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The 10 Best Things to See in Quebec

The creative, modern city of Quebec is well worth a visit, whether it’s for sightseeing, tours, or nightlife. The only walled city north of Mexico, Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its beautiful buildings, cobbled streets, and centuries of history.

Old Quebec
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Old Quebec

This cobbled, walled town is where the bulk of Quebec's rich history resides, including the Cathedral, chapels and churches. Take a horse-drawn carriage around for real tourism!

Citadelle of Quebec
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Citadelle of Quebec

Located at the top of Cap Diamant, the views from here are breathtaking. In summer and fall/autumn, the night tours are also particularly magical. Admission is $16 for adults.

Montmorency Falls
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Montmorency Falls

Catch a tram to the top of this large waterfall to appreciate its scale. Parking can be steep, so try nearby roads and streets for free parking before committing to the $12 charge per car.

Musée de la civilisation
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Musée de la civilisation

To learn about the French-Canadian people and history of this area, this attraction is a must. Kids and adults will both love the earthquake experience and tornado simulation, too.

Château Frontenac
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Château Frontenac

This grand and historic hotel may be out of some visitors' price range, but you can still download the self-guided tour app to learn about the history of the beautiful building.

Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec
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Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec

No French-flavored city is complete without its own tribute to 'Our Lady,' and Quebec is no exception. A quick half hour is usually enough to get a sense of the history.

Plains of Abraham
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Plains of Abraham

This was the site of a key battle in the Seven Years War, a clash between the French and British Empires. A wonderful place for a picnic, factor this site into a day outdoors.

The Battlefields Park
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The Battlefields Park

This large park incorporates the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park and offers many walking trails, so bring your hiking boots. Look out for summer concerts, too.

Parliament Building
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Parliament Building

This impressive building was completed in 1886. The brilliant and informative tour is free, runs all day in English or French, and can be booked ahead in Spanish.

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Enjoy artworks by the sons and daughters of this creative city, and throughout Canada. The restaurant, which offers a lovely view, is also not to be missed.

Planning Your Quebec City Visit

How to get there

Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport offers direct access to the city. Taxis and buses are readily available.

How long do I need?

Allow two full days to explore the city, and an extra day to see the surrounding area and further afield.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit in the summer when the temperatures are warm and there are many festivals to choose from. It's a little more expensive at this time, but the shoulder seasons offer very little in terms of special events.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Fantastic experience. Very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended!

We booked the bike tour for our first morning in Quebec City to get to know the area quickly and make the most of our few days there. We are a family of 6, with 4 teens of varying fitness levels. On the morning of our tour it was pouring rain. We called to ask about rescheduling. We were assured they had been checking the radar and the rain would stop around the time of our tour but if not we could look at postponing. Sure enough the rain stopped as we arrived at the meeting point and stayed away the remainder of the trip! We met our lovely guide, Phil, and found our bikes were ready for us, complete with water, handlebar bags for our small items and a rain poncho just in case! We made adjustments to seats and had a basic overview/bike safety instructions from Phil and we were off! Phil was a fun and very knowledgeable guide. The pace was perfect for all of us and we got to see so much more of the city and surrounding green space than on a walking tour. Definitely recommended!

Very nice trip that was worth every penny.

This is a must for anyone visiting Quebec City. It covered the key spots and our tour guide / driver was very knowledgeable and experienced. He spent time describing every spot we visited (total of 5 stops). The best were the Church at Basilica and the Falls of course. Not to be missed. The only negative was that at the pick up point, there could have been better signs, information and coordination so the tourists and ones booked in advance on this tour know exactly the bus to enter. Too many buses at the spot and I got led into the wrong bus and sat inside for almost 20 minutes until some one came and said there were a bunch of people inside the wrong bus. The surprising matter was that that driver actually scanned and allowed us to sit inside his bus even though we were in the wrong tour on his bus. As a result of this, I missed getting a better spot on the correct bus I was supposed to be in. I wish they organize this better for tourists.

Fantastic, Helpful Staff, Great Service!

We spent a spectacular day touring Ile d'Orleans on scooters, thanks to the fantastic staff at the Scooter Rental. The day started out a bit shaky, as I had not even been on a bicycle in years, but the shop operator was patient with me, and spent a lot of time getting me up to speed in the parking lot. He made sure I was completely comfortable before we left on our trek. The scooters were a hoot, and the investment of time that the attendant gave me made the day our best one in the city. Absolutely amazing!

Quebec City and Île d'Orléans: Scooter Rental Reviewed by Heather, 08/22/2019

Great way to begin your trip to quebec to get overall view.

One day pass is enough. We didnt use the second day pass at all because we didnt know when and where to find the stops when we were out walking around the following day so ended up just walking. We needed it later than 4:00 pm when it ended, so took a public bus back to our hotel at night. Also the volume for the tour wasnt loud enough over the people in back of us and the traffic at times. One day pass for initial overview is fine.

A fantastic, exhilarating ride on an idyllic island!

From the greeting at Motel d’Orléons and tutorial to the incredible journey through beautiful countryside, by very old and lovingly maintained Oléons houses, by views of Québec City, an incredible chocolate place, a winery, and many berry sellers, it was an incredible day. It was an unforgettable experience, and the electric bikes made the uphill portions a breeze, so nice when on holiday!

Ile d'Orleans: Electric Bike Rental Reviewed by Shawn, 08/05/2019