Quebec City is carved into the 350-ft cliff of Cape Diamond, located at the confluence of the rivers St Charles and Saint Lawrence in the southern part of Canada's Quebec province. The city is a stronghold of French culture. Despite two centuries of English rule, it remains fiercely French today. From atop city's surrounding walls (it's the only walled city north of Mexico on the continent), with massive ramparts which are dominated by the Citadel, a big fortress, one can look out at the green-roofed towers of legendary Chateau Frontenac.
Remember to visit Dufferin Terrace, a promenade in Haute-Ville overlooking the river, Ursuline convent (1641), Church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires (1688), Church of Notre-Dame-de-Quebec (1650), Anglican cathedral (1793), National Battlefields Park, which encompasses the Plains of Abraham (site of the 1759 battle defeating the French and placing in the hands of the English control of Canada), and Parliament Buildings (late 19th century). Quebec is also the site of excellent theatres and museums. Nearby you can see St.Anne de Beaupre Church, beautiful basilica that is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in North America, the spectacular Montmorency Falls and lush Orleans Island.
Originally the Huron village of Stadacona, the first successful European settlement was founded in 1608. In 1629 Quebec was captured by the English, but it was restored to France 3 years later. English expeditions attempted with no success to capture the city in 1690 and 1711. During the French and Indian War, in 1759 the settlement was captured by the British, led by Gen. James Wolfe. Under the Treaty of Paris it was formally ceded by France to Great Britain in 1763.
Quebec City cruise port
Season 2017 was the port's record year with handled a total of 201,000 cruise ship tourists (32% increase over 2016). Of all the 132 ship calls, 14 were turnarounds (roundtrips). The port also reported all 5 maiden visits from vessels of NCL Norwegian, Silversea, Viking Ocean and Compagnie du Ponant.
In May 2017 was inaugurated the Place des Canotiers theme park (building cost ISD 39 million. The new facility is located at Pier 22 (beside the cruise terminal).
Port Quebec (aka Port de Quebec) is an inland port in Quebec City, as well as Canada's oldest and the province's 2nd largest (after Montreal). In the 19th century, the port was among the world's busiest ports and played a major role in both the city's and the country's development. Port's statistics for 1863 show over 1600 vessels handled, with nearly 25,000 sailors.
Today, the port is connected with over 300 seaports in 60 countries in Asia, Europe, South America, Australia. The value of cargo shipping through Port Québec is estimated at over USD 20 billion (statistics 2012). Current statistics show that the port handles annually over 1400 vessels. As deep-water port, it allows ships with max draft 15 m (49 ft) at low tide and provides the shortest connection from Europe to North America's Great Lakes region - the continent's industrial and agricultural core.
The port has an intermodal terminal, through which annually are handled an avrg of 27 million tons of cargo. By the port development project "Beauport 2020" is planned wharf line extension of 610 m (2000 ft) with max draft 16 m (52 ft) at low tide. By the project will be also developed an area (located behind the wharf) of around 17,5 hectares (175,000 m2) - the largest on St Lawrence River. The new terminal will be linked with the existing rail and road networks. The project's budget is around USD 500 million
Port Quebec creates 13,250 Canadian jobs, of which over 8000 (direct and indirect) in Quebec City. In the period 2007-2017, the port reported a growth of 80,5%. The St Lawrence-Great Lakes market is estimated to have over 110 million consumers. In this region is concentrated over 40% of USA's manufacturing industry.
In December 2017, the Port Authority announced its plan for building a new container terminal at the "Beauport 2020" site. The initiative is part of the port expansion project. The decision was based on multiple technical and commercial studies. The new terminal will create a major international hub housing logistics, distribution centers and various businesses.
Highlights: Walled City, Citadel, Château Frontenac, Churches
Quebec City cruise terminal
Port Quebec City's cruise ship terminal is named "Ross Gaudreault". The facility is located near Old City, along the neighbourhood Petit Champlain.
Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal
In April 2015 started construction works by the cruise ship terminal's overhaul project (total cost CAD 89,5 million). The project is for expanding and redesigning the existing terminal (at Pointe-a-Carcy) and also installing a new mobile terminal at wharf 30 (Estuary sector).
- First phase (CAD 50,56 million) is for reconfiguring and expanding the existing Ross Gaudreault terminal area in order the facility to be able to accommodate even the world's largest cruise vessels (RCI's Oasis-class). Also, some security features were upgraded to "standard".
- Second phase (CAD 5,26 million) is for linking two quays (21 and 22) for increasing operational flexibility (to accommodate more simultaneous cruise ship passengers).
- Third phase (CAD 13,62 million) is for installing a new mobile terminal at wharf 30 (Estuary) to serve operations that the Ross Gaudreault can't.
- Fourth phase (CAD 20 million) is for improvements of parking facilities, ISPS ("International Ship and Port Facility Security") standards, furniture, grounds, new equipment for cruise operations.
Next photo shows the old and new versions of the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal.
Next photo shows the new Wharf 30 Cruise Terminal.
The redevelopment project resulted in doubling the terminal's passenger capacity (up to 400,000 passengers annually), improving the port's infrastructures and berthing capacity (by allowing bigger-sized vessels) and upgrading port's logistic services (embarkation / disembarkation operations). As part of the project, a second cruise terminal will be also built and opened by the year 2025.
- Taxis at the cruise port are available at fixed cost (CAD 34,25) per ride, covering the distance between the cruise terminal and the city's Jean Lesage airport:
- Public transportation includes the Bus 21 line around Old City (ticket cost CAD 3,50).
- WiFi Internet access is available at the Restaurant inside the cruise terminal.
- Baggage check service is between 7 am - 5 pm, and for disembarking passengers only (cost CAD 4 pp).
- For ship boarding passengers is advisable to arrive at the port at least 2 hours prior departure.
- The list of travel documents required at the terminal includes: cruise ship ticket, boarding pass, ID, passport, plane tickets, baggage tags.
On October 1, 2017, Port Québec officially inaugurated the new cruise quay "Quai Paquet" when at the new wharf berthed the Saga Cruises ship Saga Sapphire. The new quay is within the port territory and managed by Québec Port Authority.
Port Quebec City cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Quebec City, Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|4 May, 2018|
|ms Veendam||08:00||17:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|6 May, 2018|
|ms Veendam||07:00||17:00||Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada|
|6 May, 2018|
|Oceania Marina||08:00||19:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|10 May, 2018|
|Oceania Marina||08:00||19:00||Saguenay, Quebec, Canada|
|25 May, 2018|
|ms Maasdam||07:00||17:00||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|27 May, 2018|
|ms Maasdam||07:00||17:00||Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada|
The Quebec City cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Quebec City, Canada.
If you lose the Quebec City location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
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