Soak up the city's spirit and let your senses guide you as you explore our parks, public markets, exhibits, pedestrian circuits, exclusive events and first-class restaurants. Let yourself be carried away by a festive atmosphere and a culture known the world over for its unique vibe, innovative spirit, and daring cultural initiatives.
Here are 6 cultural experiences that are not to be missed.
1 Dive into the Francophone Culture
A cultural and geographic crossroads, Québec City is like a bridge between Europe and the Americas and is a steadfast guardian of the French language in the New World.
The city offers a host of attractions and events that promote its francophone roots and is a destination of choice for learning French as a second language.
2 Taste a Creative Local Cuisine
One of the best reasons to visit the city is its incredible restaurants! Québec City is blessed with an abundance of passionate chefs who are continuously raising the culinary bar, skilfully reinventing classics and developing new trends that showcase Québec’s fantastic local agriculture.
3 Discover a Rich Heritage in Avant-Garde Museums
Throughout the region and particularly in Old Québec, museums and interpretation centres have a storied history just waiting to be discovered.
Québec’s national gallery, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, displays the cream of the province’s art collection and has a gorgeous new pavilion that is considered an architectural masterpiece. And Musée de la civilisation has interactive exhibits the whole family will love.
4 Feel the Beat of our Events and Festivals
The city hosts an astounding variety of world‑class festivals and cultural events. From the beginning of the summer season, street entertainers enliven the streets of Old Québec. Every year, the Festival d'été de Québec welcomes some of the biggest names in music. Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant combines music, theatre, and the visual arts in a multi‑site performance event that’s one of Québec City’s best‑kept secrets. The Québec Winter Carnival has been a magical part of winter since 1955.
No matter the time of year, there’s always something going on. Take a look at our calendar of events to make the most of your stay.
5 Discover Some of the Works of Art that Set us Apart
Throughout the city, you’ll see monuments and historic statues rubbing shoulders with bold pieces of contemporary art. These art works liven up the city’s walls, parks, and public spaces.
Les Passages Insolites is a temporary outdoor exhibit that invites visitors to take a second look at their surroundings as they stroll through Old Québec.
6 Shop in European-Style Boutiques
Put on your walking shoes—the Québec City Area has over 1,000 boutiques for a shopping experience like no other!
Soak up the European atmosphere as you explore the shopping streets and neighbourhoods or stretch your legs at one of the great shopping malls.