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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!(1,779 area reviews)

Old Quebec is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Quebec City Town Hall and Old Port Quebec City.

Old Quebec
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 Videotron Centre and Quebec City Town Hall while you're in town.

Centre-Ville
Parks Canada\'s Dufferin Terrace which includes skyline and heritage architecture

La Cite-Limoilou

4.5/5Wonderful!(350 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 Quebec City Town Hall or Old Port Quebec City while you're exploring the neighborhood.

La Cite-Limoilou
Quebec Aquarium Park featuring a park and a bridge

Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge

4.5/5Wonderful!(214 area reviews)

Gardens, shopping, and historic sites highlight some of the noteworthy features of Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge. Make a stop by Laurier Quebec or Aquarium du Québec while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge
Montmorency Falls featuring a bridge, a suspension bridge or treetop walkway and hiking or walking

Beauport

4/5Very Good!(67 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
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

Top Hotels in Quebec

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is $128 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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! (2,558 reviews)

"Amazing place in the most beautiful city! Great location! Very friendly and professional staff! Food is delicious!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $71 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

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! (4,019 reviews)

"Good value for the price and location. Not fair to expect 5 star facilities for a 3 star price. However, the building and rooms do show the age of the hotel. If you're looking for s decent place to spend a night or two, it serves the purpose."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $102 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

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! (2,628 reviews)

"The property is in a great location, central to all main attractions"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
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.

Vacation Rentals in Quebec

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 $77 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

Located in Old Quebec, this condo building is steps from Quebec Experience and Quebec City Town Hall. Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (414 reviews)

"Good location. Very functional unit with full amenities."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Les Lofts du Trésor - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Les Lofts St-Pierre - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Les Lofts St-Pierre - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
4 out of 5
116 rue St-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is $77 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 21

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (282 reviews)

"Great location, close to all of the tourist sites. We had a little one with us so just note that there are a few stairs to deal with at the front entrance to the property but there are elevators inside. The inside was well appointed. We enjoyed the use of the kitchen and washer/dryer. We did find ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

Les Lofts St-Pierre - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
Complexe Les Neiges
Complexe Les Neiges
3 out of 5
1910 Boulevard Les Neiges, Saint Ferreol les Neiges, QC
The price is $56 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Situated in Saint Ferreol les Neiges, this golf condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jean Larose Falls, Mont Sainte-Anne, and Le Grand Vallon Golf Club. Canyon ...

4/5Very Good! (152 reviews)

"Great price for clean, simple, but comfortable accommodations."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Complexe Les Neiges
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 Quebec

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 Quebec 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.

Popular places to visit in Quebec

Mont Sainte-Anne
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Mont Sainte-Anne

4.5/5(346 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Mont Sainte-Anne, a top ski area in Quebec. Discover the mountain views and spas in this family-friendly area.

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.

Laval University
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Laval University

4.5/5(132 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe with a visit to Laval University, a well-known college in Sillery. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

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.

Montmorency Falls
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Montmorency Falls

4.5/5(727 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.

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 acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums.

Top things to do in 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
Discover l’île d’Orléans ''The Taste Trail''
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Discover l’île d’Orléans ''The Taste Trail''

$39
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Quebec City Guided Tour: Meet a Local!
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Quebec City Guided Tour: Meet a Local!

$31
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
Guided Tour of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
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Guided Tour of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

$21
Per adult
86% 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

Reviews of Quebec

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 16.536748329621382%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.2271714922048997%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.22271714922049%
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5/5 - Excellent

Christina

Mar 16, 2020

Such a cute town, I loved it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Loved Quebec! The people and culture are incredible. Much to see and do. Would love to come back in the summer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

One of the most welcoming Cities we have visited.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

Plenty of winter activities both outdoor and indoor.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Great food and friendly people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

The ice slides and maple syrup pops were great!

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Quebec Aquarium Park featuring a park and a bridge

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