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Things to do in Quebec City

Nowhere straddles 2 worlds quite like this city, which is both a wholly North American and European cultural gem.

Our most recommended things to do in Quebec City

Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

1. Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

Do something different during your time in Quebec City and visit the beautiful Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America. Avail of a theme that changes each winter to the delight of locals and tourists alike. During your self-guided visit, be greeted by fascinating art upon your arrival at the Grand Hall, and then be awestruck by the themed rooms and suites decorated with majestic sculptures. Stop by the beautiful chapel to appreciate its magical ambiance.  With its majestic snow arches, crystal-clear ice sculptures, and beautiful rooms, the ice hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience providing a luxurious Nordic-style getaway within a winter wonderland.

Quebec: Ice Hotel Entrance Ticket with Transportation

2. Quebec: Ice Hotel Entrance Ticket with Transportation

Explore the iconic Ice Hotel with its pristine white rooms, chapel, bar, and decor all made out of ice and compact snow. Sit back and relax on an easy 45-minute return shuttle ride from Quebec city center to the hotel, enjoying the wintry landscape along the way. Hop on your shuttle and head off to visit the marvelous Ice Hotel. Walk through its many rooms at your own pace, marveling at the soft colors of the lamps glinting off the snow and ice. If it's open, enjoy a drink at the hotel's ice bar surrounded by white walls and icy sculptures. Refreshed, continue your visit in your own time. Best of all, choose from a number of different return shuttle times, taking all the time you need to see the Ice Hotel in its entirety.

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

3. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

Quebec City: Guided Snowmobile Tour

4. Quebec City: Guided Snowmobile Tour

Come and discover the joys of winter only one hour drive from Quebec City. A guide will accompany you during your guided 1.5 hour snowmobile experience. They will explain the safety rules during a safety and training briefing prior to exploring the winter wonderland of Quebec's great outdoors. Your guided will lead your group while you follow along during the tour. There is not lunch or food served onsite, but guests are welcome to bring and eat their own food. There is free outdoor parking on site. For safety reasons, pregnant women cannot participate in the snowmobile activity, nor children under 9 years old.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

5. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

6. Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

Discover a complete relaxation experience at Strøm Nordic Spa, located only a few steps from Old Quebec City and the cruise terminal. Enjoy a thermal experience at an exceptional Nordic spa that includes the rental of a bathrobe, a towel, and a locker. Summer or winter, rain or shine, reduce stress as you revive your body and mind.  Begin by relaxing your muscles in the whirlpool hot tubs. Eliminate toxins by going to a heated sauna, followed by a dip in an ice-cold bath and a period of deep relaxation.  Practiced for thousands of years, thermotherapy is a wellness ritual based on the external use of water for therapeutic purposes. Benefit from access to the outdoor whirlpools, thermal and Nordic baths, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas with fireplaces. The gourmet bistro on-site offers panoramic views of the river and a Scandinavian-inspired cuisine highlighting local products and flavors.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

7. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the sights and history of Quebec City on a hassle-free guided day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. Start your day with a pickup from downtown Montreal. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allee, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

8. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Discover the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion.  After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience.  The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea.  Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince." After your excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Old Quebec Toboggan Ride with Hot Chocolate

9. Quebec City: Old Quebec Toboggan Ride with Hot Chocolate

Ride down the toboggan slide at Dufferin Terrace in the old town area of Quebec City. Reach speeds of up to 70 km/hour on 3 toboggan rides with up to 4 people as you enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic part of the city. Enjoy the surroundings of Dufferin Terrace, which remains a popular site for visitors to enjoy live entertainment and a unique viewpoint of the magnificent St. Lawrence River. Overlooked by the iconic Chateau Frontenac, soak in the atmosphere boardwalk which comes alive during the festive period. Hop on your toboggan and set off down the circuit at high speed on this annual holiday tradition in Quebec City. Feel the wind in your face as you grip tight to reach the end of the track. Enjoy up to 3 rides down this thrilling slide. Afterward, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate as you take in the festive atmosphere at Dufferin Terrace. Ticket are valid to be used at any point or date in the season.

Quebec City: Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

10. Quebec City: Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

Grab an inner tube and get an adrenaline rush on many snow runs at the largest winter playground in North America. Located 20 minutes from Québec City, Village Vacances Valcartier is open day or night for your pleasure. Brave the highest accelerated run in North America and slide down Everest, or head over to the legendary Himalaya summit, where 4 ultra steep and ultra-fast runs will test your nerves of steel as you reach speeds of almost 80 kilometers per hour. Take a moment to admire the views on the way down if you can! Make your way to the 7 snow slides of varying degrees of difficulty in the Central Area and slip and slide with all the family. Experience the heart-stopping slides of the Avalanche area, including the Tornado and Snow Rafting slides. Race your mates and enjoy the runs as often as you like at leisure.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

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The private tour was great. My guide was relaxed & casual, which I appreciated. He was very knowledgeable, especially regarding history, which particularly interests me. We covered a lot of ground, without it feeling rushed. He also offered suggestions for things I could explore on my own, based on what he learned about my preferences. Highly recommended!

We scheduled this tour at the beginning of our time in Quebec to get a lay of the land before we toured on our own. Quebec is such a walkable city that it was perfect for that. It happened to be snowy day which made it even more special. Our family found it to be a great value for the experience.

An amazing experience! It has a nice restaurant on site that had amazing food. It's a silent experience with many silent areas so it's good to keep that in mind!

Very pretty, even though it lasts a few seconds and the lines are huge. They should put a rail for the sleds to get on

Lovely experience I would bring a bottle of water just in case you spend too much time in the thermal baths