Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes. Historical, cultural and outdoor activities, exquisite food as well as international events await. Old Québec and nature splendours, just minutes from town, are sumptuous in every season!
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.
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.
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.
Tour routes are one of the best ways to get to know a city and its history. And Québec City has plenty of history to share! Discover its storied past as you explore the walls surrounding the Old Town, Parliament Hill, and the grand estates, and follow in the footsteps of Québec's first inhabitants. Prefer to wander at your own pace? The painted sidewalk markings of the VivaCité walking tour will lead you from Place-Royale to the Saint-Jean and Nouvo Saint-Roch districts. Or for a fascinating self-guided tour.
Québec’s Fortifications, surrounding Old Québec, are erected on a beautiful site atop the cliff and overlooking the St. Lawrence River. They contribute to designating Québec as a world heritage centre by UNESCO. The winding streets with European flair encompasses : - the latin district; - churches with bell towers that redesign the skyline; - museums and interpretation centers; - busy commercial streets; - and even more! This tour is a must for all North American history lovers!
Parliament Hill is obviously named after the Hôtel du Parlement, home of the National Assembly. This sector also includes other numerous noteworthy attractions, as well as the Saint-Jean and Montcalm neighborhoods. The Battlefields Park and the Plains of Abraham are worth the detour. Walking, cycling, rollerblading and cross-country skiing are only a few of the activities that can be enjoyed. Parliament Hill will certainly charm you with its busy streets packed with great restaurants, luxurious hotels and trendy clubs.
The VivaCité Trail is brimming with discoveries. The ground markers (green and blue circles marked on the sidewalks) make it easy to follow. It will take pedestrians on a discovery of the neighbourhoods that surround Old Québec; lovely parks, historic attractions, public squares, popular streets and a wide variety of shops await them.
This urban visit will first take you along the Parliament and the fortifications, then, you’ll be able to explore the Saint-Jean district and the Saint-Roch area. You can then stroll along the Old Port marina before finding yourself along the narrow streets of Place Royale and the lovely Petit-Champlain area. Explore, take a stroll and enjoy!
This walking route is clearly marked with green dots along the sidewalk. Discover some of the attractions listed below.
Discover the main tourist attractions and events in Quebec City by visiting the official website of the Quebec City Tourism Office.