At the bottom of Côte de la Montagne lies the Petit-Champlain district, a picture-perfect neighbourhood resembling a quaint riverside village. Since Québec’s foundation in 1608, this area has evolved to a small portside village with fur trading posts and elegant homes. Over the years, its fortunes waxed and waned. Today, as a result of an expansive urban restoration project, Quartier Petit-Champlain comprises narrow streets lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques and bistros. Visitors come in droves throughout the year to see the impressive historical architecture and cobblestone streets, making the Petit-Champlain one of the most popular attractions in the city. 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.