Old QuebecQuebec

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This walled, historic district is internationally recognized as a World Heritage Site and contains Québec’s oldest and most famous buildings and attractions.

Enjoy the ambience of Old Québec when you walk its narrow cobblestone streets, admire its traditional French architecture and visit its boutiques and bistros. The old city rises from the Place-Royale on the banks of the St. Lawrence River all the way up to Château Frontenac at the top of the Cap Diamant promontory.

Old Québec is the only walled city in North America and is carefully preserved as a World Heritage Site. Covering 333 acres (135 hectares) the quarter is divided into two parts: the Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and the Upper Town (Haute-Ville). The district contains many of Québec’s oldest and most significant buildings, many of which date from before 1850.

Walk along the streets of the Lower Town. Check out the museums and old buildings of the Old Port (Vieux-Port), and go shopping for antiques along Rue Saint-Paul. Sit down for a meal at one of the bistros lining the pedestrian-only Rue du Petit-Champlain. To get to the Upper Town, take a ride on the cable railway or climb the adjacent stairway on the north end of this street.

The Upper Town sits on the promontory of Cap Diamant, high above the St. Lawrence River, and is dotted with fortifications. Walk the circuit past the walls, towers, bastions and gates that once kept invading American armies at bay. Take pictures of the turreted Château Frontenac, the grand hotel dominating Québec’s skyline.

Explore historic sites such as the Citadelle of Québec, a star-shaped fortress. This massive structure houses a regiment of the Canadian Army, which regularly performs a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk along Dufferin Terrace, a long promenade. Take a seat on a bench and watch the boats glide by on the river below.

Old Québec is best navigated on foot or by bike. You can also explore the district by using the small Écolobus, a cheap, electric city bus that moves between the Upper and Lower towns. Alternatively, take a taxi or rent a car. Note that parking is metered and limited and some of the streets are narrow and crowded.

Top Hotels in Old Quebec

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥19,597
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, steps from Samuel de Champlain Statue, Old Quebec Funicular, and Quartier Petit Champlain. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,963 reviews)

"Beautiful historic hotel in the perfect location to tour Old Quebec. Lovely spa, nice restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
¥10,965
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Le Capitole and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,052 reviews)

"L'hôtel a besoin d'un peu d'amour et de ménage. Le coût de notre chambre était de 186$ mais n'était pas du tout représentatif. Des murs abimés dans la chambre, un plancher flottant. Nous avons fait monté un plateau de fromage dont les fruits n'avait pas été lavés et les noix n'étaient pas fraîches ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
¥11,123
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6

Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is steps from Espace 400e, Old Port Quebec City, and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Place Royale and Quebec City Town Hall ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,063 reviews)

"The bed was not the best and the air quality felt extremely dry. The staff were all incredible and kind!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Acadia
Hotel Acadia
3 out of 5
43 Rue Sainte-ursule, Quebec, QC
¥7,476
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ursulines de Quebec Museum, Quebec City Town Hall, and Parliament Building. Place Royale ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,932 reviews)

"enjoyed the old world look, however could use some upgrades without losing the charm."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Hotel Acadia
Hotel Manoir Victoria
Hotel Manoir Victoria
4 out of 5
44, Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC
¥12,031
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hotel-Dieu de Quebe and Quebec City Town Hall. Place Royale and Le Capitole are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,044 reviews)

"Nice cozy room. The only negative thing I noticed was that you have to take stairs to go to the reception/main lobby and there are no elevators to that from street level. It would be hard for the folks that have a heart problem. Especially if you have luggage to go up the stairs it’s a work out! ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Hotel Manoir Victoria
Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux
Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux
4.5 out of 5
8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec, QC
¥18,223
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Located in Old Quebec, this luxury hotel is steps from Museum of Civilization, Place Royale, and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Old Port Quebec City and Quartier Petit ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (1,449 reviews)

"Over the weekend, we drove up to the hotel from the States and it was better than I expected. Despite arriving late at night, tired, underdressed, with a dirty car covered in snow, dirt, and salt, the staff was beyond welcoming. Vallet took our car in the garage (nice guy, think his name was J.P.) ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux

Popular things to do in Old Quebec

Citadelle of Quebec
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Citadelle of Quebec

4.5/5(748 reviews)

One of Quebec’s most distinctive sights is a century-old fortress that is also one of the largest military fortifications in North America.

Place Royale
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Place Royale

4.5/5(692 reviews)

This small, attractive plaza was once the economic heart of the city and is the place where Québec began.

Quebec City Town Hall
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Quebec City Town Hall

4.5/5(422 reviews)

After visiting Quebec City Town Hall, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Quebec. Stroll along the area's riverfront or experience its great live music.

Le Château Frontenac
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Le Château Frontenac

4.5/5(1,041 reviews)

Sail down the mighty St. Lawrence River past Québec City and appreciate the area’s historic charm. Reigning over this heritage city is a grand building.

Old Port Quebec City
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Old Port Quebec City

4.5/5(804 reviews)

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

Quartier Petit Champlain
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Quartier Petit Champlain

4.5/5(373 reviews)

The oldest commercial district in North America has a distinct European ambience and a interesting mix of boutiques and bistros.

Top activities in Old Quebec

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls
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Quebec City & Montmorency Falls

¥9,832

Journey back through 400 years of history on this magnificent tour of Quebec City and see stunning nature at Montmorency Falls. Find charming Old World atmosphere in narrow streets, look for architectural treasures beyond the tourist track, and learn a bit about the city's history from your expert guide.

Full day tour: Quebec City, Montmorency Falls & Countryside
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Full day tour: Quebec City, Montmorency Falls & Countryside

¥6,214

Explore the historic landmarks of Quebec City's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, venture out of town into the countryside, visiting the church at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the impressive chutes at Montmorency Falls, and the village of Sainte-Pétronille on the Ile-d’Orléans.

Quebec City Tour
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Quebec City Tour

¥3,537

Explore the best of Quebec City on this guided 2-hour sightseeing tour. Visit many of Quebec City’s top attractions, such as Old Québec, Place Royale, Place d'Armes and the Plains of Abraham.

Quebec Countryside Tour - Montmorency Falls and Sainte-Anne
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Quebec Countryside Tour - Montmorency Falls and Sainte-Anne

¥4,780

Travel back through the centuries in rural Quebec, as you visit the natural landmarks, religious shrines and charming villages that have drawn visitors and pilgrims here for hundreds of years.

Discover l’île d’Orléans ''The Taste Trail''
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Discover l’île d’Orléans ''The Taste Trail''

¥3,741

Discover l’île d’Orléans with flavors. Vineyard, blackcurrant, cider, nougat, chololat and history will be showcased. Come visit and meet the producers of l’île d’Orléans. You will discover our favorites of the region

Transfer in private minivan from Jean Lesage Airport (YQB) to Quebec City Center
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Transfer in private minivan from Jean Lesage Airport (YQB) to Quebec City Center

¥2,657

You will be received by your driver or a representative at arrival who will take you directly to your hotel or destination. Avoid lines or paying extra money and use a nice vehicle with safe and comfort.

Other neighborhoods in Quebec

Grande Allee which includes night scenes, outdoor eating and dining out

Vieux-Québec-Cap-Blanc-colline Parlementaire

While visiting Vieux-Québec-Cap-Blanc-colline Parlementaire, you might make a stop by sights like Parliament Building and Quebec City Town Hall.

Vieux-Québec-Cap-Blanc-colline Parlementaire
Parks Canada\'s Dufferin Terrace which includes landscape views, a castle and a city

Lower Town

The abundant dining options and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to Lower Town. A stop by Citadelle of Quebec or Parks Canada's Dufferin Terrace might round out your trip.

Lower Town
Érico-Chocolaterie Créative et Musée du Chocolat

Saint-Jean Street

Saint-Jean Street is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Le Capitole and Saint Jean-Baptiste Church while in the area.

Saint-Jean Street
Upper Town featuring a park

Haute-Ville

If you're spending some time in Haute-Ville, Parliament Building and Grand Theatre of Quebec are top sights worth seeing.

Haute-Ville
Upper Town featuring a park

Saint-Jean-Baptiste

If you're spending some time in Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Grand Theatre of Quebec and Saint Jean-Baptiste Church are top sights worth seeing.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Each summer downtown Quebec has a lot to offer from the Comic Festival, and Art Installations as you can see here. I truly believe that the only way to explore the downtown is by foot because you never know what you will find.

Saint-Roch

4.5/5Wonderful!(107 area reviews)

Saint-Roch is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Marina Saint-Roch or Church of St. Roch.

Saint-Roch