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What to see in Quebec City

Quebec City Attractions

Many interesting sights and tourist attractions are located in the Old Quebec district, including dozens of small shops, boutiques, and attractive historical buildings. The more modern Upper Town and Lower Town also have interesting neighbourhoods.

Quebec City is compact and easily walkable. Visitors who get tired or can't navigate the steep stairs between Upper Town and Lower Town can take a scenic ride in the Funicular, or hire one of many horse-drawn carriages for a quaint mode of sightseeing.

Attractions include the National Museum of the Arts, the Franco-American Museum, and the Capital Observatory, which is in one of the tallest buildings in Quebec. Visitors could also ferry across the St. Lawrence River to Lévis and enjoy memorable views of the Chateau Frontenac and the Old City. Sunset cruises on the Saint Lawrence River are a must. Children may relish a trip to the Chocolate Museum or a spin around the Old City's ice rink, 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 primary 'green lung'. A playground and peaceful arboreal retreat, it's a venue…

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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 defence system across three centuries. The walls were built between 1608 and 1871…

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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 angle from Louis Jolliet House in the heart of the Old City to Dufferin Terrace.…

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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 containing 600 heritage buildings. Algonquin natives called the island Windigo,…

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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, and an overwhelming array of trendy cafes, bars, and boutique stores. The…

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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 higher than Niagara Falls. Besides a beautiful setting, the park also boasts…

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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 site in the city. Named Vieux Port de Montreal in French, it draws some five million…

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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 and designed by the architect, Eugene Etienne Taché. Although it is the…

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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 leader of the first Quebec French settlement, Samuel de Champlain, constructed…

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