A beautiful North American city with European flair, Quebec City offers 400 years of history and a thousand and one things to experience. With bustling streets, numerous museums and festivals, eclectic architecture, not to mention nature on its doorstep, Quebec City will amaze you.
Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, Old Quebec is the only walled city north of Mexico. As the cradle of French civilization in North America, it's a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art and culture.
Sights within Old Quebec include the grandiose Chateau Frontenac, which has stood overlooking the St Lawrence River and Dufferin Terrace for over 100 years. There's also legendary Place Royale, home to the first permanent French settlement and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest stone church in North America. The French influence is evident in the Quartier Petit-Champlain, a scenic district with narrow streets housing artisan boutiques and restaurants. A stroll along rue Saint-Jean is another must, with a string of shops, eateries, churches and historic buildings all creating a unique and eclectic ambience.
In the heart of Old Quebec overlooking the St Lawrence River, La Citadelle is the largest military fortification in North America. It was started by the French in 1750, but much of what can be seen today was constructed by the British between 1820-1850. Daily military spectacles are staged during the summer months.
Also within Old Quebec is Parliament Hill, an architectural treasure where Quebec's National Assembly convenes. This district also includes the Plains of Abraham, an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city; and la Grande-Allee where a bevy of restaurants, patios and entertainment venues attract locals and visitors alike.
If time allows, museums include the Musee de la Civilisation and Museee National des Beaux-arts due Quebec; at the Observatoire de la Capitale there are bird's eye views of the St Lawrence River and beyond; experience the breathtaking Montmerency Falls just 15 minutes from downtown; and all the family will have fun at the Aquarium du Quebec or at the indoor and outdoor waterparks of Valcartier Vacation Village.
GMT -5 hours
There are no non-stop flights to Quebec City from the UK, so flying time with a stopover is around 9 hours 30 minutes.
June through to September is the most popular time to visit when temperatures are warm, so perfect for exploring the many historic sights. If you don’t mind the cold, winter is quieter, and while snow often blankets the city between December and April, there’s still plenty to enjoy.
This two hour walking tour is designed to give visitors a general sense of the history of the fortress and hub that is Québec City, as well as an understanding of the lives of those that have inhabited it throughout the centuries. Available selected dates year round from Québec City.
This full day tour begins with a scenic transfer through the Charlevoix Region and onto Baie-Ste-Catherine for an exciting three hour whale watching cruise. Learn about the marine life and Saguenay Fjord from the onboard naturalist guide. Available selected dates May-Oct from Québec City.