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Old Quebec
Quebec

Old Quebec

This walled, historic district is internationally recognized as a World Heritage Site and contains Québec’s oldest and most famous buildings and attractions.

Enjoy the ambience of Old Québec when you walk its narrow cobblestone streets, admire its traditional French architecture and visit its boutiques and bistros. The old city rises from the Place-Royale on the banks of the St. Lawrence River all the way up to Château Frontenac at the top of the Cap Diamant promontory.

Old Québec is the only walled city in North America and is carefully preserved as a World Heritage Site. Covering 333 acres (135 hectares) the quarter is divided into two parts: the Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and the Upper Town (Haute-Ville). The district contains many of Québec’s oldest and most significant buildings, many of which date from before 1850.

Walk along the streets of the Lower Town. Check out the museums and old buildings of the Old Port (Vieux-Port), and go shopping for antiques along Rue Saint-Paul. Sit down for a meal at one of the bistros lining the pedestrian-only Rue du Petit-Champlain. To get to the Upper Town, take a ride on the cable railway or climb the adjacent stairway on the north end of this street.

The Upper Town sits on the promontory of Cap Diamant, high above the St. Lawrence River, and is dotted with fortifications. Walk the circuit past the walls, towers, bastions and gates that once kept invading American armies at bay. Take pictures of the turreted Château Frontenac, the grand hotel dominating Québec’s skyline.

Explore historic sites such as the Citadelle of Québec, a star-shaped fortress. This massive structure houses a regiment of the Canadian Army, which regularly performs a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk along Dufferin Terrace, a long promenade. Take a seat on a bench and watch the boats glide by on the river below.

Old Québec is best navigated on foot or by bike. You can also explore the district by using the small Écolobus, a cheap, electric city bus that moves between the Upper and Lower towns. Alternatively, take a taxi or rent a car. Note that parking is metered and limited and some of the streets are narrow and crowded.


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Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $159 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,414 reviews)
"Good staff but not clean room"

Reviewed on Jun. 6, 2021

Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
L’Hôtel du Capitole
L’Hôtel du Capitole
5 out of 5
972, rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $236 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in Old Quebec, this luxury hotel is steps from Palais Montcalm and Le Capitole. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention Center are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (260 reviews)
"Our stay was great, hotel was clean and covid rules in place. The complimentary breakfast options at the restaurant were delicious. However we were surprised that the TV was not a Smart TV. We could not cast from our phones. The TV signal constantly dropped."

Reviewed on Jun. 15, 2021

L’Hôtel du Capitole
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $499 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in the city center, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Old Quebec is within a 10-minute walk of Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec Cruise Terminal and close ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,186 reviews)
"The setting, the chateau itself... Romantic, it was perfect for us."

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $173 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City and Place Royale. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,448 reviews)
"For the location, we couldn’t believe the amazing price. We only stayed the one night and didn’t use many amenities or the restaurant however I will be back. The staff was so helpful and accommodating."

Reviewed on Jun. 6, 2021

Hotel Port Royal
Quebec City Marriott Downtown
Quebec City Marriott Downtown
3.5 out of 5
850 Place D'Youville, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $165 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Palais Montcalm and Le Capitole. Quebec City Convention Center and Parliament ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"The staff was super friendly and courteous. The room was very comfy and super clean. I wish we could have had a room with a better view though."

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Quebec City Marriott Downtown
Hotel Manoir Victoria
Hotel Manoir Victoria
4 out of 5
44, Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $160 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hotel-Dieu de Quebe and Quebec City Town Hall. Old Port Quebec City and Le Capitole are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)
"The history, location and staff!"

Reviewed on Jun. 14, 2021

Hotel Manoir Victoria
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