Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and is situated high up on cliffs that overlook St. Lawrence Seaway. The city offers great landscapes as well as a wonderful mix of both natural and historical attractions that are a delight to the many tourists who visit Quebec every year. The Old Town of Quebec city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site that still retains its original city walls.
Staying in Quebec
We recommend you stay in the HI Québec City
Address: 19, rue Ste-Ursule, Quebec City, Quebec, G1R 4E1, Canada
Phone: (418) 694-0755
Things to do and see in Quebec
The Old Town of Quebec has been designated a world heritage treasure by UNESCO. Here you’ll find Chateau Frontenac which claims to be the most photographed hotel in North America and other historical sites with centuries-old architecture. The boardwalk Dufferin Terrace runs alongside the chateau which gives great views over the picturesque St. Lawrence River, which can freeze over during the winter months. The Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec in Battlefields Park offers free access to their permanent exhibitions which aim to promote and preserve Quebec art throughout the ages. Within one of the museum’s pavilions is also Quebec’s old city prison.
The upper part of the Old Town is surrounded by Quebec’s Fortifications which were developed by both the English and French armies during their control of the city. Quebec is the only fortified city in North America with over 4km of city walls that includes imposing gates, turrets and cannons. The Citadel holds a changing of the guard ceremony each morning and the unique interior of the Artillery Park.
Quebec’s Winter Carnival is a spectacular centuries-old tradition with its centrepiece being a giant ice palace built in Place Jacques-Cartier. Many teams from around the world come here for the International Ice sculpture Competition building some truly amazing ice sculptures. If you’re looking for something a little warmer, the Saint-Jean Baptiste Celebration in June is one of the largest and a celebration of Quebec’s National day.
Eating out & nightlife in Quebec
Café culture is very much part of Quebec City and there are plenty of establishments throughout this enchanting city to relax with a drink and enjoy the wonderful views and cultural life that makes this vibrant city. The same goes for bars and restaurants with a place of every visitor from a quiet corner to a lively dance floor.
Getting around in Quebec
The Old Town has wonderful historical buildings, beautiful fortifications and narrow cobbled streets which are best enjoyed on-foot at your leisure. Cycling is also a good option as Quebec offers a system of provincial bikes paths that run through parks and close to many of the city’s local attractions. Further afield, the public transport system will take you to most places of interest via a system of buses and express shuttles while Quebec’s Funicular railway will take you between the upper and lower parts of the town.