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Old Port Quebec City
Vacation Travel Guide

Québec’s historic waterfront has been extensively renovated and features museums, restored buildings and a market selling fresh regional produce.

During the 19th century, Old Port Québec was one of the busiest ports in North America. Hundreds of ships were built here and timber was received, stored and shipped to Europe. Today, the marine and its surroundings are a popular tourist attraction where you can view old buildings, walk along the river, dine out in fine restaurants and sample fresh produce at a market.

Wander along the quays and among the wharves to explore the area’s maritime heritage. Start your excursion on the promenade that overlooks the St. Lawrence River. This was the landing site for European ships that brought supplies and settlers to the country. Stop to admire the beauty of the old Customs House, a two-story building with a symmetrical facade. Make your way over to the castle-like Gare du Palais to appreciate the train and bus station’s architecture.

Learn more about the port’s shipbuilding and lumber-trade past with a visit to the Old Port of Québec Interpretation Centre. This exhibition space has audio-visual presentations, hands-on activities and actors dressed in period costumes. While you are here go to the observation platform for fine views of the Old City, St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains.

See models of ancient ships and destroyers and collections of marine artifacts at the Naval Museum of Québec. The exhibitions cover the naval history of St. Lawrence River during times of war and peace.

Sample some regional specialties at the daily produce market or buy ingredients for a family lunch in the market’s picnic area. There is a nice selection of candy, cheese, maple products and baked goods to choose from. For up-to-date information about this market, visit the official website of the Old Port Market (Marché du Vieux-Port).

Stop for refreshments in nearby Rue Saint-Paul, Québec’s antiques hub with stylish cafés, collectables shops and galleries.

The Old Port Québec is a short walk from Place-Royale and Petit-Champlain. If you are arriving by car, there is parking available for a fee along the riverfront. The nearest public transport hub, Gare du Palais, is within walking distance.

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Top Hotels Close to Old Port Quebec City

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥21,210 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

Located in the city center, this Old Quebec hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access and is within a 5-minute walk of Samuel de Champlain Statue, Quebec City Town ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,351 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel, great experience! Highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥8,363 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building, and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City Town ...

3.9/5Good! (4,014 reviews)

"Staff was great. We arrived at 1pm and they accommodated us immediately. Very clean room and close to activities."…"

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Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,607 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City and Place Royale. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention ...

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Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Hotel Port Royal
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Old Port Quebec City

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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥21,210 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥8,363 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥12,607 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
Hotel Port Royal
L’Hôtel du Capitole
L’Hôtel du Capitole
5 out of 5
972, rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥20,442 per night from Mar 30 to Mar 31
L’Hôtel du Capitole
Hilton Quebec
Hilton Quebec
4 out of 5
1100 Rene Levesque East, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥14,276 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
Hilton Quebec
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥10,812 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4 out of 5
395 rue de la Couronne, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥9,194 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7
Hotel PUR Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Hôtel Le Germain Québec
Hôtel Le Germain Québec
4 out of 5
126 rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥17,654 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
Hôtel Le Germain Québec
Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
4 out of 5
1 rue du Trésor, Quebec, QC
The price is ¥10,981 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17
Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
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