Now's the time to discover why Québec is one of the world's most beautiful cities! Throughout Québec City and the surroundings, we’ve picked suggestions that we consider as must-see attractions. Here they are, and feel free to make your own suggestions on Québec Region's Facebook page!
1. Fortifications of Québec
Why go to China when you can walk a great wall right here! Québec is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, with close to 4.6 km of walls and imposing gates to explore.
Discover beautiful cityscapes and see how Québec's defenses developed under the French and English regimes. Cannons, loopholes, a star-shaped Citadel, Artillery Park, and fortresses are all part of this outstanding tour!
2. Old Québec/Dufferin Terrace
Visitors to Old Québec soon see why UNESCO designated it a world heritage treasure!
You'll love Château Frontenac (the world's most photographed hotel), the centuries-old architecture, and the historic sites. The friendly atmosphere and affable locals add to the European charm. Whatever the time of year, you'll find horse-drawn carriages, street entertainers, singers, and artists, particularly at Old Québec's own open-air art gallery, Rue du Trésor. High atop Cape Diamond, stroll along the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area. Or come watch the ice making its way down the river in winter.
3. Place-Royale/Petit-Champlain District
How about a trip back in time at Place Royale, where Samuel de Champlain founded his first “abitation” in 1608? And why not do some window shopping in the nearby Petit-Champlain District while you're at it!
As you wander past period buildings along cobblestone streets, enjoy the area's boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. There's magic in the air, particularly over the Christmas holiday season. The oldest neighborhood in North America is also home to Musée de la civilisation, a bridge between the past and future with its modern design and fascinating exhibitions.
4. St. Lawrence River / Vieux-Port de Québec
The St. Lawrence River—a massive presence cutting clean across the Québec area—cannot be overlooked. Gateway to America, it has been a part of the city’s economic landscape for over 400 years. Harbour and trade activities and the ever-growing number of cruise ships docking in the Vieux-Port de Québec testify to its importance. A public market, park, bike path and shows also bring the Vieux Port to life and help make this river-washed place truly idyllic.
Near the bridges that span the River, the Aquarium du Québec not only provides an outstanding view of the majestic waterway, but also presents the marine mammals and species that inhabit it. Close by, the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is also worth a gander: the River flowing at your feet is simply spectacular!
5. Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine
For many, the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine has been a “place of miracles” for the past 350 years. It's well worth a visit, whatever your beliefs.
The shrine, North America's oldest pilgrimage site, attracts some one million visitors a year. Marvel at the fabulous neo-Roman style basilica with its golden statue of Saint Anne. Admire the hundreds of stained glass windows, the nave, and the valuable works of art. Come recharge your batteries at this beautiful place of worship in the splendid countryside of the Côte-de-Beaupré region.
6. Montmorency Falls Park
This natural phenomenon is definitely not to be missed! At 83 m high (30 m higher than Niagara Falls) Montmorency Falls can be seen from all the way across the St. Lawrence River in Lévis! But the best views are from Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, where you can feel the full force—and spray—of the falls for yourself.
Take a gondola ride or walk the trails to the very top of the falls. In winter the spray freezes at the foot of the falls to form a huge “sugar loaf,” another intriguing Québec City attraction.
7. Plains of Abraham
The scene of the 1759 battle between generals Wolfe and Montcalm, the Plains of Abraham are the heart and lungs of Québec City. Discover one of the world's largest and finest urban parks.
The Plains are perfect for all kinds of activities (walking, cycling, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and more) or simply meeting up with friends. It was here that hundreds of thousands of fans rocked to Paul McCartney and Céline Dion as part of Québec City's 400th anniversary celebrations, and it is here that Québec's national holiday is celebrated every June 24. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec—renowned for its exhibits and collection of Québec art—is only a short walk away.
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