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Visit Quebec

Explore the charming capital city of the Canadian province of Québec, and its surrounding nature, to discover a little piece of France in North America.

Québec’s motto is “je me souviens” (I remember). To the more than half a million residents of Quebec City, this means more than just honoring the lessons learned from the past; it also expresses the delight in preserving monuments and traditions while enjoying freedom and showing “joie de vivre” (lust for life). To experience the charm of this historic port city, join the easy-going locals in historic squares, splendid museums, fresh-produce restaurants and cliff-top parks.

Québec City was one of the earliest European colonies on the continent. The settlement on the St. Lawrence River was a fur-trading post, established in 1608 by the Frenchman Samuel de Champlain. Most residents today cherish the French language and Gallic traditions, even though more recent immigrant groups also add their culture to the mix.

Set out to explore Old Québec (Vieux Québec) on foot or by bike. All major historic and family attractions are within easy reach from the Old Port Québec.

Browse the shops and enjoy fresh local produce in the old stone buildings of Petit-Champlain, North America’s oldest commercial district. Admire the ornate Church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in Place-Royale in Quebec’s Lower Town.

Rue de Petit-Champlain is where you can get access to the cable railway that will transport you to the Upper Town. Enjoy the magnificent views of the river from Dufferin Terrace, a promenade atop the cliffs, or get active in Battlefields Park.

You could spend days in Old Québec, but don’t miss other exciting parts of the city. Saint-Roch, for example, is known for its artists, trendy bars and galleries. It’s also worth making the short trip to Montmorency Falls, which freezes over in winter.

If you are into history, art, gourmet food, shopping and wintersports, you won’t regret a visit to Québec City. Aéroport International Jean-Lesage is just a short drive away from the city and gives access to Canada’s stunning wilderness.

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Where to stay in Quebec

Parks Canada\'s Dufferin Terrace which includes landscape views, a castle and a city

Old Quebec

5/5Exceptional!(1,648 area reviews)

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

Old Quebec
Parliament Building showing a bridge, heritage elements and a sunset

La Cite-Limoilou

4.5/5Wonderful!(327 area reviews)

La Cite-Limoilou is a destination visitors seek out for is interesting museums, cozy cafés, and live music. You might want to check out attractions like Parliament Building or Quebec City Town Hall while you're exploring the neighborhood.

La Cite-Limoilou
Parliament Building which includes a park, a sunset and heritage architecture

Centre-Ville

Centre-Ville is known for its live music, and you can plan a trip to Parliament Building and Quebec City Town Hall while you're in town.

Centre-Ville
Montmorency Falls featuring landscape views, a cascade and a river or creek

Beauport

4/5Very Good!(60 area reviews)

The ample dining options and enchanting waterfalls are top of the list for many visitors to Beauport. A stop by Montmorency Falls or Parc de la Chute-Montmorency might round out your trip.

Beauport
Quebec Aquarium Park featuring a park and a bridge

Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge

4.5/5Wonderful!(204 area reviews)

Gardens, shopping, and historic sites are just a few things travelers enjoy about Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge. Check out Laurier Quebec or Aquarium du Québec while you're exploring the area.

Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge
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.
trover photo by Linda Nisbett

Saint-Roch

4.5/5Wonderful!(102 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

Top Hotels in 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
¥19,365
per night
Jan 13 - Jan 14

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! (4,884 reviews)

"Great location and friendly staff. They let us check in early as well."…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
¥8,225
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located near the slopes, this Centre-Ville hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building, and Quebec City ...

3.9/5Good! (6,757 reviews)

"Great property that needs a little bit of upgrading."…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
¥10,926
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,943 reviews)

"Good looking hotel with nice rooms. Busy area with a lot of street noise even on 6th floor. Good wifi. Decent onsite restaurant. Bus stops right at hotel which could be convenient but also made for crowded sidewalks. A few blocks walking distance from the walled part of old Quebec. Also walking distance ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

Popular things to do in Quebec

Citadelle of Quebec
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Citadelle of Quebec

4.5/5(732 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(671 reviews)

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

Mont Sainte-Anne
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Mont Sainte-Anne

4.5/5(332 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Mont Sainte-Anne, a top ski area in Beaupre. Discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area, or seek out the biking trails.

Montmorency Falls
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Montmorency Falls

4.5/5(704 reviews)

Feel the water spray as you walk a few meters above these falls, which are even higher than Canada’s famous Niagara Falls and freeze over in winter.

Parliament Building
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Parliament Building

4.5/5(447 reviews)

Stroll among gardens and monuments and learn about the inner workings of parliament at the seat of Québec’s provincial government.

Battlefields Park
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Battlefields Park

4.5/5(408 reviews)

This spacious urban park was once the site of fierce clashes between the British and French empires.

Top activities in Quebec

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls
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Quebec City & Montmorency Falls

¥9,884

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

¥6,162

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

¥3,508

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

¥4,740

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''

¥3,710

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

QUEBEC CITY PRIVATE WALKING TOUR - 400 Years of French America
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QUEBEC CITY PRIVATE WALKING TOUR - 400 Years of French America

¥2,385

Highlights • Tour lasts 2.5 to 3 hours from lower town Old Port District and ends in upper town fortified city. • Perfect Quebec City tour for History lovers • Learn about the French colonial period from Quebec City to New Orleans and how the foundations of Canada and the United States are interconnected.

Reviews of Quebec

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

We loved the city of Quebec! We went for the Christmas market and it did not disappoint! The city was majestic!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 12, 2019

We went inDecember. No crowds, but everything was open. Weather was cold but beautiful. German market was fine but it was the overall old city we found most charming.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Highly recommend a visit to old Quebec City. My husband and I booked a spur of the moment trip here while we were reminiscing about our trip to Paris. Old Quebec has a wonderful European feel, everyone we encountered were pleasant and cheerful!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

What an extraordinary weekend! We loved the French ambience, the wonderfully friendly people everywhere, the creative shopping options, the charm and beauty as well as the rich history. Oh - and the bakery...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

THE Old Town is wonderful. Everyone should take the opportunity to visit there during the German Christmas Market.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Winter or summer....a great place to visit.

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Quebec City in one day
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Quebec City in one day

Strolling back in time through one of Canada’s most regal cities.

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