Québec City's Top 20 Sights
Collected by John Newton , AFAR Contributor
The cultural and political capital of the province of Québec is a compact, historic city. For any traveler interested in culture—or simply looking for a few days in a Canadian city with European flair—Québec is an enchanting must-visit.
3 Place Royale, Québec, QC G1K 4G3, Canada
This small cobblestone square in the Old Port is where it all started—the site where Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City in 1608. Presiding over it is Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, one of Canada's oldest stone churches and almost as old as...
Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 5J5, Canada
What a wonderful time wandering in Old Quebec City ! My home town is such a nice place, and I highly recommend tourists to visit Old Quebec. You can start at Place D'Youville (Ice rink outside in Winter) and then head over to rue St-Jean. You will...
16 Rue du Petit Champlain, Québec, QC G1K 4H4, Canada
The distance separating Québec's Lower and Upper towns is not that formidable—about 200 feet—and if you have the time and are not deterred by a little effort, you can easily walk between the two along Old Québec's...
160 Quai Saint-André, Québec, QC G1K 3Y2, Canada
Just to the north of Old Québec, on the Louise Basin marina, Québec City's farmers' market showcases the best produce grown in the region—you can expect an abundance of apples and berries, in season at least. It's a good place...
636 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1P8, Canada
One of the oldest streets in the city, Rue Saint-Jean was laid out in the 17th century to connect a country estate to the city. Today it's one of the city's liveliest shopping areas. The blocks within the city walls are dominated by stores selling...
1105 Avenue Cartier, Québec, QC G1R 2S6, Canada
A little beyond the city walls, and just a few blocks from the Musée national beaux-arts, Avenue Cartier offers a different shopping experience than what you'll find in Old Town. Instead of shops selling sweatshirts with moose and maple-leaf...
29 Rue Notre Dame, Québec, QC G1K 4E9, Canada
On your visit to Québec City, there is no reason you need to settle for a buffalo-plaid fleece or a stuffed moose toy when you are shopping for gifts to take back home. Old Québec has countless boutiques, crafts stores, and galleries...
85 Rue Dalhousie, Québec, QC G1K 8R2, Canada
Located in Old Québec, not far from the St. Lawrence River, the Musée de la civilisation is an enormous (for Québec City, at least) museum with lofty ambitions. Exhibits cover just about every culture imaginable—at any given time you might find...
2 Côte de la Fabrique, Québec, QC G1R 3V6, Canada
If you happen to be French, French Canadian, or simply of French descent, the Musée de l'Amérique Francophone (Museum of Francophone America) in the heart of Old Québec will be of special interest—the interactive...
179 Grande Allée Ouest, Québec, QC G1R 2H1, Canada
If you only have a few days in Québec like I did, I recommend visiting the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, especially if you are interested in art history. Admission for adults is a bit steep at $18 but you definitely get your money’s...
61 Rue du Petit Champlain, Québec, QC G1K 4H5, Canada
The Petit-Champlain District (Quartier Petit Champlain) runs along the river, at the foot of the escarpment that separates Upper Town from Lower Town in Old Québec. Long part of the city's working port, the district fell into disrepair as the city...
12 Rue Donnacona, Québec, QC G1R 3Y7, Canada
Located in Upper Town, Musée des Ursulines de Québec (the Ursulines Museum) sits next to the order's complex of buildings, many constructed during the 17th century. Much of the history of New France is tied to religious orders, and...
44 Chaussée des Écossais, Québec, QC G1R 4H3, Canada
The site of this 18th-century building in Upper Town has seen a parade of history over the years. A military barracks stood here in the days of New France. The current structure, completed in 1812, was built to serve as the city's first public...
5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 1S1, Canada
A few minutes from downtown Quebec, you can visit the waterfalls on the Montmorency River. These falls are about 98' higher than the grand Niagara Falls. Montmorency Falls drop over the cliff and down into the St. Lawrence River. There is a metal...
835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC G1R 2L3, Canada
Just south of the historic center of Québec City, the Battlefields Park is one of the most important historic sites in Canada. Here, the dream of New France—a more than 200-year-long project by the French to colonize North...
1 Côte de la Citadelle, Québec, QC G1R 3R2, Canada
Just navigating the Old City is an urban hike in of itself; with hundreds of stairs and steep inclines, many people choose to take on the city with hiking poles! But if you are looking for a bit more of an urban hiking experience, trek up the...
1045 Rue des Parlementaires, Québec, QC G1A 1A3, Canada
Just outside the old city walls, the Hôtel du Parlement (Parliament Building) is where Québec's National Assembly meets. Statues of French and Québecois explorers and military figures decorate the facade of this grand and...
1037 Rue de la Chevrotière, Québec, QC G1R 5E9, Canada
If you want a panoramic view of Québec City, you can't get any higher than the Observatoire de la Capitale, just past the Parliament Building. The observation deck on the 31st floor of the Marie-Guyart Building stands 221 meters (725 feet) high,...
31 Rue des Jardins, Québec, QC G1R 3Y9, Canada
Québec City has two cathedrals, both in Upper Town: the Roman Catholic Notre-Dame and the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, a block away. When it was consecrated in 1804, Holy Trinity had the distinction of being the first Anglican...
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