Are you the type to get stores to open outside normal hours just for you, like Céline Dion did at Benjo’s? Or to take helicopter tours of all the places you visit? 

If you’re looking for luxurious experiences, choose a luxurious destination. Québec City will dazzle you with its European charm, spectacular natural beauty, and 400-year-old historic district recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here is our top 10 of high-end Québec City experiences:

Château Living | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ

Château Living

What could be more romantic than a night in the legendary Fairmont Le Château Frontenac? Its palatial suites are extravagantly adorned with antique furniture, decorative wood panelling, marble bathtubs, and enormous windows looking out across the St. Lawrence River.

This world-class five-star hotel has hosted Queen Elizabeth, U.S. and French presidents, Alfred Hitchcock, and numerous international stars.

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St. Lawrence River Cruises

Québec City is increasingly sought after as a cruise ship destination. In summer and fall such prestigious cruise ship lines as Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean eagerly include it on their itineraries. Experience a Québec City–New England cruise for breathtaking views of the city.

Or enjoy shorter, more intimate excursions by sailing a sloop or luxury catamaran to explore the wonders of the area.

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Haute Cuisine with Flair

Among the area’s elite fine dining venues is undoubtedly Initiale in the Old City. The tasting menu, with wine pairings artfully concocted by chef Yvan Lebrun, is the epitome of refined French cuisine. The intimate atmosphere at this celebrated Five Diamond–rated Relais & Châteaux restaurant is worthy of even the grandest occasions.

No epicurean tour of Québec City would be complete without a visit to Le Saint-AmourRestaurant. Its authentic Québec terroir–studded menu has earned chef Jean-Luc Boulay such prestigious titles as that of Maître Cuisinier de France
—one of only four in all of Canada. Paul McCartney and Sting are among the many
who have sung his refined cuisine’s praises.

Learn about other renowned local chefs and their restaurants.

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The Massif de Charlevoix Train

Experience breathtaking mountain and coastline vistas on board the Massif de Charlevoix Train. There’s nothing else like it!

As you pull away from Québec City in your luxurious observation car, you’ll be spellbound by spectacular panoramic river views. The gourmet dining on board will delight your senses. Your special railway cruise includes stops in the picturesque towns of Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie.

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Exclusive 5-Star Golf

Avid golfer? La Tempête Golf Club—the Québec City area’s first international calibre golf course—is for you. This spectacular 200 acre Huxham-designed course features superior cross-cut turf—it’s even been chosen to host the World Skins Game.

But the only way for non-members to play is with the exclusive package offered by five-star hotel Le Bonne Entente.

Auberge du Ravage | Credit:  Auberge du Ravage
Credit: Auberge du Ravage

Natural Splendour

What would you say to a photo safari in the land of beaver, moose, and black bear?  You can do it in the lap of luxury at lavish Auberge du Ravage.

It’s the province’s only five-star forest inn, at Pourvoirie du Lac Moreau outfitters in the heart of the Charlevoix World Biosphere Reserve.

Luxury Journey  | Credit:  Luc Manago
Credit: Luc Manago

Snowmobile Expedition

Looking for thrills and a change of scenery? An off-trail snowmobile adventure with the specialists at Nord Expé is just what you need! Get off the beaten track for a first-class adventure with prestigious and exclusive excursion.

Guided by expert snowmobilers, you’ll have the best equipment for your Canadian adventure. A unique opportunity to meet great people and enjoy beautiful snowscapes.

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White Christmas in Old Québec

Québec City is a holiday season mecca. The Old City is all aglow, swathed in white like a Christmas village.

Steps away is Auberge Saint-Antoine, where they really know how to make the season bright. Enjoy a traditional feast at Restaurant Panache, then spend the night in the hotel’s finest suite: where Paul McCartney stayed on his visit to Québec City. Auberge Sainte-Antoine is a member of Relais & Châteaux. Both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure rank it as one of the best hotels in the world.

Huron-Wendat Longhouse | Credit:  Louise Bilodeau
Credit: Louise Bilodeau

An Authentic First Nations Experience

Immerse yourself in the world of the Huron-Wendat nation and spend the night in a longhouse.

You’ll learn how to make bannock, their traditional bread, and a storyteller will spark your imagination with First Nations myths and legends. Complete your stay with a meal featuring fine Northern cuisine at La Traite restaurant in Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations. Then, you’ll be sure to enjoy a good night’s sleep in the longhouse with the firekeeper ensuring you stay cozy and warm!

A Night of Ice Hotel Enchantment

Luxury Journey  | Credit:  Xavier Dachez
Credit: Xavier Dachez

One more thing to put on your bucket list—spend the night in a hotel made entirely out of snow and ice! It’s North America’s only ice hotel, where each thematic suite is a true work of art.

Opt for a sumptuous suite with a fireplace and private hot tub and sleep under the stars and snow. The warm atmosphere would melt a heart of stone! Take it one step further and ask to have your own custom suite carved out—or get married in the chapel!

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