on the St. Lawrence River. When Champlain stepped ashore, he marked the beginning of Quebec and Canada.
Until Champlain successfully arrived, explorations to the New World brought disappointment and death for France. Champlain was the visionary that would change history. He dreamed not only of adding a great domain to France but of bringing wealth through the fur trade and of spreading the faith.
After several crises and rebellion, the work of building houses and creating a village resumed, but when spring broke in April 1609, only 8 of the 24 men who wintered at Quebec were still alive. However, Champlain persevered through famines and battles with the natives and is highly admired by Canadians as one of the most influential and forward thinking colonizers in their country’s history.
In some pictures you will see constructuon cranes partially blocking the monument or statue.
The walled area around the Citadel under repair.
The merchants in Petit Champlain collectively decide on seasonal decorations for the area and they were putting up these colorful umbrellas while we were touring the area. They were so vibrant and just gave such a festive feel to the area.