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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.

Old Quebec
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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!

Citadelle of Quebec
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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.

Montmorency Falls
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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.

Musée de la civilisation
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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.

Château Frontenac
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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.

Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec
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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.

Plains of Abraham
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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.

The Battlefields Park
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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.

Parliament Building
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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.

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 Quebec City 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

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Our trip to Quebec city and the falls wasvery good; we enjoyed it imme

The trip was enjoyable from start to finish. Our Driver Norman was fabulous, having to weave through Friday long weekend rush hour traffic in Quebec and being forced to take an unplanned detour, he still managed to get us back to our intended destination in a very timely manner!! Great job Norman much appreciated by the Albertans. The tour was well organized and operated mostly on schedule all day, tour guides were very knowledgeable. Only thing stopping us from an excellent rating was the fact that the Plains of Abraham museum was not open due to a worker strike in Quebec. No fault of Grey Line, just unfortunate circumstances. A little more time at Montmorency falls would have been nice. Thank you for a wonderful day!

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/30/2019

nice boat tour, good explanations of the guide

AML cruise didn't want to accept the virutal/e-voucher. was not indicated on the voucher, that one has to Exchange the voucher to a physical ticket at the office before embarking. had to go back to the Office booth and to get a printed tickets. don't think this is the idea of electronic vouchers with bar codes. Office staff could not explanin and also did not apologies. we were one of the first at the Pier for a nice place in the front of the boat. but as we had to go back in the meantime (did take at least 5-10 min) a huge bus/School group arrived. Long queue you can imagine, and nice space gone. otherwise all good, enjoyed the tour nevertheless.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Guided Cruise Reviewed by Franziska, 06/27/2019

The tour was perfect, we had a wonderful time!

The tour was amazing! Our tour guide was perfect and she knew so much about the history, culture, and showed us all of the beauty of the city. She even assisted us when the tour was over to find our way to a good restaurant and some additional suggested places for us to go to.

Quebec City: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Beth, 06/26/2019

See the highlights beyond the city itself

A bit rushed at the Falls on a beautiful Sunday in June, but otherwise a great tour with great timing. I could have done without the copper tooling stop, but it did tie in with the cathedral doors.

Beautiful city - a must see - long bus journey made good

Fantastic, safe, driver with lots of knowledge. Walking tour and free time is a good balance of seeing the highlights and being able to explore. So much to see; I will be back one day.

Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Renae, 06/23/2019