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Old Port Quebec

Québec’s historic waterfront has been extensively renovated and features museums, restored buildings and a market selling fresh regional produce.

During the 19th century, Old Port Québec was one of the busiest ports in North America. Hundreds of ships were built here and timber was received, stored and shipped to Europe. Today, the marine and its surroundings are a popular tourist attraction where you can view old buildings, walk along the river, dine out in fine restaurants and sample fresh produce at a market.

Wander along the quays and among the wharves to explore the area’s maritime heritage. Start your excursion on the promenade that overlooks the St. Lawrence River. This was the landing site for European ships that brought supplies and settlers to the country. Stop to admire the beauty of the old Customs House, a two-story building with a symmetrical facade. Make your way over to the castle-like Gare du Palais to appreciate the train and bus station’s architecture.

Learn more about the port’s shipbuilding and lumber-trade past with a visit to the Old Port of Québec Interpretation Centre. This exhibition space has audio-visual presentations, hands-on activities and actors dressed in period costumes. While you are here go to the observation platform for fine views of the Old City, St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains. 

See models of ancient ships and destroyers and collections of marine artifacts at the Naval Museum of Québec. The exhibitions cover the naval history of St. Lawrence River during times of war and peace.

Sample some regional specialties at the daily produce market or buy ingredients for a family lunch in the market’s picnic area. There is a nice selection of candy, cheese, maple products and baked goods to choose from. For up-to-date information about this market, visit the official website of the Old Port Market (Marché du Vieux-Port).

Stop for refreshments in nearby Rue Saint-Paul, Québec’s antiques hub with stylish cafés, collectables shops and galleries.

The Old Port Québec is a short walk from Place-Royale and Petit-Champlain. If you are arriving by car, there is parking available for a fee along the riverfront. The nearest public transport hub, Gare du Palais, is within walking distance.

Get the most out of your time at Old Port Quebec City. Here is a list of the best activities:

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Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac CA $233
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Samuel de Champlain Statue, Old Quebec Funicular and Quartier Petit Champlain. Quebec City Town Hall and Place Royale are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Port Royal CA $132
    Hotel Port Royal

    Hotel Port Royal

    144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is steps away from Espace 400e, Old Port Quebec City and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Quebec City Town Hall and Place Royale are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Hôtel Le Concorde Québec CA $99
      Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

      Hôtel Le Concorde Québec

      1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Battlefields Park, Parliament Building and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City Town Hall and Le Capitole are also within 1 mile (2 km). Quebec Palace Station is 22 minutes by foot.

        Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville CA $133
        Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

        Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville

        775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Le Capitole and Quebec City Convention Center. Quebec City Town Hall and Parliament Building are also within 15 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          Hotel Manoir Victoria CA $160
          Hotel Manoir Victoria

          Hotel Manoir Victoria

          44, Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hotel-Dieu de Quebe and Quebec City Town Hall. Le Capitole and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 5 minutes by foot.

            Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux CA $217
            Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux

            Auberge Saint-Antoine by Relais & Chateaux

            8, rue Saint-Antoine, Quebec, QC
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Quebec, this luxury hotel is steps away from Museum of Civilization, Quebec Cruise Terminal and Place Royale. Old Port Quebec City and Quartier Petit Champlain are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 13 minutes by foot.

              Hôtel Le Germain Québec CA $239
              Hôtel Le Germain Québec

              Hôtel Le Germain Québec

              126 rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is steps away from Museum of Civilization, Old Port Quebec City and Quebec Cruise Terminal. Quebec City Town Hall and Place Royale are also within 10 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Auberge du Tresor CA $126
                Auberge du Tresor

                Auberge du Tresor

                16, rue Ste-Anne, Quebec, QC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Quebec, this hotel is steps away from Musee du Fort, Quebec City Town Hall and Old Quebec Funicular. Quartier Petit Champlain and Place Royale are also within 5 minutes. Quebec Palace Station is 11 minutes by foot.