For magnificent views as far as the eye can see, follow the St. Lawrence River—on foot or by bike—on the path that stretches nearly 50 km from the Québec City bridges to Montmorency Falls. And to make the experience even more memorable, stop by the Québec Public Market and pick up some fresh local products to sample on the water’s edge.
Witness of the Old Port’s industrial vocation by day, the Bunge grain silos are transformed come nightfall. They serve as the backdrop to Aurora Borealis, an impressive work that illuminates the grain silos with the colours of the northern lights, creating a fascinating luminous sculpture.
Built in 1915 in the same style as Château Frontenac, the Gare du Palais train station gives passengers their first taste of the romantic, picturesque city that awaits. In 1992 it was designated a heritage railway station in recognition of its architectural, historic, and environmental value.
The charming streets that surround the Old Port are perfect for strolling and whiling away the hours at antiques stores, art galleries, and sidewalk cafés. The enchanting decor is peppered with historic houses that were once home to the likes of grain merchants and wholesale grocers. At Place FAO, amid the circa 1900 architectural gems of the old financial district, lies a striking fountain sculpture that’s a favourite of passersby.
Pointe-à-Carcy is a wonderful urban park at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River, the port, and the city. With its unbeatably gorgeous view of Château Frontenac, the fortifications, and the Petit-Champlain and Old Port districts, it’s a favourite spot for locals and tourists looking to soak up the sights, check out the action on the river, and just enjoy life.
The Port of Québec was one of the world’s biggest ports in the 19th century, and today it’s the number one cruise destination on the St. Lawrence River. With its enchanting decor and one-of-a-kind atmosphere, Québec City makes the perfect port of call or port of departure for a cruise to New England, New York, or Fort Lauderdale. For those looking to admire the city from the river without having to pack their bags, the Québec City–Lévis ferry and numerous other boat excursions available are just the ticket.
Québec City, Top Cruise Destination in the U.S. & Canada Cruise Critic, July 2017
Since its construction in 2008 for the 400th anniversary of Québec City, the Espace 400e, located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, attracts crowds with major events such as Bordeaux wine festival in Québec City and Festibière de Québec beer festival.