Québec City

Travel Guide
Québec City

Québec City Travel Guide Video

Explore the charming capital city of the Canadian province of Québec, and its surrounding nature, to discover a little piece of France in North America.

Québec’s motto is “je me souviens” (I remember). To the more than half a million residents of Quebec City, this means more than just honoring the lessons learned from the past it also expresses the delight in preserving monuments and traditions while enjoying freedom and showing “joie de vivre” (lust for life). To experience the charm of this historic port city, join the easy-going locals in historic squares, splendid museums, fresh-produce restaurants and cliff-top parks.

Québec City was one of the earliest European colonies on the continent. The settlement on the St. Lawrence River was a fur-trading post, established in 1608 by the Frenchman Samuel de Champlain. Most residents today cherish the French language and Gallic traditions, even though more recent immigrant groups also add their culture to the mix.

Set out to explore Old Québec (Vieux Québec) on foot or by bike. All major historic and family attractions are within easy reach from the Old Port Québec.

Browse the shops and enjoy fresh local produce in the old stone buildings of Petit-Champlain, North America’s oldest commercial district. Admire the ornate Church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in Place-Royale in Quebec’s Lower Town.

Rue de Petit-Champlain is where you can get access to the cable railway that will transport you to the Upper Town. Enjoy the magnificent views of the river from Dufferin Terrace, a promenade atop the cliffs, or get active in Battlefields Park.

You could spend days in Old Québec, but don’t miss other exciting parts of the city. Saint-Roch, for example, is known for its artists, trendy bars and galleries. It’s also worth making the short trip to Montmorency Falls, which freezes over in winter.

If you are into history, art, gourmet food, shopping and wintersports, you won’t regret a visit to Québec City. Aéroport International Jean-Lesage is just a short drive away from the city and gives access to Canada’s stunning wilderness.

Where to stay in Québec City

Old Quebec showing night scenes, a city and street scenes

Old Quebec

5/5(1,547 area reviews)

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site with commercial streets like Saint Jean and Sainte Anne, visit iconic landmarks such as Château Frontenac and Place Royale, and enjoy easy access to Gare du Palais train and bus station.

Old Quebec
Quebec showing a city as well as an individual male

Old Port Quebec City

Old Port Quebec City is known for its stunning river views, and you can see some sights in the area like Quebec Cruise Terminal and Agora Port de Quebec.

Old Port Quebec City
Parks Canada\'s Dufferin Terrace which includes skyline and heritage architecture

La Cité-Limoilou

4.5/5(707 area reviews)

As the central borough of Quebec City, this area boasts historic architecture and is home to Old Quebec, Parliament Hill, and the Petit Champlain shopping district. Explore the old walled city and its surroundings for a rich cultural experience.

La Cité-Limoilou