Explore Quebec: its history, festivals, theater, and more!

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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Historical Buildings, Museums and Live Music

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Where to stay in Quebec

Old Quebec
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Old Quebec

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums, Architecture

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

Top Hotels in Quebec

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hôtel Plaza Québec
4 out of 5
3031 boulevard Laurier, Quebec, QC
$87
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.2/5Very Good! (2,140 reviews)

This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Laurier Quebec and University Laval Hospital. Place de la Cite and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,140 reviews)

"The hotel was as nice as the picture and the restaurant was great."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Hôtel Plaza Québec
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Travelodge by Wyndham Hotel & Convention Centre Quebec City
3 out of 5
3125 Hochelaga Blvd., Quebec, QC
$67
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.8/5Good! (829 reviews)

Located in Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University Laval Hospital and Laurier Quebec. Laval University and Aquarium ...

3.8/5Good! (829 reviews)

"The room was a pleasant surprise. It seemed much higher than what I thought a Travelodge would be. I was very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Travelodge by Wyndham Hotel & Convention Centre Quebec City
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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
$128
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
3.9/5Good! (6,712 reviews)

Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building, and Quebec City Convention Center. Citadelle of Quebec ...

3.9/5Good! (6,712 reviews)

"Great location. Easy to walk to the conference centre."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

Popular things to do in Quebec

Citadelle of Quebec
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Citadelle of Quebec

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

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

Montmorency Falls
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Montmorency Falls

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

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

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

Le Château Frontenac
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Le Château Frontenac

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.

Top activities in Quebec

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls
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Quebec City & Montmorency Falls

$91

Journey back through 400 years of history on this magnificent tour of Quebec City, the historic heart of Francophone North America. 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.

Guided Quebec City Sightseeing Cruise
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Guided Quebec City Sightseeing Cruise

$32

Enjoy stunning views of the city from the water aboard the Louis Jolliet. As you take in Quebec City landmarks from the open-air terrace or enclosed, climate-controlled deck, listen to entertaining and informative narration about this vibrant metropolis past and present.

Québec City Grand Walking Tour
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Québec City Grand Walking Tour

$20

Hit the pavement to explore Québec City’s charming streets, magnificent architecture, and rich history and culture with an expert local guide leading the way. Begin your tour in the heart of Old Town and delve into the French-Canadian history of Québec City.

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

$56

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 Guided Tour: Meet a Local!
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Quebec City Guided Tour: Meet a Local!

$32

Stroll around the charming streets of Quebec City in company of our passionate guides. During this guided walking tour, you will discover 400 years of old world architecture and history.

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency Waterfalls Admission and Cable Car
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Parc de la Chute-Montmorency Waterfalls Admission and Cable Car

$16

Visit: Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, 5300 boulevard Sainte-Anne Au pied de la chute, Quebec City, Quebec G1C 0M3 Canada Hop aboard and open your eyes wide! The cable car is the perfect vantage point from which to watch the 83-metre-high waterfall flow into the St.

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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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