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Old Québec

UNESCO designated the old part of our city as a World Heritage Site. It includes attractions such as the Château Frontenac (the world’s most photographed hotel), centuries-old architecture of French, Irish, Scottish and English origin, and many museums and historic sites. By day or by night, one can definitely feel the European spirit of this district.

Parliament Hill

Just outside the fortifications of Old Québec, the province’s National Assembly convenes in the Parliament Building, a marvellous architectural treasure. It is sometimes possible to visit inside.

Quartier Petit Champlain and Port of Québec

It is the oldest district of Québec, where the founders of the city landed in 1608! As you wander past historic buildings along cobblestone streets, enjoy the area’s boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

Musée de la civilisation

This is the most popular museum in Québec. Definitely a visitor-oriented museum with a highly-interactive approach that stimulates discovery, it hosts international-calibre exhibits about various topics.

Plains of Abraham

Scene of the 1759 battle between the British army of Wolfe and the French army of Montcalm, the Plains of Abraham are today the Central Park of Québec City. Discover one of the world’s largest and finest urban parks.

Montmorency Falls Park

Located 15 minutes by car from the city center, the Montmorency Falls reach an impressive 83 meters, 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls. This is a good place to be introduced to the greatness of Canada’s natural sites. The metrobus 800 can take you near this park.

Jacques-Cartier National Park

The spectacular Jacques-Cartier river flows through a deep valley surrounded by steep walls soaring up to 550 meters in height. It’s one of the favourite destinations of the people of Québec for hiking, canoeing and kayaking.

A few suggestions

  • Try our poutine! The poutine is a very typical fast-food dish and constitutes a unique cultural experience (it’s not relevant whether you like it or not). Everyone here has a favourite restaurant where to eat a poutine, so we cannot make any recommendation (the committee is actually still fighting over this). Hopefully, you will find some poutine in most junk food restaurants in the province, and also some gourmet venues (fancier versions of the dish).
  • Climb to Le Ciel (“heaven”), drink and contemplate the city! Between the Plains of Abraham and Grande Allée, crowning a famous hotel, Le Ciel is a panoramic restaurant that gives you a 360° view of Québec (really, it revolves at one turn per hour!) and the majestic Saint-Lawrence River. Our advice is to go there near the end of the afternoon to enjoy the view with a drink.
  • Take a Ghost Tour! If you are a fan of dark or ghost stories, we suggest you visit the city by night with a tourist guide. There are two or three local tour providers, and the cost is around $20 for 2 hours.