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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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
  • Currency
    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.

Things to Do in Quebec

Other Sightseeing Options in Quebec

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What People Are Saying About Quebec

We greatly enjoyed our tour guide, he was extremely knowledgeable.

The Church @ St. Anne was magnificent. We probably would have missed it if we had not taken this tour. I just wish we really got out into the countryside. A little too surburban.
4.5-Hour Quebec Country Tour Reviewed by Donna, 10/22/2016

Excellent, knowledgeable, humorous guide.

Very knowledgeable, interesting, friendly guide (Mike). Easy walking pace. Perfect intro to the city to plan further exploration on our own.
Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/20/2016

It was a phenomenal activity that we thoroughly enjoyed.

The young woman that directed the tour was amazing. She was theatrical and stayed in character for the duration of the tour. It was our introduction to Quebec City and its history and this tour left us wanting to know more. We look forward to a return visit to this wonderful city. Thank you for providing us with an opportunity to participate in such an interesting tour with such a super guide.

The best and most informative 2 hours I've spent anywhere.

Are female guide who residesin Old Quebec was perhaps the most knowledgeable historian I've ever encountered on a tour like this. She truly was a gem. Whether it was religious, military, art, architecture, or cultural, She was thoroughly well-informed. This was the best two hours we spent out of 48 in Quebec city
Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour Reviewed by Kathy, 09/27/2016

Fabulous (but the captain spoke too much French)

I liked the tour very much, bus drive was long but the driver told some interesting details about the region and about whales. But: although the captain knew that there were people who didn't speak French most of the time he gave explanations in French, so it was difficult to understand. Bring warm clothes!
Whale Watching Tour from Quebec City Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/26/2016

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