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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.

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Where to stay in Quebec

Parks Canada\'s Dufferin Terrace featuring general coastal views, château or palace and landscape views

Old Quebec

5/5Exceptional!(1,546 area reviews)

Old Quebec is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Quebec City Town Hall and Old Quebec Funicular.

Old Quebec

Top Hotels in Quebec

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $389 per night

This family-friendly Quebec hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Samuel de Champlain Statue, Old Quebec Funicular and Quartier Petit ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5,323 reviews)

"I liked everything about this place would recommend to others!"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2020

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is CA $99 per night

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (7,814 reviews)

"I loved the ambiance. I also loved the hospitality and how close it was to the event I went there for."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Château Repotel Duplessis
Château Repotel Duplessis
2 out of 5
6555, boul. Wilfrid-Hamel, L'Ancienne-Lorette, QC
The price is CA $70 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carie Factory Amusement Center and Recreofun Amusement Centre. Laurier Quebec and Aquarium ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,292 reviews)

"I was happy with my stay. I found the location very convenient."…"

Reviewed on May 23, 2020

Château Repotel Duplessis

Popular places to visit in Quebec

Le Château Frontenac
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Le Château Frontenac

4.5/5(1,167 reviews)

Sail down the mighty St. Lawrence River past Québec City and appreciate the area’s historic charm. Reigning over this heritage city is a grand building.

Montmorency Falls
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Montmorency Falls

4.5/5(706 reviews)

Feel the water spray as you walk a few meters above these falls, which are even higher than Canada’s famous Niagara Falls and freeze over in winter.

Old Port Quebec City
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Old Port Quebec City

4.5/5(991 reviews)

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

Citadelle of Quebec
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Citadelle of Quebec

4.5/5(880 reviews)

One of Quebec’s most distinctive sights is a century-old fortress that is also one of the largest military fortifications in North America.

Place Royale
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Place Royale

4.5/5(795 reviews)

This small, attractive plaza was once the economic heart of the city and is the place where Québec began.

Aquarium du Québec
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Aquarium du Québec

4.5/5(210 reviews)

Get up-close with thousands of marine animals, watch feeding demonstrations, have fun with water games and enjoy scenic picnics at this aquarium and amusement park.

Top things to do in Quebec

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls
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Quebec City & Montmorency Falls

88% of travellers recommend
CA $125
Per adult
Québec City Grand Walking Tour
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Québec City Grand Walking Tour

96% of travellers recommend
CA $28
Per adult
Montreal Old Port Craft Breweries with Tastings
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Montreal Old Port Craft Breweries with Tastings

96% of travellers recommend
CA $79
Per adult
Quebec City Guided Tour: Meet a Local!
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Quebec City Guided Tour: Meet a Local!

92% of travellers recommend
CA $42
Per adult
Small-Group Craft Brewery & Beer-Tasting Tour in Quebec City
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Small-Group Craft Brewery & Beer-Tasting Tour in Quebec City

100% of travellers recommend
CA $79
Per adult
Quebec City Food Tour
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Quebec City Food Tour

84% of travellers recommend
CA $69
Per adult

Reviews of Quebec

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Bob

Jun 1, 2020

It's a great place to visit, full of history, inside the fortress you can go back in time.

5/5 - Excellent

AC

May 30, 2020

We found it interesting that icy sidewalks are sprinkled with gravel instead of salt. Many one-way streets, so one's GPS may get turned around occasionally. A visit to the nearby caisse-croutes (Chez Gaston, Chez Ashton) is a must.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2020

Le Massif highly recommended. Skiing and sledding amazing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

Old Quebec City is just as beautiful as I remember! An absolute must to explore both levels of the old city, the main area and make your way down the break neck stairs (escaliers casse-cou) in order to check out Le Petit Champlain area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 12, 2020

i love the city, the vibe, the history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 10, 2020

We loved valcartier village! And lower part of old Quebec. Oh and the aquarium was nice as well.

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