Charlesbourg is now a district of the large merged city of Québec. Its boundaries correspond exactly with the ones of the ancient city of Charlesbourg. The tranquility of the area is what catches the attention of visitors. Charlesbourg is also characterized by the particular traces left by history. The Trait-Carré is a perfect example of this historic wealth. It is a particular ancien way of distributing the land that divides the strips of land in a star shape to make them meet in a central point. This land distribution technique encouraged people to gather in the Trait-Carré to organise a defence in the case of an attack.
You can take the pedestrian walkway that surrounds the Trait-Carré and admire this special disposition as well as the architecture from the 17th and 19th centuries. It is also possible to walk along this circuit with a guide, starting at the Moulin des Jésuites. This seigniorial mill was built in 1740 and now houses a historical interpretation centre and a tourist information office. South-east from the Trait-Carré, you will see the Maison Ephraïm-Bédard, a typical example of a middle-class farmer's house of the time. In the same area, you will find the Saint-Charles-Borromée Church and the Magella-Paradis and Pierre-Lefebvre houses, which are also worth visiting.