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Quebec Attractions

With Old World charm to spare within its centuries-old ramparts and plenty of Francophone flair, Quebec City is the heart of the province of Quebec. From the cobbled lanes of the Old Town to the lively neighborhoods along the St Lawrence River, there are plenty of things to do in Quebec City that can help you put your finger on the pulse of the Canadian city's special

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Areas & Neighborhoods in Quebec

Old Town

The heart of the city since Samuel de Champlain established Fort Saint Louis back in 1608, Quebec's Old Town is filled with historic buildings, from the Augustinian Monastery to Quebec City Hall. The historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dotted with museums and landmarks that go back to the 17 th century, and the shops of Little Champlain stand alongside the fortifications of the Citadelle de Québec.

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Home to the city's largest church and swatshs of waterfront parkland, this former shipbuilding neighborhood along the St. Charles River now boasts a vast selection of restaurants and shops set among monuments to its working-class origins. The renovated storefronts along Saint-Joseph Street feature breweries, salons, boutiques, and performance spaces that define the area's bohemian appeal.

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Street art and wall murals mark Quebec City's favorite arts district, which offers a laid-back combination of shops, food, and character. The open lawns of the Plains of Abraham mark the site of an 18 th -century battle that helped decide the fate of New France, while the bars and galleries along the nearby Avenue Cartier stand alongside some of the city's most fashionable shops.

What to See in Quebec

The sense of history is palpable in this city where the Old World meets the new. Battlefields Park holds old fortifications, monuments, and a museum to the war that gave Britain control over these lands, and you can visit the gardens on Parliament Hill to admire Quebec's magnificent center of government. Visit the charming Victorian buildings on the Grande Allee or the site of the first French settlement at the little church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires.

The countryside around Quebec City includes the low mountains of Jaques-Cartier National Park, where moose roam in forested valleys, while the slopes of Le Relais have been hosting skiers for more than 80 years. At Montmorency Falls, you can walk out over a cascade that stands higher than Niagara Falls and freezes solid in the winter.

Sightseeing in Quebec

Delve into Quebec City past and present to scope out its must-see monuments and modern hot spots. Join a guide for a walking tour that introduces you to Old Quebec, or get a day pass on a hop-on hop-off bus route that can take you a bit farther afield. Check out the sights from the water with a river cruise down the St. Lawrence, or get up in the air for a helicopter flight that adds an extra dimension to the experience.

When you're in the mood to leave town, there's plenty of fun waiting for you. A guided tour through rural Quebec shows you little colonial-era villages along with the cliffs of Montmorency Falls, and a visit to Canyon Sainte-Anne lets you admire the deep, ancient valley from suspension bridges and paths through the colorful forest.

If you're looking for a chance to sample the local craft beer scene, there's a tour for that, too. Or you can take advantage of all the remarkable scenery with the help of a local photographer and build a perfect professional photo album to document your stay.

Things to Do in Quebec with Kids

Quebec is a terrific place for a family getaway. Take the little ones along and enjoy these fun family friendly experiences together:

Free Things to Do in Quebec

Heading to Quebec on a budget? The following can be seen for nothing.

Royal 22e Regiment Museum - Talk to the friendly staff and learn about the collections housed here.

Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy - You won't do better than this place if your goal is to loosen up and join in the fun.

Marina Saint-Roch - Improve your stroke or just float around lazily at this top swimming spot.

Parliament Building - If you're eager to explore the area's history through its landmarks, put this one on your itinerary.

Place d Youville - Amble down the streets and appreciate the ambiance of this favorite area.

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency - There's something relaxing about being close to the water, so spend a while here.

Hotel-Dieu de Quebe - Open up your guidebook and find out why this place is worth adding to your itinerary.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity - Mix some spirituality into your travels by dropping by this religious site.

Le Boise de Tequenonday - Bring your camera and let the natural surrounds awaken a sense of wonder in you.

Esplanade Park - No matter if you can tell your lilies from lilacs, it's easy to find beauty in this marvelous display.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Quebec

Old Quebec

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

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Beauport

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.

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Saint-Nicolas

You might want to check out the restaurants while you're in Saint-Nicolas, and Place de l'Eglise Saint-Edmond-de-Stoneham is a top sight to visit in the nearby area.

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Saint-Romuald

Saint-Romuald is well-liked for its coffeehouses and riverfront. If you're hoping to see more of the larger area, Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec Cruise Terminal are some interesting sights nearby to check out.

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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.

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Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Quebec on a rainy day?

With great indoor activities like a Small-Group Craft Brewery & Beer-Tasting Tour in Quebec City to keep you out of mischief, there's no need to let a few showers stop you from having fun.

What is Quebec famous for?

No stay in Quebec is really complete without touring Place Royale and Citadelle of Quebec.

What should I not miss in Quebec?

Put these attractions high on your sightseeing list to get the most out of your trip:

  • Mont Sainte-Anne
  • Laval University
  • Montmorency Falls
  • Parliament Building

Are there cheap things to do in Quebec?

What can you do in Quebec for free?

You could store your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these excellent attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • Place Royale
  • Laval University
  • Parliament Building
  • Battlefields Park