Things to do in

Quebec City

Nowhere straddles 2 worlds quite like this city, which is both a wholly North American and European cultural gem.

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  • Aquarium du Quebec: Entry Ticket

    1. Aquarium du Quebec: Entry Ticket

    Dive into the sea in Quebec City. Come and meet the 10,000 marine animals that inhabit the aquarium: fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and marine mammals. Unique to this Aquarium is the outdoor marine habitats where seals and walruses can be viewed from both the land and through underwater glass viewing areas. There are meetings with the animals throughout the day for the walruses and seals. The outdoor area also features arctic foxes as well as outdoor trails with magnificent views over the mighty St Lawrence River.  The highlight of the interior marine habitats is the Awesome Ocean where you can walk through an underwater tunnel in a 92,000-gallon seawater tank and see the marine life from the vantage point of a diver.  There are also exhibits showcasing Canada’s marine invertebrates from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including mesmerizing jellyfish and delicate sea...

    Excellent experience . Wonderful Saint Lswrence's underwater species, starfish, jellyfish, tropical and colourful species, ... Ice bears, seals enjoying life, nice outdoors landscaping, . If uou hsve queztions just ask one the helpful and knowlegeable aids. However, there were two lines at the entrance ( tickets validation) but it was not clear that both wete svailable . People lined up on one of them only, leaving the second unused. Loss of efficiency that is easy to correct.

  • Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

    2. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

    Set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. Departing from Chouinard Pier, this cruise will be a memorable experience that gives you a completely different perspective of Quebec City. During daytime crusies, the costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Or choose to join an evening cruise and experience summer on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. A DJ will provide music and at the end of the night.

    The ship and the views are great, guide was very knowledgeable. Only thing is the cost of drinks on the ship were expensive. Overall a great experience!

  • Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

    3. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

    Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, learn more about the history of the park at the interpretation center located in the Manoir Montmorency. You will also find a souvenir shop there. Continue to the suspension bridge hanging directly over the falls and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the...

    You must have your own car going to the falls. Uber and taxi are not around the area.

  • Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

    4. Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

    Make the most of your time in Quebec City and the later days of summer with an express orientation tour. Admire the historic Old Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, and the lively street, Grand Allée on a 1-hour tour. Climb aboard an open-top double-decker bus for an introduction to this world-famous city. Departing from the center of Old Quebec, you'll experience firsthand the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. Discover Quebec's historic charm on a delightful route that showcases the Old Town, the historic Plains of Abraham that serve as the lungs of Québec City, and Grand Allée - one of the most colorful streets in Quebec City.

    It had been raining on and off. Driver hastily dried all the top deck seats for passengers and was an interested, engaging host. During the ride we discovered a street filled with people and restaurants. We went back to that street for dinner and ran in to the FIRST live music and it was fabulous!! We stayed through dinner and to closing, making many new friends. The tour was informative and enjoyable.

  • Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    5. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

    Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

    The tour was very informative, the tour guide was very sweet and extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend, especially if you or any one you are traveling with are into history.

  • Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

    6. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

    On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived i...

    Exceptional experience- I have been to many national historical sites. Struck me that this is being forgotten by Parks Canada. With COVID it has important significance. The staff were outstanding - few anglophones aware - do a better job Parks Canara

  • Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

    7. Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

    Take a 90-minute walking tour of old Quebec on this trip through the city’s darker history. Join your ghostly host and discover more about the wretched crimes, arrests and executions that happened centuries ago. Dressed as one the city’s notorious characters, your guide will lead you through Old Quebec and introduce you to the somber atmosphere that descends the old city once the sun is gone. Learn all about the sordid details of a history that has been hidden for far too long. During the animated tour you will walk the streets of Old Quebec and discover the judiciary system of New France. Discover how one became the city’s executioner and learn about the punishments for various crimes. See where the criminals were incarcerated and later executed. If you like bumps in the night and tales of ghostly goings-on, then this is the walking tour for you.

    We LOVE Julie!! What an incredible experience. The tour is so full of great historical stories and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable. It’s such a fantastic way to see the city while it’s lit up in all of its glory. We had so much fun and we can’t recommend this experience enough.

  • Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

    8. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

    Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

    The tour was really nice and they are very accommodating. We missed our original booking because we were late but they still honored it and allowed us to go on the tour the next day. I just wish we had more time on The island and on the falls and just totally skid the Copper Museum Tour.

  • Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

    9. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

    Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

    Our guide Anne was knowledgeable, and gave great insight to the city and what it had to offer. She was very friendly and made the tour engaging. she had photos to provide visuals to what she was describing if she was referring to another season or historical references. Definitely would recommend this tour

  • Montreal: Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Day Trip

    10. Montreal: Quebec City & Montmorency Falls Day Trip

    Explore the history of Quebec City on a hassle-free day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allle, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-...

    It is a great tour ... it is a pity that it doesn't take more free time to visit the upper Quebec area by yourself.

Frequently asked questions about Quebec City

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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

  • 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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