Quartier du Petit Champlain in Québec, Canada
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Quartier du Petit Champlain is a small commercial zone nestled at the foot of Cap Diamant, in the shadow of Château Frontenac, just a stone’s throw from Place Royale and the St. Lawrence River, in Québec, Canada.
In French it is referred to as a quartier (neighbourhood) although it is not an official one recognized by the City. It is named after Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec City in 1608.
Sitting on the southeast edge of Old Québec, this picture-perfect neighbourhood, resembling a quaint riverside village, is the oldest shopping district in North America, with narrow alleyways lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques and bistros.
Its iconic main street, the Rue du Petit-Champlain, was named the most beautiful pedestrian street in Canada in 2014. During the winter months, more than 15,000 lightbulbs zigzag between buildings, lighting the streetscape.
All year-round, visitors are enchanted by the romantic European atmosphere of this quaint neighbourhood, site of the Québec's first port, and can see here some of the colony's first houses.
One of the neighborhood's houses belonged to Louis Jolliet, the French Canadian explorer credited with discovering the Mississippi River.