Visit Quebec City
A “top ten” list of Quebec City highlights
1. Stroll Old Quebec
Walk along the fortified walls surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage Site and admire the view from many different vantage points. Visit various notable historical sites, such as Petit-Champlain District, Place Royale, the Plains of Abraham and the Parliament Building. As you stroll along the Dufferin Terrace, be sure to take a picture of world-famous Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel on the planet!
Recognized for its unique history and architecture, this is a must-see district where you can enjoy a gentle stroll, good food and quaint boutiques.
3. Appreciate fine art at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec houses a reference collection of more than 38,000 works—including a comprehensive overview of Quebec art from the 17th century to the present day. The museum spans four pavilions in the center of the magnificent Plains of Abraham.
4. Spend a quiet moment at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine
The oldest pilgrimage site north of Mexico! Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who have been coming to this site—one of five national shrines in Quebec—for over 350 years to pay homage to Saint Anne. Step inside and admire the glorious stained glass, paintings, mosaics, and stone and wooden sculptures that adorn the basilica.
5. Enter the fascinating world of Aquarium du Québec
Nearly 10,000 specimens from 300 species! Aquarium du Québec is spectacularly located overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Visit the Awesome Ocean Discovery tunnel to check out the creatures that inhabit the depths of the Pacific, and find out about Quebec’s rivers and streams too. Make acquaintances with marine mammals like polar bears, walruses, and several species of seals.
6. Learn something new at the Musée de la Civilisation
Join in on hands-on workshops for the whole family on a wide range of current, historical and sometimes unusual subjects. The museum sheds new light on diverse societies and moments in history through a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits, with an international or Quebec focus.
7. Faubourg Saint-Jean… one of a kind!
Come and experience the great diversity that marks Quebec City residents’ daily lives. Meet warm, authentic, likable, passionate people. Discover the area’s rich history, architecture and attractions… and delight in the work of its artisans. Discriminating gourmets, adventuresome palates and those who love a hearty meal: come savour the Faubourg Saint-Jean’s many cuisines. Satisfy late afternoon cravings in shops selling homemade treats, and in the district’s renowned delicatessens.
8. Place Royale
A visit to Place-Royale is like a step back in time to the early days of New France. It was here that Samuel de Champlain founded his “habitation” in 1608.
Learn all about this cradle of French civilization in North America at musée de la Place Royale. Admire historic Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the oldest stone church in North America (1688). And don't miss the immense fresque des Québécois, which retraces 400 years of the city's history.
9. Old Port
Quebec City's Old Port has always been a hive of activity, from its heyday in the 19th century as one of the world's five biggest ports to its status today as a popular cruise destination. The new and improved port is now a favorite spot for both tourists and locals to relax. You'll love the charm of rue Saint-Paul, with its inviting antique shops, art galleries and sidewalk cafés. And just around the corner is Musée de la civilisation, where fascinating exhibits and interactive workshops await.
The fortifications surrounding Old Quebec are close to 4.6 km in length. Take a guided tour along the walls and experience three centuries of Quebec City history as you admire the old town's distinctive cityscapes. You will thus better understand the defence system of North America's only remaining fortified city. Tours begin at the Frontenac kiosk on Dufferin Terrace. Continue your visit at Artillery Park where you will be charmed by the unique building interiors.
Planning a longer stay? Here are some added attractions.
Explore ancestral traditions in Wendake
Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Huron-Wendat Nation in Wendake, where history takes you back to the 17th century. Dance performances, tales and legends are your window into the collective imagination of this People, while the Huron-Wendat Museum and the local craft shops invite you to discover the Nation’s culture and traditional skills. Complete your immersion by sampling Huron cuisine, with its delicious game-based dishes.
Feel the spray at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
A waterfall 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls! Whether you’re riding the gondola, climbing the scenic stairway or crossing the suspension bridge, the views of the Montmorency Falls are simply breathtaking. Experience the power of nature, only 15 minutes from downtown. For thrill-seekers, three Via Ferrata routes and a double zipline are a sure-fire way to get your adrenaline fix.
Explore Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier
One of Quebec’s most dazzling glacial valleys! This vast and mountainous plateau, criss-crossed by deep valleys and rivers, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a multitude of ways to experience the park and its lush surroundings. Make your own expedition by hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing or kayaking.
Connect with local artisans on Île d'Orléans
A day trip through history and flavours. Stop in at the many artisan outlets and farm stands around the island for a delicious taste of local products. Driving around Île d'Orléans is like a trip back in time to 18th century rural Quebec, complete with centuries-old villages, farms, churches, and heritage homes.
Have fun at Valcartier Vacation Village
Eastern Canada’s largest theme park. This gigantic complex boasts a huge outdoor waterpark and a brand new indoor waterpark that is open year-round! A treetop adventure course and whitewater rafting round out the summer offerings.
For visitor guides and tourism information, visit https://www.quebecregion.com.