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.

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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.

  • 10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Quebec City

What top attractions are a must-see in Quebec City?

Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,403 reviews

We really enjoyed our tour. Phil was very knowledgeable about the history of QC city and the stories behind its various historical buildings. It was fun. we walked at our own pace....and really enjoyed the interaction! Phil brought us through many sections we had not walked through and showed us some paths we were not even aware of, even after walking extensively for 3 days before the tour. I highly recommend the tour! We will definitely recommend it to our friends! Thank you very much Phil.....your really made our visit a success for us! Hello from Lynn and Nathalie!

We selected this tour as we wanted to see the Falls, Orleans and the church and we did not want to drive ourselves. The Falls were excellent and we had enough time to walk the bridge and see the falls from several angles. The Il de Orleans was a nice drive, the chocolate shop was a little crowded but the hot chocolate was light drinking melted chocolate bar.

From the pick up at the hotel to the drop off at the end this was one of the best and educational experiences o have ever participated in

It was excellent, we enjoyed every single minute, we would like to stay longer,

Outstanding. Great service . Drive was beautiful. Tour guy alexis was the best