The 10 Best Things to See in Quebec
The creative, modern city of Quebec is well worth a visit, whether it’s for sightseeing, tours, or nightlife. The only walled city north of Mexico, Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its beautiful buildings, cobbled streets, and centuries of history.
1. Old Quebec
This cobbled, walled town is where the bulk of Quebec's rich history resides, including the Cathedral, chapels and churches. Take a horse-drawn carriage around for real tourism!
2. Citadelle of Quebec
Located at the top of Cap Diamant, the views from here are breathtaking. In summer and fall/autumn, the night tours are also particularly magical. Admission is $16 for adults.
3. Montmorency Falls
Catch a tram to the top of this large waterfall to appreciate its scale. Parking can be steep, so try nearby roads and streets for free parking before committing to the $12 charge per car.
4. Musée de la civilisation
To learn about the French-Canadian people and history of this area, this attraction is a must. Kids and adults will both love the earthquake experience and tornado simulation, too.
5. Château Frontenac
This grand and historic hotel may be out of some visitors' price range, but you can still download the self-guided tour app to learn about the history of the beautiful building.
6. Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec
No French-flavored city is complete without its own tribute to 'Our Lady,' and Quebec is no exception. A quick half hour is usually enough to get a sense of the history.
7. Plains of Abraham
This was the site of a key battle in the Seven Years War, a clash between the French and British Empires. A wonderful place for a picnic, factor this site into a day outdoors.
8. The Battlefields Park
This large park incorporates the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park and offers many walking trails, so bring your hiking boots. Look out for summer concerts, too.
9. Parliament Building
This impressive building was completed in 1886. The brilliant and informative tour is free, runs all day in English or French, and can be booked ahead in Spanish.
10. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Enjoy artworks by the sons and daughters of this creative city, and throughout Canada. The restaurant, which offers a lovely view, is also not to be missed.
Planning Your Visit
How to get there
Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport offers direct access to the city. Taxis and buses are readily available.
How long do I need?
Allow two full days to explore the city, and an extra day to see the surrounding area and further afield.
Good to know
- Canadian Dollar ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-04:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- It's best to visit in the summer when the temperatures are warm and there are many festivals to choose from. It's a little more expensive at this time, but the shoulder seasons offer very little in terms of special events.
Other Sightseeing Options in Quebec City
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What people are saying about Quebec City
Jocelyne was our guide on Aug.27th at 10h30 in English, and she was AMAZING! Some folks we crossed said she was the best, and indeed I believe she is. Knowledgeable, personable, great sense of humor, attentive and engaging with everyone, it was quite a treat to get to know the history of the city she loves so much. I highly recommend the tour!!!
We were in Quebec City for only a day unfortunately, but are looking forward to coming back. The tour was informative not only on the history, but other activities available, like museums, etc. Marie was really nice and knowledgeable.
The guide was knowledgeable and hilarious - I would highly recommend taking this tour as it gives you a good overview of the geography of the city, and the elevated view from the top of the bus is great for getting photos.
A beautiful and memorable experience! The views were breathtaking. The bilingual guides, wearing period costumes, were extremely informative and interesting. Learned so much of Quebec's history. Would do it again!
Was very interesting to read the stories and figure out the clues. It also took us to some parts of town that we likely wouldn't have seen.