Quebec

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.

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Where to stay in Quebec

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is $88 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Quebec City Convention Center and Citadelle of Quebec. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec Cruise ...
3.9/5 Good! (3,983 reviews)
"quite nice place except old"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $161 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in the city center, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Old Quebec is within a 10-minute walk of Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec Cruise Terminal and close ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,997 reviews)
"Great location and attentive staff."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

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 $124 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Le Capitole and Palais Montcalm. Esplanade Park and Tourny Fountain ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,104 reviews)
"Close to everything"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

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.
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, Quebec, QC
The price is $85 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Saint-Roch, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quebec City Convention Center, Quebec City Town Hall, and Citadelle of Quebec. Old Port ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"We stayed here towards the end of September 2021. Once we got there, it felt so comfortable like a home. It was immaculately clean as if no one had ever stayed there before. We stayed in the King Size room and there was so much space in the unit. Everything that you could think of was provided and ..."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Les Lofts Dorchester - By Les Lofts Vieux-Quebec
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, Quebec, QC
The price is $113 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Saint-Roch, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Church of St. Roch and Le Capitole. Hotel-Dieu de Quebe and Palais Montcalm are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (634 reviews)
"Nice open space. Close to downtown."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Les Lofts St-Joseph - By Les Lofts Vieux-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 $105 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Old Quebec, this condo building is steps from Quebec Experience, Quebec City Town Hall, and Basilique Cathedrale Notre-Dame of Quebec. Musee du Fort ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (462 reviews)
"Great location. Clean and Modern. Had a great experience with family."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Les Lofts du Trésor - 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 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.

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