Top 10 Things to do in Quebec City, Canada

December 14, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Quebec City may be the only fortified city north of Mexico, but it welcomes visitors with open arms. Explore the Citadel, where you might catch Canadian troops staging a military ceremony. As for food, you could splurge on afternoon tea at the Chateau Frontenac, or do as the locals do and snack on poutine—french fries with gravy and cheese curds.
Restaurants in Quebec City

1. Old Quebec

Rue de Tresor, Quebec City, Quebec GIR 5B8, Canada 4182625515
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5 based on 11 reviews

Old Quebec

Reviewed By Gabrielle Q

What a jewel of a city, I am still in awe!!! Picture perfect, tucked away. Cold, but for a Floridian, a sweet change!! Everyone has been sooo nice!! Great little shops, restaurants, bars...everything with in walking distance...so blessed to see this beautiful city!!

2. La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

Boulevard Champlain, Quebec City, Quebec G1T 1X9, Canada +1 418-528-0773
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4.5 based on 384 reviews

La Promenade Samuel-De Champlain

Bike or walk the Samuel-De Champlain Promenade, a large park on the bank of the St. Lawrence River. The park stretches nearly 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers ) from the Cageux Wharf to the Sillery coastline. This landscaped park is a gift from the provincial government to Quebec City for its 400th anniversary.

Reviewed By Troonie1

Great walking time around Quebec coincided with the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec. Much excitement as the cyclists powered up and down the cobbled streets of the historical city of Quebec. Gave a unique set of photo ops

3. Terrasse Dufferin

2, rue d'Auteuil / D'Auteuil street, 2 | chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 5C2, Canada +1 418-648-7016
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Terrasse Dufferin

This elevated area offers panoramic views of Old Quebec and the St. Lawrence River. Winter adrenalin junkies line up by the thousands at Les Glissades de la Terrasse to experience the rush of zooming downhill from 270 feet high (82 meters) in a toboggan speeding up to 60 mph (90 kilometers per hour) to the bottom 500 feet (152 meters) away. Located on the Dufferin Terrace overlooking the St. Lawrence River behind Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, the ride is open from mid-December through late March.

Reviewed By thenaturenerd - Ottawa, Canada

Watched a passing ship dock from up here, walked along the edge and admired the scenic view. Only downside was it was slightly crowded but what can you do.

4. Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada +1 418-657-9177
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4.5 based on 800 reviews

Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

The hilly section of the city known as Upper Town developed later than the original settlement it overlooks.

Reviewed By parrottdize - Dyer, Indiana

If you stay in this section of Quebec, you will not need transportation to see Old Quebec as everything is within walking distance. You can walk to everything, the stores, restaurants, churches, plazas, even to the lower part of Old Quebec. So much to see here, but do get a good (walking tour) map
If you have mobility problems, I think you might have some problems as the streets can be narrow and not always level.

5. Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada +1 418-692-2613
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.

Reviewed By KathleenR_28 - Port Dover, Canada

My husband and I took a bus tour of Old Quebec, which included the lower town, and I just loved it. So many quaint and historical buildings and structures, shops and restaurants, and cobble-stone roads. Basse Ville definitely is a pretty place. There was a section where houses had colourful roofs and the bus driver explained the history behind it.
We also got a chance to drive down to to the old port, where we enjoyed a nice view of the waters.
When in Quebec City, don't miss this place. It is worth visiting and be sure to have your camera with you.
One thing I would suggest is that if you love walking, forget the bus. I would have loved to have stayed a couple of hours or more in this place but the bus driver had a schedule to follow. Forty-five minutes in this lovely place is much too brief.
Anyway, when you arrive at this place, you will want to stay longer to stroll around and just enjoy the sights and take in everything at a leisurely pace. From Old Quebec, it is less than a kilometer to walk. You can also take the cable car (funicular) both ways.

6. Place Royale

27 rue Notre-Dame, Quebec City, Quebec G1K 4E9, Canada +1 418-646-3167
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Place Royale

This famous town plaza is the heart of historic Lower Town and has been an important social center since the city's founding.

Reviewed By FFXTravelers - Fairfax, Virginia

If you are looking for the best location to take pictures in the snow, this is where you need to go. The snow makes this little sq magical and the best site for quaint pictures of the town.

7. Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site

2 Rue d'Auteuil | Corner St.Jean, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 5C2, Canada +1 888-773-8888
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4.5 based on 851 reviews

Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site

The only walled city in Canada, Quebec City still is home to a variety of old forts and military structures. Meet with history in the only fortified city of North America! The suggested route, showcasing photos, texts, and videos, offers detailed information concerning the many sites and vestiges that you will encounter in the context of this must-see tour of the history of Quebec. BaladoDiscovery Free App Live this free unique thematic experience in the historical heart of Quebec guided by this free App. Following suggested trail: 1,8 km

Reviewed By lovetohike1111 - Prescott, Arizona

The fortifications are fascinating throughout the city as we see just how protected the city was. They are constantly renovating different areas, but it is worth seeing and then learning more about this historic city.

8. La Promenade des Gouverneurs

Dufferin Terrace, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4P5, Canada
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4.5 based on 621 reviews

La Promenade des Gouverneurs

This elevated walkway provides wonderful views of the city and the St. Lawrence River.

Reviewed By mojave_ben - Boston

This is a nice connector along the base of the Citadel walls connecting the upper town area near the Frontenac to the Plains of Abraham. You get a few nice glimpses of the river - probably wonderful views in winter once the leaves drop. There's even a public toilet at the west end. Expect to climb about 300 stairs if going east to west

9. Terrasse Dufferin Slides

42 Delorme, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada +1 418-692-2955
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4.5 based on 174 reviews

Terrasse Dufferin Slides

An exciting high-speed toboggan ride along a slick ice tube.

Reviewed By smrbrowne - Boston, Massachusetts

It's a toboggan in the middle of the city. Great views of the St. Lawrence river, and the Chateu de Frontenac.
Pro tip: buy your effigy for Carnaval at 1884 (the little Sandwich café at the base of the toboggan) and get a free toboggan ticket.
Super pro tip: avoid during the day on weekends. Go at night. Shorter line, can't see as much of a view, but the lights are great.

10. Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec

16 rue Buade, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4A1, Canada +1 418-692-2533
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec

This famous 17th-century Cathedral has been restored several times but still provides visitors with an ambiance of centuries past.

Reviewed By MsMNyc - NYC

We quickly popped out in while walking around Old Quebec and were surprised to see how beautiful it was inside. Definitely worth a visit!
If you visit during the wintertime, avoid walking on the sidewalk alongside the church. We had breakfast across the street and saw sheets of ice falling from the roof.

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