Include these essentials in your itinerary, they are not to be missed!
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!
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. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Enter the fascinating world of the Huron-Wendat First Nation and embark on a history tour that will take you back to the 17th century. The ancestral site of Wendake is a window onto aboriginal culture! Dance shows and legends will whisk you deep into this people's imagination, while Musée huron-wendat and various craft stores invite you to learn more about the nation's culture and traditional know-how.
A short walk through scenic natural surroundings leads visitors to Kabir Kouba Falls by Rivière Saint-Charles, and sampling the game featured in traditional Huron cuisine is the perfect way to round out your voyage of discovery.
The gorgeous Fontaine de Tourny was awarded a gold medal at the Paris World Fair in 1855. Today, it stands as a legacy of Québec City's 400th anniversary celebrations, turning heads with its 43 jets, water-themed sculptures, and beautiful nighttime lighting. Nearby Observatoire de la Capitale also turns visitors giddy with excitement with its tremendous views of Québec City and area from a height of 221 m!
Imagine how beautiful Québec's countryside must have been in the 19th century. In fact, it looked very much like irresistible Île d'Orléans with its historic farms, churches, and heritage homes.
Visiting the many artisans and farm stalls lining the route is half the fun as you make your way from one quaint village to the next. In season, enjoy the island's famous strawberries and apples, as well as freshly baked bread, wines, ice ciders, blackcurrant liqueurs, and other local delicacies.
The spectacular Rivière Jacques-Cartier flows through a deep valley surrounded by steep wall soaring up to 550 m in height! Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is protected by Sépaq (Québec's largest parks and outdoor recreation network) so that you can enjoy all your favorite outdoor pursuits.
With hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and camping all available in breathtaking surroundings, it's no wonder that the Jacques-Cartier region is known locally as Québec City's “green crescent.” And the pace doesn't slow in winter, so strap on your snowshoes, skies, or winter boots and get ready to explore trail after trail of winter fun!
Chemin du Roy—Canada's oldest highway—has linked Québec City and Montréal since 1737. This scenic route traverses beautiful pastoral landscapes as it winds its way along the St. Lawrence River.
Visitors heading toward Portneuf from Québec's City Hall pass through some of the province's prettiest villages, featuring manors, mills, museums, heritage homes, and other priceless heritage treasures. Nearly all of the road is part of Québec's “Route verte” bike path network, enabling cyclists to safely enjoy the scenery from the comfort of their saddle.
With its spectacular mountain views overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Le Massif de Charlevoix will dazzle you! Near Québec City, it is easily accessible by car or train. In summer and autumn, the Train of Le Massif de Charlevoix offers a unique experience combining local gastronomy and breathtaking scenery with its rail cruise.
In winter, the main attraction is definitely skiing! Racing down the slopes of this renowned mountain with a vertical drop of 770 meters and an impressive natural snowfall, it feels unreal to ski facing the river! The Hôtel La Ferme, with its refined design, is well worth a visit to fully enjoy your stay in Baie-Saint-Paul!
Here, winter always dazzles. If you haven't been to Québec City in winter, then you're missing out on much of a culture forged by centuries of snow.
Generous helpings of snow attract skiers and outdoor buffs from all around the world to enjoy the area's skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and dogsledding trails—and stroll through the city's snowcovered historic boroughs. Plus, you won't want to miss North America's one and only Ice Hotel, the world's biggest winter celebration—the Québec Winter Carnival, and the largest winter playground in America—Village Vacances Valcartier!
Québec City's magical winter wonderland simply has to be seen to be believed!
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