You'll find 400 years of history and a thousand and one things to experience. Among them, Québec City's top picks are strongly recommended for your first trip to the capital. Here are a few suggestions to help you get to the heart of Québec City, whatever the season:

Bus tour on the Plains of Abraham (Battlefields Park) | Credit:  OTQ / Guy Lessard
Credit: OTQ / Guy Lessard

Enjoy a Guided Tour or Excursion

From the classics to the unusual, Québec City has plenty of tours available.

  • On land (the fortifications or the Old City, for example)
  • On the St. Lawrence River (local, island, or whale-watching cruises)
  • In the air (by plane or hot-air balloon)

All in all, there's no wrong way to tour Québec City and area. Do it your way!

Observatory (Observatoire de la Capitale) | Credit:  Observatoire de la Capitale
Credit: Observatoire de la Capitale

Rise Up with Observatoire de la Capitale

To get your bearings, and a real eyeful at the same time, treat yourself to the highest and most spectacular panorama in town!

Ride the elevator to Observatoire de la Capitale. Gaze down on the river, Île d'Orléans, the Château Frontenac, the Parliament Building, the fortifications, the Plains of Abraham, the city's south shore, and the Appalachian and Laurentian mountain ranges from an altitude of 221 meters—a truly uplifting experience!

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Québec-Lévis Ferry | Credit:  Beau Portrait
Credit: Beau Portrait

Take the Québec City—Lévis Ferry

Sail the St. Lawrence river for peanuts!

Board the ferry and observe the play of the current (and chunks of ice crashing against each other in winter) while you enjoy the fresh breeze. Admire the magnificent landscapes, including Cap Diamant and Montmorency Falls—beautifully lit up at night—as well as the steep cliffs of Lévis on the far shore. Back on land, take a moment to stroll along the bike path beside the river. 

The return trip takes about an hour and your pictures will be like postcards!

Tourny Fountain at night | Credit:  La Maison Simons
Credit: La Maison Simons

Make a Wish at Fontaine de Tourny

Going around in circles is nothing to write home about—unless it's at one of the country's most elegant traffic circles!

Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale in front of the Parliament Building is home to a lordly fountain that will dazzle you both day and night. Don't miss it! It's located right near Grande Allée (known as Québec City's Champs-Élysées) and the Plains of Abraham, one of the world's largest and most celebrated urban parks.

Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré  | Credit:  Guy Lessard
Credit: Guy Lessard

Make a Pilgrimage to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica

For many, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré shrine has been a “land of miracles” for more than 350 years.

Like over a million visitors each year, come marvel at the beauty of the church, spend a moment in meditation, or ask a favor of Saint Anne. Whatever your beliefs, you're sure to feel restored in one of North America's oldest pilgrimage sites, in the magnificent surroundings of Côte-de-Beaupré.

You're sure to love this city that blends European flair with a charm all its own.

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