1.         Historic District of Old Québec (Canada) (C 300)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1985

Criteria  (iv)(vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/300/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/300/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions

November 1992: ICOMOS visit; October 2001: ICOMOS expert mission 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Real estate project 

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/300/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2001

Previous deliberations:
Sixteenth session of the Bureau (paragraph 60).
Sixteenth session of the Committee (paragraph VIII.9)

Main Issues: Building plans for a cruise-ship landing at Pointe-à-Carcy.

New information: During the course of last year the World Heritage Centre has received information, mainly from the Québec Mayor’s Office and the Conseil des Monuments et Sites du Québec, expressing concern over the planned cruise-ship landing at Pointe-à-Carcy and its possible impact on the World Heritage values of the Historic District of Québec. The Canadian government submitted documentation on the project proposed by the Québec Port Authorities as well as several studies realised in order to investigate the environmental impact of the project and recommendations concerning its implementation. The controversy remains because of a significant divergence of interpretation of the project, the studies and the recommendations. The documentation was transmitted to ICOMOS for study and advice.

Action Required

The Bureau may wish to examine information that will be provided / may be available at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001

As requested by the twenty-fifth session of the Bureau, ICOMOS will undertake an assessment mission on the site from 15 to 21 October 2001.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM


Decision Adopted: 25 BUR V.254-257

V.254     The Secretariat informed the Bureau that during the course of last year, it had received information informing of concern over the planned cruise-ship landing at Pointe-à-Carcy and its possible impact on the universal values of the Historic District of Quebec. In response, the Government of Canada, through Parks Canada, provided information on the process of consultation and assessment of the project and submitted substantive documentation on the project, on the results of the public consultations and on the cultural resource assessment that had been prepared under its leadership for the area concerned.

V.255     From the documentation received by the Secretariat, it became evident that there is a considerable difference of opinion on the potential impact of the terminal, both visually and in terms of increased traffic in a neighboring residential area, as well as on the reversible and possibly temporary character of the terminal.

V.256     In view of this, the Bureau requested ICOMOS to undertake an assessment mission to the site and prepare a report for examination by the Bureau at its twenty-fifth extraordinary session.

V.257     The Delegate of Canada stated that Canada is prepared to receive such a mission and will do all that is necessary to facilitate its undertaking.