Quebec, the capital of the province of Quebec, Canada, is one of the oldest city created by Europeans in the 16th century. It is a French speaking city and has attractions for visitors and locals such as the Summer Festival and the Winter Carnaval in addition to its cultural wealth.
Tourist Information Bureau
This should be the first stop for every visit you want to plan after stopping at your hotel to store your luggage. Get a map and either wander around or just ask for more information because it will save you a lot of time. They know what is worth visiting in their city and can sometimes direct you to some usual activities that you would not have encountered otherwise.
This is probably where you will spend most of your time during your visit of Quebec City. Because of its history, you will have the pleasure to experience what can be considered the closest to going to Europe in America. Narrow streets, tiny stores and French-speaking shop-owners will put you right in "Canadian Paris". Many places will serve tasty food so you will enjoy your stay even more.
Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site
Québec City is the only walled city which has its ramparts still standing in North America. Because of their historical specificity, they have belonged to the World Heritage Site of UNESCO since 1985.
Basilique Cathedrale - Notre-Dame-de-Quebec
This cathedral is the first church in North America that has received the title of basilica by Pope Pius IX in 1874. It has been classified as a National Historic Site of Canada in the Historic District of Old Quebec. The architecture and art inside are a beautiful piece of history but the highlight of the tour is the crypt tour guided by wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers.
The Fairmont Château Frontenac has been part of the National Historic Site of Canada since 1980. Because of a will to offer luxury tourism and appeal to rich tourists, the Canadian Pacific Railway built château style hotels. Thanks to its location on top of a cape, the view is simply breathtaking.
Sightseeing Tours on Foot
Unlike most cities in North America, you can visit Quebec City on foot and access streets that are closed to vehicles. A few suggestions :
- Start at the visitor center at the pier downtown and get a few walking tour flyers. Do not forget to get a map too. Be careful if you have some walking difficulties because of the hill that may make your stay uncomfortable.
- You can also go to the Château Frontenac to the Citadel and enjoy the view.
Ghost Tour Of Quebec City, Canada
An original attraction that will take you on a walking tour of a part of the city. Discover the city like no one else. You will not see the street the same way after that. A trained actor will wander with you and a group of people and tell you some of the most spooky stories in Quebec. A really fun activity at night. A must see !
In the case where you a visiting the city during wintertime, dress with warm coats, gloves and hats. A good way to keep warm without having to stay in the hotel at all time is to use hand warmers.
Old Port of Quebec National Historic Site
This is a nice place to visit on foot where you can find very good restaurants. The best thing about it is that it is a wonderful place to take pictures as it offers with sublime views.
Farmer's Market in Old Port of Quebec
Do you like food ? If your answer to that question is yes, this is the place you should go to get local grown foods and products. If your answer is negative, you should also give it a try and it may surprise you. The cleanness of the market is always welcoming.
Great varieties of choices are available at very reasonable prices : honey, maple products, local wines and ciders, vegetable, fruits and cheeses. The producers are the ones selling the products in that market so if you have any questions regarding the origins or growing of the goods, it is the best place to ask them.
The best time to visit this farmers' market is probably at the end of your day full of visits when you can buy everything and bring it back to your hotel room. Carrying food all day long will do you no good, except if you eat everything or bring food for a picnic.
Aquarium du Quebec
Though it is a farther away from the Old Quebec, a trip to the aquarium may be a good break from all the historical facts that you have to remember. The site offers a good opportunity to escape the city. Seals, walruses, polar bears are a great extra for this aquarium, on top of the marine life. Plan to stay at least half a day to enjoy of the shows available.
The Montmorency Falls or Chutes de Montmorency are located on the Montmorency river in Canada. They are 84 meters high (275 feet) which is 30 meters (98 feet) taller than the Niagara Falls. The park surrounding the falls protects them and you can walk around. Staircases were built so you can enjoy a better view of the falls.
These falls are 12 km away from Quebec City so it takes about 20 to 30 min by bus to get there. Ask at the information center where and what bus to take. They usually have a couple of buses that leave the city every hour.
Last but not least, don't hesitate to say "Bonjour" or "Merci" ("Thank you"), it is always appreciated even if you don't speak French... or as some French people would say "Canadian French".
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