Québec City

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

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.

Where to stay in Québec City

Château Repotel Henri IV
Château Repotel Henri IV
3.5 out of 5
2500, av. St-Jean-Baptiste, Québec City, QC, G2E 6J5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $92 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Québec City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,888 reviews)
"Clean but noisy as one side window could not close."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

Château Repotel Henri IV
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Québec City, QC, G1R4W6
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $116 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Québec City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 spa tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Good! (4,169 reviews)
"It was nice"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Québec City, QC, G1R 4P5
The price is $427 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Québec City. Enjoy 3 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,481 reviews)
"Not sure the price for the room was with it, as we've stayed at other hotels which were less costly and as pleasant, BUT we knew we were paying for the whole experience and it was everything we could have wanted."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Les Lofts Dorchester - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Les Lofts Dorchester - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
4 out of 5
300 Boulevard Charest E, Québec, QC G1K, Québec City, QC, G1K 6B1
The price is $139 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Québec City. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Old Port Quebec City and Quebec ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (109 reviews)
"All was good as expected"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Les Lofts Dorchester - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
La Maison Kent – Par les Lofts
La Maison Kent – Par les Lofts
3 out of 5
25 rue St-Louis, Québec City, QC, G1R4N3
The price is $221 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Québec City. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (183 reviews)
"location is good. but no front desk. not easy to communicate ask for support with English"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

La Maison Kent – Par les Lofts
Les Lofts St-Joseph - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Les Lofts St-Joseph - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
4 out of 5
764 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Québec City, QC, G1K 3C4
The price is $194 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 4-star condo in Québec City. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (699 reviews)
"Such a beautiful condo! Great location. 20 min walk to the old downtown. Lots of stairs and hills. Just take your time. Great Italian restaurant in the corner from the condo called Birra & Basta…. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Les Lofts St-Joseph - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Québec City

You will want to walk around the historic parts of the city, as these are very beautiful and discovering their secrets naturally is a delight. Get to the rest of the city using public buses, or rent a bike to use the miles of bike paths that weave through the city. Plenty of rental companies throughout the city cater to cyclists. Renting a car is another option, although not necessary within the city. Visit the Ministry of Transportation of Quebec website.Browse Québec City rental cars.

Best time to visit

Perhaps surprisingly, the freezing winter time is actually a good choice for a Québec visit if you’re interested in the city’s culture. There are festivals galore at this time of year, but you will have to wrap up very warm. The summer months are also full of events, and have much warmer weather. However, keep in mind that this is peak season, so hotels and attractions will be much busier.

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