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Old QuebecQuebec

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.


Popular places to visit in Old Quebec

Le Château Frontenac
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Le Château Frontenac

4.5/5(1,069 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(829 reviews)

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

Quebec City Town Hall
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Quebec City Town Hall

4.5/5(433 reviews)

After visiting Quebec City Town Hall, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Quebec. Experience the area's fascinating museums and great live music.

Place Royale
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Place Royale

4.5/5(699 reviews)

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

Citadelle of Quebec
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Citadelle of Quebec

4.5/5(760 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.

Quartier Petit Champlain
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Quartier Petit Champlain

4.5/5(394 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Old Quebec

Best of Old Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Small Group Tour
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Best of Old Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Small Group Tour

$30
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Guided Quebec City Sightseeing Cruise
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Guided Quebec City Sightseeing Cruise

$33
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Discover l’île d’Orléans ''The Taste Trail''
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Discover l’île d’Orléans ''The Taste Trail''

$38
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Québec City Grand Walking Tour
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Québec City Grand Walking Tour

$20
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Gourmet 5-Course Dinner Cruise
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Gourmet 5-Course Dinner Cruise

$105
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Aquarium du Quebec: A Playground Overflowing with Life!
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Aquarium du Quebec: A Playground Overflowing with Life!

$19
Per adult

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
The price is $268 per night

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,563 reviews)

"An amazing historic hotel in the the middle of old Quebec. The hotel did a remarkable job with cleaning and general maintenance. Had an issue with the valet service and they did an excellent job with customer service."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 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
The price is $83 per night

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! (2,625 reviews)

"Great location, nice sized rooms. My only issue was they only gave us two pillows for the bed, not the standard 4. However, they immediately brought us two more pillows upon request. Right outside the gates of old Quebec."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hotel Acadia
Hotel Acadia
3 out of 5
43 Rue Sainte-ursule, Quebec, QC
The price is $81 per night

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

3.8/5Good! (1,036 reviews)

"Good location but mornings are pitiful with no coffee or staff available in main lobby also no daily room cleanup and tiny bath towels were disappointing"…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Hotel Acadia
Quebec City Marriott Downtown
Quebec City Marriott Downtown
3.5 out of 5
850 Place D'Youville, Quebec, QC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $137 per night

This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Palais Montcalm and Le Capitole. Quebec City Convention Center and Parliament ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (961 reviews)

"We had a wonderful stay! Unfortunately due to the situation we couldn’t enjoy the amenities, but overall an excellent experience."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Quebec City Marriott Downtown
Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux
Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux
4.5 out of 5
8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec, QC
The price is $266 per night

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

4.9/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)

"Stayed in this beautiful hotel for one night in Quebec city and it was incredible. Impeccable service and a beautiful spacious room. We were upgraded in a suite with a balcony which was awesome. The bistro of the hotel had great service and food. The only downside of the hotel is the TV, the channels ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux
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 $142 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,605 reviews)

"Highly recommended. Friendly staff and great food."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Hotel Port Royal

Other neighborhoods in Quebec

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

Vieux-Québec-Cap-Blanc-colline Parlementaire

If you're spending some time in Vieux-Québec-Cap-Blanc-colline Parlementaire, Quebec City Town Hall and Old Port Quebec City are top sights worth seeing.

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

Lower Town

The ample dining options and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to Lower Town. A stop by Old Port Quebec City or Quebec Cruise Terminal might round out your trip.

Lower Town
Érico-Chocolaterie Créative et Musée du Chocolat
Leo Li on trover

Saint-Jean Street

Travelers come to Saint-Jean Street for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Le Capitole and Saint Jean-Baptiste Church while you're in town.

Saint-Jean Street
Upper Town featuring a park

Haute-Ville

While visiting Haute-Ville, you might make a stop by sights like Parliament Building and Grand Theatre of Quebec.

Haute-Ville
Upper Town featuring a park

Saint-Jean-Baptiste

While visiting Saint-Jean-Baptiste, you might make a stop by sights like Grand Theatre of Quebec and Saint Jean-Baptiste Church.

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.
Linda Nisbett on trover

Saint-Roch

4.5/5Wonderful!(110 area reviews)

Saint-Roch is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Marina Saint-Roch and Church of St. Roch while you're in town.

Saint-Roch

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