Recent Searches
Clear
Things to do in Quebec City

Things to do in  Quebec City

Welcome to Quebec City

Quebec City lies at the southern end of the province of Quebec in Canada, 156 miles (252 kilometers) to the northeast of Montreal—its busier, flashier cousin. Home to cobbled alleyways, classy bistros, 18th-century townhouses, and pretty squares, this UNESCO World Heritage–listed city boasts rich history, loads of character, and a proud French identity. Visitors short on time can see the main sights in a day or two, using a hop-on hop-off bus or a guided walking tour to hit all of the highlights with ease. But those able to linger can experience a true taste of colonial Canada—and this is a city best appreciated slowly. The Old Town stretches from the Cap Diamant cliffs to the banks of the St. Lawrence River, attracting visitors to top attractions including the Citadelle of Quebec, the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site, and Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. The city comes into its own in summer, with a whole host of dazzling shows and festivals to entertain locals and visitors alike. And away from the city streets, whale-watching cruises take visitors into the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, cycling tours spin along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, half-day excursions head to impressive Montmorency Falls, and walking trips lead into the beautiful Canyon Sainte-Anne—where cascading waterfalls and beautiful scenery await.

Top 15 attractions in Quebec City

#1
Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)

Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)

star-56,054
With its narrow, cobbled streets and historic 17th- and 18th-century homes and monuments, there’s no place else in Canada that feels quite like Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec). As the only existing fortified city north of Mexico, it’s full of living history, rich Quebecois culture, and European-style charm. The historic district of Old Quebec—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is a must-see when in Quebec City.More
#2
Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)

Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)

star-4.53,669
Higher than Niagara Falls, the impressive Montmorency Falls stand 272 feet (83 meters) tall and serve as the centerpiece of Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency). The site is a year-round destination for visitors to Quebec City and Montreal, offering an array of outdoor activities and the stunning sight of the falls themselves tumbling into the St. Lawrence River.More
#3
Quebec Royal Square (Place-Royale)

Quebec Royal Square (Place-Royale)

star-55,280
The passing of centuries has had little impact on Quebec's Royal Square (Place-Royale), a 17th-century plaza that has been at the center of Quebec City life since Samuel de Champlain founded the city in 1608. The Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the oldest stone church in North America, still stands here, and the Fresque des Québécois mural can be seen nearby.More
#4
Quebec City Old Port (Vieux-Port)

Quebec City Old Port (Vieux-Port)

star-51,905
During the 17th century, Quebec City’s charming Old Port (Vieux-Port) was bustling with European vessels and crews offloading supplies to New France. Now thronged with passengers from incoming cruise ships, the area is filled with historic buildings occupied by art galleries, boutiques, and inviting French-influenced restaurants.More
#5
Petit Champlain District (Quartier Petit Champlain)

Petit Champlain District (Quartier Petit Champlain)

star-4.54,528
One of Quebec City’s best-preserved historic neighborhoods, the Petit Champlain District (Quartier Petit Champlain) has cobbled streets with sidewalk cafés, art galleries, and boutiques and European ambience. The city’s oldest staircase, the Breakneck Steps (L'Escalier Casse-Cou), leads from this quarter to the Côte de la Montagne.More
#6
Dufferin Terrace (Terrasse Dufferin)

Dufferin Terrace (Terrasse Dufferin)

star-53,377
Running alongside the famous Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Dufferin Terrace (Terrasse Dufferin) is a wide boardwalk offering views of the city and the St. Lawrence river. In the summer, gazebos along the promenade host street performers and musicians, while in winter, the popular Les Glissades de la Terrasse toboggan run draws locals and visitors alike.More
#7
Plains of Abraham (Plaines d'Abraham)

Plains of Abraham (Plaines d'Abraham)

star-4.52,860
Part of Battlefields Park, the grassy expanse of the Plains of Abraham (Plaines d'Abraham) was the setting for a major military clash in 1759, which led to the British takeover of New France—a battle that is well-documented in the Plains of Abraham Museum. The park is an outdoor playground for Quebec City residents who come here to stroll, cycle, jog, sled, and cross-country ski.More
#8
Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral

star-52,983
The oldest Christian parish north of Mexico, the grandiose Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral started life as a much more modest church in 1647 but was damaged and rebuilt several times—most recently in the 1920s following a devastating fire. The basilica is a must-see for anyone with an interest in architecture, art, and history.More
#9
Citadel of Quebec (Citadelle de Quebec)

Citadel of Quebec (Citadelle de Quebec)

star-4.5574
The huge star-shaped Citadel of Quebec (Citadelle de Quebec) is the largest military fortress in North America still occupied by troops. Begun by the French in the 1750s, the fortress was completed by the British in the mid-19th century, but never actually saw any action. Today, Canada’s French-speaking Royal 22nd Regiment (Royal 22e Régiment) is based here.More
#10
Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site

Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site

star-4.51,922
Encircling Old Quebec, these historic walls are the defense system of the only surviving walled city in North America. Originally developed by the French to protect them from the British, and later by the British to protect them from the Americans, the restored Fortifications of Quebec are now a National Historic Site.More
#11
Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

Upper Town (Haute-Ville)

star-51,497
Perched atop Cape Diamond (Cap Diamant) overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Upper Town (Haute-Ville) is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec). Historic fortifications, built by the French and British, enclose a series of well-preserved streets lined with buildings dating back as far as the 17th century.More
#12
Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré)

Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré)

star-51,097
One of Canada’s most-visited shrines, the Shrine of Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sanctuaire de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) attracts more than a million pilgrims every year. Though the shrine’s origins can be traced back to the 17th century, the colossal twin-spired basilica that stands today—which dwarfs the modest village in which it sits—is much newer, having opened only in 1934.More
#13
Quebec Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

star-4.51,147
Between Upper Town (Haute-Ville) and the St. Lawrence River, Quebec Lower Town (Basse-Ville) is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec). Aside from cobbled streets lined with boutiques, galleries, and French-style bistros, the neighborhood is also home to Place Royale, the site of the first settlement of New France.More
#14
Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum and Boutique

Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum and Boutique

star-4.51,094
The Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum offers a unique look at an unusual art form: metal embossing. This craft, perfected by Albert Gilles, continues to be practiced by his children and grandchildren today at the museum and store close to Quebec City.More
#15
Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church (Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires)

Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church (Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires)

star-4.5745
Located in the walkable heart of Old Quebec (Vieux Quebec), the Roman Catholic Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church (Église Notre-Dame-des-Victoires) is among the oldest in North America. Construction of the small stone church began in 1688 on the site of Samuel de Champlain’s original settlement, and it remains a beloved landmark.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day in Quebec City

How to Spend 1 Day in Quebec City

Things to Do in Quebec City This Winter

Things to Do in Quebec City This Winter

Food Lover's Guide to Quebec City

Food Lover's Guide to Quebec City

Top activities in Quebec City

Quebec City Walking Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Quebec City Walking Tour

star-5
1421
From
$24.55
Evening Gourmet Tour 5 Course Dinner - History and Food in Old Quebec City
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Island of Orleans Food and Drink Tour
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Combo Historical and Food Tour of the Old Quebec City
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Old Quebec City Food & Drinks Tour / Day Experience
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Wine Tasting on Ile d'Orleans

Wine Tasting on Ile d'Orleans

star-4.5
36
From
$77.26
Small Group Excursion of Quebec City and Montmorency Falls
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Walking Tour Through Quebec City's History
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Guided Historic City Tour of Quebec
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out

Recent reviews from experiences in Quebec City

star-5
Reliable car service in a beautiful city.
Alejandro_G, May 2022
Private Departure Transfer to Quebec Airport YQB
Sunny days in early Spring while walking miles each day was just perfect.
star-5
Great welcome to Quebec City
JoAnn_M, Apr 2022
Quebec City Walking Tour
Michael also gave us insight on life in Quebec in the winter and showed photos that brought his presentation to life.
star-5
I took this tour with my...
Dagmar_M, Apr 2022
Guided Tour of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City
It turned out to be one of his favourite activities in Quebec City.
star-5
Guide was very...
Doug_V, Feb 2022
Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour
If doing a winter tour dress warmly.
star-5
Excellent tour guide. The...
Mark_E, Dec 2021
Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec city
The falls, and church were spectacular to see in person.
star-5
Enjoyable tour
Claude_R, Nov 2021
Quebec City Walking Tour
Tips for travelers: dress warmly in fall and winter since the wind can be cold.
star-5
Lots to Love!
Heather_W, Nov 2021
Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec city
I liked the waterfall with its roar and bridge and rainbows best.
star-5
Lovely tour! Very...
KAREN_A, Nov 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Very informative, key landmarks to see and visit.
star-5
Excellent personal tour
Wayne_G, Sep 2021
Discover Quebec With a Private 4-Hour City Tour
Montmorency Falls was spectacular.
star-5
Very informative
Denyse_M, Aug 2021
Quebec City: Double Decker Express Tour
Saw many areas of Quebec City that we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise.
star-5
A Must Do While In Quebec!
Patricia_C, Aug 2021
Wine Tasting on Ile d'Orleans
A pleasure to see such hard working people making our country a beautiful place to be!
star-4
A must in QC
Shamim, Aug 2020
Quebec City Guided Sightseeing Cruise
A wonderful way to see Quebec City!
star-4
Surprising just how awesome the falls were
nrew2019, Nov 2019
Private Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls
The falls were the highlight , the bike ride there less so but the enthusiasm and knowledge of our guide was 5 star!
star-5
Great way to spend 2 hours
christinaduvernay1, Nov 2019
Quebec City Sightseeing Tour
The guide easily switched between speaking English and French.
star-4
What a terrific afternoon!
Judy G, Oct 2019
Small Group Excursion of Quebec City and Montmorency Falls
So much information was provided, tips on where to go and what to see in Quebec City.
star-5
A fabulous tour!!
George C, Oct 2019
Quebec City Sightseeing Tour
If you have the time and you want to see and understand old Quebec sign up for this tour and ask for Dan you will not regret it
star-5
Ann was a great guide,...
Sean_W, Nov 2021
Quebec City Walking Tour
Ann was a great guide, very knowledgeable and fun, and she gave lots of great suggestions on places to see in Quebec City.
star-5
Fabulous bike tour in Quebec City
June_S, Oct 2019
HIstorical Lower Town & Neighborhood Private Bike Tour
On a bike was the best way to see a lot of Quebec City in a short time with an excellent commentary.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Angie P, Jul 2019
Private Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls
Denis, the guide, was knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating and the falls were impressive!
star-5
Great Experience
CinnDee, Jul 2019
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
This tour allowed me to travel in comfort and see all the main attractions the city has to offer.

All about Quebec City

When to visit

Quebec City may be known for its snowfall, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid a winter visit. From December through February, the city turns into a frosty wonderland, with the annual Winter Carnival and the arrival of public toboggan slides and ice hotels. Summer is also a busy time for festive events, including the National Quebec Festival and Quebec City Pride.

Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the top things to do in Quebec City?
Q:
What are the top activities in Quebec City?
Q:
What are the top things to do near Quebec City?
A:
Check out things to do near Quebec City:
Q:
What do I need to know before visiting Quebec City?