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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, 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

A high energy, entertaining and delightful tour.

Annabelle was our tour guide and she was absolutely wonderful! A life long resident of Quebec who knows all of the ins and outs of the city as well as the history of Canada and the Provence. Be prepared to walk and listen because she is a ball of energy and information. This tour exceeded our expectations and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know this beautiful and historic city.

Quebec City: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Steven, 09/21/2019

Great! he mixed history with personal stories about Quebec City.

James was wonderful. He guided us to interesting places of interest and related the history of each. He also discussed the politics and society of the area. James shared some of his personal stories of living in Quebec City- all providing a colorful and fascinating portrait of life in this beautiful town.

Quebec City: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Emily, 09/15/2019

Rene is an expert in all things Quebecois & a delightful tour guide!

What a terrific afternoon. Rene showed us places steeped in history, took us to fascinating corners we would not have discovered on our own, and gave us a quick lesson in local expressions. The tour was a delight from start to finish! Get your walking shoes on and get going.

Knowledgeable guide with gossipy details

Second walking tour in 2 days. Completely different. Very interesting stops. Churches and places. Useful information regarding cost of living and daily life in the city. Thank you Robert for sn enjoyable morning.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour Reviewed by Helmut & Angelika, 10/06/2019