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Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

1. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

Set sail on a captivating cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. See the iconic old forts, Montmorency Falls, Laurentian Mountains, and many more highlights during the journey. Your 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 Château Frontenac, Île d'Orléans, and the Côte-de-Beaupré. Learn interesting stories and facts about the city while cruising in the serene waters.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

2. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Montmorency Falls with this ticket to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and a round trip cable car ride to the top of the falls. Take advantage of free parking at the cable car station in Beauport.  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, you will find a souvenir shop in the Manoir Montmorency. Continue to the suspension bridge directly over the fall 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 cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

Quebec City: Observatoire de la Capitale Entry Ticket

3. Quebec City: Observatoire de la Capitale Entry Ticket

Experience the most beautiful and highest view of Quebec. You will admire unique and spectacular views of the city, its maze of streets, the majestic St. Lawrence River and its two mountain ranges. In addition to the breathtaking panorama, cross the unique "Horizons" discovery trail where young and old will learn more about the history of the capital and what has shaped the souls of the people who live there. Take part in an original experience that takes you on an intuitive and imaginative journey to discover the history of Québec's capital and the sources of the Québec identity.

Regular bike rental - Ile d'Orléans, Quebec City

4. Regular bike rental - Ile d'Orléans, Quebec City

Start your cycling and sightseeing adventure by acquiring your rental bike at the rental shop at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, receive a safety introduction, and before you leave feel free to give your bike a test in the nearby parking lot. Before heading out onto the street, receive a map with a personalized course to discover Île d'Orléans. Alternatively, you may form your own path as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan for around 3 hours to cycle around, including several stops along your way. Enjoy local farm product tasting (at your own expense) and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your entire ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint Lawrence River with multiple possibilities to take great photos.

Quebec City: MNBAQ National Fine Arts Museum Entry Ticket

5. Quebec City: MNBAQ National Fine Arts Museum Entry Ticket

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (National Fine Arts Museum) is located in the Plains of Abraham in Quebec's Battlefield's Park. It is the only museum entirely dedicated to Quebec art including an exclusive exhibition on Inuit art. The urban park in which the museum if located is one of the most marvelous in the world. With 108 hectares of plains, wooded areas and gardens it is a green oasis in the heart of the city. Visited each year by thousands of residents and visitors., the back of the Musem provides a magnificent view of the park and the St. Lawrence River. The museum complex made up of four buildings, the Gérard-Morisset Pavilion, the Charles Baillairgé Pavilion, the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion, and the Central Pavilion/Grand Hall. A tunnel network connects the pavilions. The Pierre Lassonde pavilion, located on the marvellous Grande Allée, is the gateway to the Museum. It includes the ticket counter, cloakroom, boutique and café. The building’s architecture is harmoniously tiered with generous exhibition spaces: six exhibition galleries for the display of post-1960 collections, two temporary exhibition galleries and four permanent exhibition galleries (Contemporary art, Us, Inuit art and Decorative arts and design) and Jean Paul Riopelle's monumental fresco "Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg". The building is a powerful architectural statement covered entirely in glass. The standard MNBAQ Collections include; Us, Inuit Art The Brousseau Collection, Illipunga, Decorative Arts and Design in Québec, Contemporary Art in Québec, Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg from Jean Paul Riopelle. Blockbuster exhibitions : Until Sept 10, 2023: Alexander McQueen The MNBAQ is proud to present Alexander McQueen: Art Meets Fashion, the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the effervescent creative universe of this key figure in the fashion industry between 1990 and 2010. Nov 2, 2023 - March 17, 2024 : View the Night The MNBAQ wishes to promote the works in its collection by presenting a group exhibition focusing on the theme of the night. View the Night seeks to place the works at the heart of an immersive experience in which visitors’ senses, feelings and, indeed, memories guide them. February 15 - May 12, 2024 : Generations The Generations exhibition focuses on the collections of the Sobey family, which rank among the most remarkable private collections of Canadian art. The 175 works exhibited belonging to different members of three generations of the Sobey family showcase emblematic figures of 19th and 20th century Canadian art: Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, David Milne, William Kurelek, Peter Doig, and Mario Doucette, in addition to Canadian Impressionists. April 25, 2024 - Sept 2, 2024 : Rembrandt The exhibition presents Rembrandt’s engravings, which established the artist’s reputation and have always been appreciated by art lovers. Rembrandt produced 300 engravings between 1625 and 1665.

Quebec City: Musée de la Civilisation Entry Ticket

6. Quebec City: Musée de la Civilisation Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in Canadian culture at Quebec's Musée de la Civilisation with a pre-booked ticket. Explore an anthropological showcase of social and political history through art, objects, artifacts, stories, and videos. Right in the heart of Quebec, overlooking the river, step into a museum focused on sharing local heritage. Your ticket includes rotating exhibits, ranging from the human body and senses to aboriginal cultures, Quebec history, and artificial intelligence. Install the museum app on your phone to enhance your experience. Bring your headphones and enjoy an interactive guide through the fascinating exhibits. Feel free to visit the Museum Boutique and purchase food at Espace Saveurs for a tasty break.

Quebec: Outdoor European Charm Escape Game

7. Quebec: Outdoor European Charm Escape Game

Explore Quebec's Old Town on a self-guided tour while solving puzzles, clues, and more. Start at the Fontaine de Tourny. Open the app on your smartphone and solve challenges to get precise directions to the next location. Enjoy watching the story unfold as you discover the neighborhood. Play in a large group or compete against each other and see who can get to the last stop, Place Royale, first. Alternatively, you can pause the game and resume any time from the location where you paused it so you can explore the city at your own pace.

Tandem bike rental - Ile d'Orléans, Quebec City

8. Tandem bike rental - Ile d'Orléans, Quebec City

Acquire your tandem bike at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, you'll get a detailed safety introduction and may try your tandem bike on the secure parking lot.  You'll cycle on the secure shoulder of the road, as there are no bike paths on Ile d'Orleans. Your bike is equipped with 24 gears and semi-large tires for safe grip on the road. Before heading onto the street, you'll be given a personalized map leading you to the romantic village of Ste Petronille. Taste fresh berries, visit the island's chocolate factory and stroll through the excellent wineries Ile d'Orleans is famous for. Along the way admire picturesque villages and amazing views on the St.Lawrence River. Enjoy discovering the island together — cycling with two is so much fun. You'll leave beautiful Ile d'Orleans with long-lasting memories of a fun and active day.

Quebec: Charlevoix Maritime Museum Official Ticket

9. Quebec: Charlevoix Maritime Museum Official Ticket

For 40 years, the Maritime Museum of Charlevoix has been telling the story of wooden schooners and the cabotage on the St. Lawrence. Live a 360° experience, from the forest to the river, between culture and nature. Discover the old shipyard from 1946 and its four boats in dry dock. The museum also contains the multimedia experience 'Between Pitoune and Dynamite: The St-André Schooner' as real as the life of sailors in 1956. You will have access to a fun, technological and contemporary experience that will amuse young and old. Enjoy the 8.2-hectare park with a touch of poetry, a hebertism trail, a plant labyrinth, an arboretum, sculptures and picnic areas. Furthermore, a 4-kilometer course on its mountain trail in the Marine Forest will offer you a unique window on the St-Laurent river and the Isle-aux-Coudres. You can do the tour of the site in an hour and a half or spend a full day embracing all the museum and surroundings have to offer.

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Beautiful views, a great guide (in historical costume), your choice of indoor or outdoor seating, and access to food, a bar, and gift shops onboard. Well worth the price. Try to bring a hat that won't blow away if you want to sit outside; it was windy enough to blow chairs down the open upper deck on our return trip. Invigorating to be up there, though, and if you get cold, you can always go back to the heated inside to warm up!

Nice ride out to the falls. Get to see a little bit of the countryside on the way. The falls are higher than Niagara Falls but more square in shape . Zip line across the falls ruins many a picture. The cable car allows anyone in any condition to see them from the top. A full activity for all ages.

A must-have experience if you are in the area. The best way to park on the lower end of the falls and take the cable car up to the falls and walk across. The upper part has lots of food options and entertainment places. Worth every dollar spent.

taking the shuttle bus from Quebec city (old city) to the falls was the easiest way to travel, did not have to deal with traffic or following directions because all the signs are in French - no English traffic signs etc..

It’s better to get the ticket on place, cheaper and the line is very fast.