Québec City at its Best

Meet 3 Historical Figures Who Helped Build Québec City

Credit: OTQ

Walking through the streets of Old Québec this summer, you may run into a real blast from the past. From July 7 to October 15, a King’s Daughter, or “Fille du Roy,” a coureur des bois, and François de Laval will be touring the Upper and Lower Towns daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to share historical tidbits about Québec City and delight in your newfangled camera technology. So step right up, and take a picture with a strange new pal! You can use the #QuebecRegion hashtag to share your memories.

Coureur des bois


The coureur des bois was a key figure in the colony’s early fur trade, adventuring into the backcountry and trading with local Indigenous peoples. Ask him about life in the woods and see if you can’t pick up a few tricks of the trade!

King’s Daughter


The King’s Daughter will probably want to tell you that she and some 700 other brides‑to‑be came to New France between 1663–1673 to boost the population through marriage and childbirth. (Up until that point, the colony had been a bit of a sausage fest.)

François de Laval


François de Laval was the first bishop of New France. He also founded the Séminaire de Québec. Don't be surprised if you walk away feeling “blessed”—Pope Francis made him a saint in 2014.

Where to Meet Them?

To meet them, head over to the Royal Battery, Parc de l’Esplanade, the stretch between Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral and Fairmont Château Frontenac, or between the Saint‑Jean and Saint‑Louis gates.

If it’s raining, you’ll find them at the Musée de la Place-Royale or at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

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