Top 10 Places to Visit

1 Stroll Old Québec

North America's oldest streets

Walk along the fortified walls surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage Site and admire the view from many different vantage points. Visit various notable historical sites, such as Petit-Champlain District, Place Royale, the Plains of Abraham and the Parliament Building. As you stroll along the Dufferin Terrace, be sure to take a picture of world-famous Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel on the planet! 

2 Feel the Spray at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

A waterfall 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls!
Montmorency Waterfalls | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Whether you’re riding the gondola, climbing the scenic stairway or crossing the suspension bridge, the views of the Montmorency Falls are simply breathtaking. Experience the power of nature, only 15 minutes from downtown. For thrill-seekers, 3 via ferrata routes and a double zipline are a sure-fire way to get your adrenaline fix.

3 Explore Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier

One of Québec’s most dazzling glacial valleys
Parc national Jacques Cartier  | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

This vast and mountainous plateau, crisscrossed by deep valleys and rivers, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. There are a multitude of ways to experience the park and its lush surroundings. Make your own expedition by hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, camping, canoeing or kayaking.

4 Connect with Local Artisans on Île d'Orléans

A day trip through history and flavours
Ile Orleans Winery  | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Stop in at the many artisan outlets and farm stands around the island for a delicious taste of local products. Driving around Île d'Orléans is like a trip back in time to 18th century rural Québec, complete with centuries-old villages, farms, churches, and heritage homes. 

5 Appreciate Fine Art at MNBAQ

The world’s largest collection of Québec art
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec houses a reference collection of more than 38,000 works—a comprehensive overview of Québec art from the 17th century to the present day. The museum spans 4 pavilions in the center of the magnificent Plains of Abraham. 

6 Spend a Quiet Moment at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine

The oldest pilgrimage site north of Mexico
Sainte-Anne Shrine | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who have been coming to this site, one of 5 national shrines in Québec, for over 350 years to pay homage to Saint Anne. Step inside and admire the glorious stained glass, paintings, mosaics, and stone and wooden sculptures that adorn the basilica.

7 Have Fun at Valcartier Vacation Village

Eastern Canada’s largest theme park
Village Vacances Valcartier | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

This gigantic complex boasts a huge outdoor waterpark and a brand new indoor waterpark that is open year-round! A treetop adventure course and whitewater rafting round out the summer offerings. But there’s also plenty of winter fun to be had too at North America’s largest winter playground and at Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America.

 

8 Enter the Fascinating World of Aquarium du Québec

Nearly 10,000 specimens from 300 species!
Aquarium du Quebec | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Aquarium du Québec is spectacularly located overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Visit the Awesome Ocean Discovery tunnel to check out the creatures that inhabit the depths of the Pacific, and find out about Québec’s rivers and streams too. Make acquaintances with marine mammals like polar bears, walruses, and several species of seals. 

9 Learn Something New at the Musée de la Civilisation

One of Québec’s most popular interactive museums
Musée de la civilisation | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Join in hands-on workshops for the whole family on a wide range of current, historical, and sometimes unusual subjects. The museum sheds new light on diverse societies and moments in history through a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits with an international or Québec focus.

10 Explore Ancestral Traditions in Wendake

Bringing the Huron-Wendat heritage to life a few minutes from Québec City
Longhouse Wendake | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Huron-Wendat Nation in Wendake, where history takes you back to the 17th century. Dance performances, tales, and legends are your window into the collective imagination of this People, while the Huron-Wendat Museum and the local craft shops invite you to discover the Nation’s culture and traditional skills. Complete your immersion by sampling Huron cuisine, with its delicious game-based dishes.