First “Canadian” Christmas was in the bombarded rubble of Quebec City

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This drawing of Place Royale and Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires by Richard Short, a British naval officer and artist, depicts the effects of the British bombardment of Quebec City in the summer of 1759.

Walk around the streets in Old Quebec and you can’t help but marvel. Such an extraordinary collection of historical architecture, perhaps unique in the New World for its mélange of French, British and American styles – each building is a magnificent work of design and craftsmanship.