There is so much to do in Quebec City as it is full of towering fortresses, amazing castles, and centuries-old buildings. Take a walk through the cobblestone streets and visit the fortifications of Quebec City which are full of small cafes and souvenir shops. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely worth visiting and to save you the trouble of doing research about where to go, we have come up with a top 10 list of attractions and things to do in Quebec City.
- Old Quebec
Old Quebec is one of the most visited areas of the city and overlooks the St. Lawrence River. This historical neighborhood is home to some of the most iconic attractions such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, Théâtre Petit Champlain, and the Citadel. You can go on a tour of Old Quebec in a carriage and explore its cobblestone streets. Don’t forget to visit the famous Museum of Civilization and shop at the Old Market.
- Montmorency Falls Park
Offering several walking paths, Montmorency Falls Park is there to give protection to the falls and drops over 270 feet over a cliff right into the Saint Lawrence River. There is an aerial tram that transfers visitor to the falls and back. You can also go to a suspension bridge for best views of the falls or check out the gift shop in the park. Each summer, there is a fireworks competition in the park.
- Terrasse Dufferin
Offering amazing views of the St. Lawrence River, Terrasse Dufferin is located right below the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and it was originally a military fortification. A lot has changed since 1879 when this park was constructed, and today you will find a number of local artists and performers entertaining large crowds of tourists. If you wish to learn a bit about the history of Terrasse Dufferin, you can go on a guided tour every day from May to October. The tour will cost you around $8 for adults and $4 for kids.
- Place Royale
Although Place Royale looks like a nice place to go for a drink or purchase some souvenirs, it is actually the birthplace of the French-American community. This whole area of Quebec used to serve as an industry center and a marketplace for merchants during the 18th century. Check out one of the oldest stone church in the area Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires and make sure to stop by and see the Centre d’interprétation de Place-Royale that features numerous exhibits.
- Musee de la Civilisastion
Musee de la Civilisastion features a mixture of changing and permanent exhibits which are connected with Quebec history. It is located a few minutes away from Place Royale and this museum includes several interactive exhibits devoted to topics like the French influence on the American culture and culinary heritage of Quebec. Some people say how the museum is not that large, but still includes plenty of exhibits and is quite informative.
- Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec
Built in 1647, Notre-Dame-de-Quebec is the first stone church in the city and after 200 years it became a basilica due to a high number of pilgrim visitors. With its two asymmetrical towers and a lovely neoclassical façade, it is one of the most beautiful buildings in Quebec. The stained glass windows were designed in Paris and Munich, while the Casavant Organs and a couple of golden sculptures were designed by François Baillairgé, a famous French Canadian.
- La Citadelle de Quebec
Located in the Old Quebec on Cap Diamant, La Citadelle de Quebec is a military base which is shaped like a star. It was built in 1820 and is part of an old fortification which originally served as a place of protection for New France. Today, La Citadelle de Quebec serves as the official residence of the Canadian Governor General and Canada’s monarch, although he lives here only a couple of weeks during the summer season. C You can go on a guided tour throughout the day and see the changing of the guards.
- Guided Tour of Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site
Built between 1608 and 1871, Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site served as the defense system of Quebec City. During the colonial times, it was the main military stronghold of Canada. You can go on a guided tour along nearly 5 km long walls and through four of the remaining gates. Of course, there are a couple of activities for families here at Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site including the tour of the Artillery Park and the Musket Firing Demonstration.
- La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain
Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is a lovely park with four different sections. In the center of the park, you will find a couple of fountains where local performers and musicians are trying to impress pedestrians who are walking by or chilling on the park benches. There are several walking paths, so you can easily take a long walk from one side of the park to the other without getting lost or going in circles. La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain is also famous for its ancient pine trees.
- Visit the Old Jail Cells at the Morrin Centre
Originally served as the first modern Canadian prison in the 18th century, Morrin Centre was also the first English-language College in the 19th century and housed the Literary and Historical Society of Québec. Today, Morrin Center is a national historic site and serves as an English-language library. Visitors can take the guided tours which include a visit to the old jail cells and a stop at the Victorian Library.