15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions to Do In the Province Of Quebec


As one of the oldest cities in North America, when you walk through the cobbled streets of Quebec City you cannot help but feel that you are traveling through time, visiting iconic sites that have survived the test of time.

 

Old Quebec

Old Quebec (or Vieux-Québec, as the locals know it) is not so much an attraction but a collection of impressive tourist attractions, all in the same historic area. This UNESCO World Heritage treasure is perfect for a day trip. In just a few hours you can see the architecture dating back centuries, as well as impressive churches and chapels that go back to the religious history of the province.

 

Quebec Fortifications

Many people do not realize that Quebec is a walled city; in fact, the only city that remains walled in North America. At approximately 2.8 miles in length, the Quebec fortifications are part of a defense system between 1608 and 1871, by the French and then the British and eventually the Canadian forces. Take a tour through the walls to learn about its history and enjoy the views of the historic city they keep, as well as the St. Lawrence River on the horizon.

 

Park Montmorency Falls Park

Many people are surprised when they discover that there is a waterfall that is half as big as Niagara Falls just minutes from Quebec City. At 272 feet high, the Montmorency Falls are something you have to see, both from the city and from up close in the Montmorency Falls Park.

 

The Petit Champlain District and Place Royale

Visitors to Quebec City talk about its European charm and the best example of this is the Petit Champlain district (Quartier du Petit Champlain), one of the oldest neighborhoods in North America. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets and visit the many boutiques and shops for a fashionable souvenir. Nearby is the Place Royale, a small square with a lot of history. This is where Samuel de Champlain founded the city in 1608.

 

Abraham Moors

The Abraham Moors is located in the Central Park of Quebec City: an incredible urban green space where you can enjoy the natural steps of the city. Here it was, in the moors, where General Wolfe and Montcalm fought for the future of the French and British Empires in North America.

 

The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

A million visitors a year make a stop at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine and for a very good reason: the 350-year-old basilica is incredibly beautiful. Although the sanctuary is the oldest pilgrimage site in North America, and it continues to offer daily Masses, you do not have to be religious to appreciate the hundreds of stained glass windows, the many beautiful works of art or the golden statue of Saint Anne right in the center of everything.

 

Musée de la Civilization & Musée National des Beaux-Arts

Two of the most important museums attract people all year round in Quebec City. The first, the Musée de la Civilization presents the evolution of our society and does so even though its own building, which is a mixture of old structures with modern design. Inside you will find exhibits of the aborigines of Quebec. The Musée National des Beaux-Arts is the city's fine arts museum, with a collection of 38,000 works of art from the last four centuries.

 

Jacques-Cartier National Park

The good thing about the Jacques-Cartier National Park is that it has everything for you to choose. Nicknamed "the best of the exteriors of Quebec City", the park's 258 square feet house all these activities and more. Pack your campaign home and start 62 miles of hiking trails, cross rivers, scale the mountain highlands, cross valleys and just enjoy everything Mother Nature offers you.

 

Parliament Hill

For more than a century, the Parliament Building of Quebec City has been prominently on the top of a hill in the city. Inspired by the Louvre Palace in Paris, the building is a beautiful work of architecture, especially at night when it is illuminated. The floors of the building are adorned with 26 bronze statues to commemorate the main characters in the history of the province, and the beautiful Fontaine de Tourney who sits in front of the Parliament as an extravagant centerpiece.

 

Orleans Isle

The Orleans Isle is very close to Quebec City, crossing a bridge, but offers a completely different perspective of the region. Orleans is an island of farmers and food producers, and as you travel to the outskirts you will reach six different villages: Sainte-Pétronille is on the tip of the island, with great views of the Montmorency Waterfall and offers a very good local wine. Saint-Laurent is full of farms where you can stop and fields of strawberries.

 

Maritime Quebec (St. Lawrence River)

The St. Lawrence River is the estuary, gulf, and soul of the Maritime Quebec. Crossing the province for more than 1000 kilometers, it is as much home to a host of marine creatures as whales and seals as a guide to discovering beautiful coastal communities where tradition, culture, and flavor live in the air.

 

The Mont-Royal

The Mont Royal is the hill located in the center of the city that gives the name of the city historically - previously it was called Mont Real. It is an important hill located very close to the most important neighborhoods of the city, whose slopes are occupied by parks and green areas to turn it into an authentic urban park.

 

The Jazz Festival and Street Events

Montreal is a city with an icy winter, so when the summer comes, its inhabitants massively take to the streets to participate in outdoor events and activities. The most popular of these events is the Jazz Festival that brings together some of the best jazz musicians in the world in Montreal during the last week of June and the first week of July.

 

The Poutine

The poutine is the most prominent and has become, in addition, one of the great dishes typical of Canada. It is a very basic, heavy and caloric food, which can often look like fast food, but which, well prepared and with good ingredients, tastes great. It consists of a base of French fries to which meat sauce and pieces of white cheese are added. Subsequently, ingredients are added to this base to the consumer's taste. Any type of meat is the most common, but you can also add vegetables.

 

The Rue Sainte Catherine

It is the reference street of the city of Montreal. Boulevard Saint Laurent divides it between East and West, but both parts of the street have a special personality. The Eastside houses The Village, the lively gay district of the city and is a pleasant pedestrian promenade between the months of May and August. For its part, Rue Sainte Catherine West is the commercial reference par excellence of Montreal. Always busy and full of people, with large shopping centers such as the Eaton Center, a very busy area of bars and restaurants in the Crescent area and an area of theaters and concert halls in the Quartier des Spectacles.

 

The Montreal Canadiens

They are the ice hockey team of the city and - taking away the recent appearance of a football team - the great reference to the sport in Montreal. The city is completely dedicated to its team and if we coincide in the city during a match - the season runs from October to the end of the spring - it is a good experience to see in Montreal coming by the Bell Arena and enjoying an NHL game. , the professional hockey league in which teams from the United States and Canada compete.

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