It has been a popular gathering place since the city was founded in 1608 and remains an important part of its identity today.
The square is bordered by Château Frontenac and other beautiful old buildings, making it a great spot for sightseeing and people-watching. The area also boasts several monuments that commemorate key moments in Québec City’s history. Notable among them are statues honouring Samuel de Champlain, who founded the city; Louis-Joseph Papineau, leader of the 1837 rebellion; and General Montcalm, who led French forces against British troops during the Seven Years War (1756–63).
In addition to its historical significance, Place d’Armes serves as a lively public space where locals come together to celebrate special occasions like festivals or holidays. During summer months there are often live music performances on site while visitors can enjoy street performers such as jugglers or mimes year round. There are also plenty of shopping opportunities with souvenir stands selling everything from maple syrup to handmade crafts.
For those looking to learn more about Québec City’s past and present culture alike, visiting Place d’Armes is highly recommended.