What to see in Quebec City

Quebec City Attractions

Many interesting sights and tourist attractions in Quebec City are located in the walled Old Quebec district atop the hill, including dozens of small shops, boutiques, and attractive historical buildings. There are also interesting neighbourhoods to explore in the more modern Upper Town and Lower Town, which are connected by stairs.

Also known as the Old City, it's compact and easily walkable. If you get tired or cannot navigate the steep stairs between Upper Town and Lower Town, take a scenic ride in the Funiculaire or hire one of many horse-drawn carriages for a quaint mode of sightseeing.

There are many things to see and do in Quebec City. Visit the National Museum of the Arts, the Franco-American Museum, or the Capital Observatory, which is in one of the tallest buildings in Quebec and offers panoramic views of the city.

You can take a ferry to Lévis which offers memorable views of the Chateau Frontenac and the Old City, or take a sunset cruise on the Saint Lawrence River. Children will enjoy a visit to the Chocolate Museum or a spin around the ice rink in the Old City, while Villages Vacances Valcartier has waterslides and go-karting in the summer.

Just a few kilometres from downtown, the unspoilt wilderness areas surrounding Quebec City present numerous opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation, like horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, and skiing.

Battlefields Park (Plains of Abraham)

Once the setting for bloody battles between the British and the French, the Plains of Abraham today serve as Quebec City's…

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Guided walking tours of the three mile (5km) wall surrounding the Old City of Quebec trace the evolution of the city's…

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A panoramic bird's eye view of historic Quebec City can be had from the cabin of the funicular that travels at a 45 degree…

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L'Île d'Orléans

The little island in the Saint Lawrence River, just 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City, is an historical treasure trove…

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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Basse-Ville is Quebec City's Lower Town, a charming old quarter full of narrow, winding streets, historical stone buildings,…

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Montmorency Falls Park

Just to the east of Quebec City lies the spectacular Montmorency Falls which plunges 272 feet (83m), one and a half times…

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Old Port of Montreal

Montreal's Old Port is actually fairly new, having undergone a major facelift to make it the most popular…

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Parliament Buildings

Just outside the old city walls stands the imposing 19th-century Parliament Building, inspired by the Louvre in Paris…

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Place Royale

The site of the historical Place-Royale complex was used in ancient times for trading by the First Nations, until the…

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