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15 best sites to visit in Quebec City, Canada

These places offer a unique cultural, historical, natural and recreational experience for visitors. There is something for every taste and every level of interest. Be sure to check the official websites for opening hours, admission fees and available activities.

Quebec City conquers the visitor from the first moment. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this historic destination is home to ancient fortifications, walkways, museums, beautiful landscapes and historic buildings. If you are planning an itinerary for your next visit, be sure to include these essential places.

Citadel of Quebec

The Citadel is a military station located in the upper part of Punta Diamante. It is part of the fortification walls that surround the city and extends for about 4.6 kilometers. Quebec is the only fortified city north of Mexico.

Parliament

We found this architectural treasure just outside the wall of Old Quebec, this building is the seat of the parliament and the national assembly of the city. Open to the public and offers free guided tours in French and English. You will discover the roots of Quebec and the countries that contributed to its creation. When you are in Parliament, you have a clearer view of how politics works in the region.

Dufferin Terrace

The Dufferin Terrace Walk is one of the most famous promenades of the city with its breathtaking views of the old you see and the San Lorenzo River while walking, you can observe the canyons that once defended the city. This long terrace is very busy during the summer months when artists perform and vendors offer souvenirs to visitors.

Place RoyaleLocated in Quebec City’s Lower Town, this famous square is paved and surrounded by old buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, when Quebec City was born. For over 200 years, the Plaza Royal was the city’s main market and the center of all commercial activities due to its proximity to the Old Port.

The French influence is evident in Place Royale and along Rue du Petit-Champlain, the visit is a true journey into the past. It is the oldest district in North America and where Samuel de Champlain established his first residence in 1608, this square brings together many historical aspects of the city.

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Neighborhood of Petit-Champlain

One of the most famous regions of Quebec. This picturesque collection of narrow cobblestone streets, art galleries, stores and restaurants in old stone buildings.

You can access Lower Quebec from the Dufferin Terrace by following the Frontenac Stairs, keep walking past the shops until you reach the stairs. From there you have a panoramic view of the place, which at night becomes a light show.

The Old Port of Quebec

The old port has been an important part of Quebec City’s economic health for 400 years. The multiple commercial activities, as well as the cruises that arrive more frequently, testify to this.

Plains of Abraham

One of the most prestigious national urban parks and the first historic park in Canada. It is a plateau located southwest of Quebec City.

It was here that the battle known as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham took place, during which, after a three-month siege, the British defeated the French on September 13, 1959. British General Wolfe led his men in a sneak attack against the cliffs, surprising the unprepared French and accelerating the British takeover of New France.

Grande Allée

The Grande Allée is one of the most famous streets in Quebec City. It is known for its restaurants, beautiful buildings and important celebrations. For example, the summer festival, the winter carnival – the largest carnival of its kind in the world – and the New Year’s celebration during which they close the access to cars and make this avenue a platform of fun and colorful entertainment.

Place D'Youville

An area of the city where culture, heritage and festivities come together to create a unique atmosphere. It is a very pleasant place to walk and sit to soak up the atmosphere of the city and it is also the entrance to the old town through the Porte St Jean. It is easy to walk around, there is always an event, in the summer you can attend concerts while in the winter there is a free ice rink.

Treasure Street

It is a small alley in which artists exhibit their works: paintings, drawings, portraits, etc.

The artworks vary in quality and style, but in general, they all highlight the city and the great province of Quebec. It is fascinating to visit this small space where local artists also express their love for the region.

Montmorency Falls Park

By cable car, via the panoramic staircase or from the suspension bridge, discover the Montmorency waterfall, an enchanting natural phenomenon only 15 minutes from downtown. Three ferry routes and a double zip line promise the most adventurous adrenaline rush.

Jacques-Cartier National Park

This vast mountainous plateau dotted with valleys and deep rivers is a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Here, a canoe or kayak trip, a walk or snowshoeing trip, a fishing trip or a few days of camping turn into a magnificent expedition in an exuberant environment.

The National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, proud of its reference collection of over 38,000 works of Québec art, offers a broad overview of the history of Québec art from the 17th century to the present day. The museum has 4 pavilions and is located in the heart of the magnificent Plain of Abraham.

Sanctuary of Sainte-Anne-De-Beaupré

Visit this cult site dedicated to Santa Ana, one of the five national shrines of Quebec, visited for 350 years. Discover inside sumptuous stained glass windows, paintings, mosaics and sculptures on stone and wood that will delight your eyes

Valcartier Vacation Village

This huge leisure complex includes an outdoor water park and a brand new indoor water park open all year round. The summer program also includes adventure courses in the trees and rafting. Winter is also synonymous with fun at the largest winter playground in America, as well as at the Ice Hotel, an ephemeral architectural work made of snow and ice, unique in North America.

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