Things to do in
Quebec City

Nowhere straddles 2 worlds quite like this city, which is both a wholly North American and European cultural gem.

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Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

1. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, learn more about the history of the park at the interpretation center located in the Manoir Montmorency. You will also find a souvenir shop there. Continue to the suspension bridge hanging directly over the falls and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

2. Quebec: Grosse Île & Irish Immigrant Memorial Day Trip

On your day tour of Grosse Île you’ll meet period figures who will tell you about the daily lives of the immigrants and employees that resided in this quarantine station. Experience what the immigrants must have felt when they entered the disinfection building, and learn about medicine and immigration procedures here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You can choose to walk or hop on the tourist trolley to visit the central part of the island and the village where the quarantine station employees lived. Continue on to the hospital sector at the easternmost point of the island to visit the Lazaretto. Take a walk along the Mirador Trail and admire the views of the Isle-aux-Grues archipelago, taking in the natural treasures that await you at every turn. Retrace the footsteps of the Irish immigrants or linger a while at the memorial and think about what they experienced as they arrived in Canada. Departure is from Berthier-sur-Mer, on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. The cruise lasts about 45 minutes. You remain on the island for about 4 hours. The return trip to Berthier-sur-Mer is at a set time, and also lasts about 45 minutes.

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

3. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

4. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the history of Quebec City on a hassle-free day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allle, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

5. Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

Make the most of your time in Quebec City and the later days of summer with an express orientation tour. Admire the historic Old Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, and the lively street, Grand Allée on a 1-hour tour. Climb aboard an open-top double-decker bus for an introduction to this world-famous city. Departing from the center of Old Quebec, you'll experience firsthand the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. Discover Quebec's historic charm on a delightful route that showcases the Old Town, the historic Plains of Abraham that serve as the lungs of Québec City, and Grand Allée - one of the most colorful streets in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

6. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

Set sail on a captivating 1.5-hour cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. Departing from Chouinard Pier, this cruise will be a memorable experience that gives you a completely different perspective of Quebec City. During daytime crusies, the costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the old fortifications, the Château Frontenac, the Montmorency Falls, Île d'Orléans, the Côte-de-Beaupré, and the Laurentian Mountains. Or choose to join an evening cruise and experience summer on the only floating terrace in Quebec City. A DJ will provide music and at the end of the night.

Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

7. Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

Discover a complete relaxation experience at Strøm Nordic Spa, located only a few steps from Old Quebec City and the cruise terminal. Enjoy a thermal experience at an exceptional Nordic spa that includes the rental of a bathrobe, a towel, and a locker. Summer or winter, rain or shine, reduce stress as you revive your body and mind.  Begin by relaxing your muscles in the whirlpool hot tubs. Eliminate toxins by going to a heated sauna, followed by a dip in an ice-cold bath and a period of deep relaxation. Upgrade to the premium option to receive a signature freshly-made juice, a souvenir of your choice, a reusable Strøm sandal bag, and a beverage of your choice at the onsite bistro. Practiced for thousands of years, thermotherapy is a wellness ritual based on the external use of water for therapeutic purposes. Benefit from access to the outdoor whirlpools, thermal and Nordic baths, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas with fireplaces. The gourmet bistro on-site offers panoramic views of the river and a Scandinavian-inspired cuisine highlighting local products and flavors.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

8. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

9. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

10. Quebec City: Whale Watching Excursion with Bus Transfer

Experience the wonder of whale watching on a day trip from Quebec City. Benefit from comfortable round-trip transport by bus, and the choice between a big boat or zodiac whale watching excursion. After morning pickup, depart Quebec City for the beautiful area of Baie-Sainte-Catherine, near Tadoussac. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive. On arrival to Baie-Sainte-Catherine, you’ll board either a big boat or be outfitted for your zodiac experience. The big boat offers inside and outside seating, a covered roof, restrooms, observation platform, a boutique, and a cafeteria. The zodiac offers a more intimate and adventurous encounter, as you observe the whales from water level. Your bilingual guides on either vessel will be more than happy to share information about the whales and surrounding area. Help the naturalist, the captain, the crew, and the other passengers spot the giants of the sea. Breathe in the fresh air and admire the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River as well as the tiny island of Ile Rouge or the lighthouse "Phare Au Fond Prince". After your 2.5 to 3-hour excursion, board the bus for the return journey. Tour concludes with drop-off in Quebec City.

Frequently asked questions about Quebec City

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there

    Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport offers direct access to the city. Taxis and buses are readily available.

  • How long do I need?

    Allow two full days to explore the city, and an extra day to see the surrounding area and further afield.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit in the summer when the temperatures are warm and there are many festivals to choose from. It's a little more expensive at this time, but the shoulder seasons offer very little in terms of special events.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,724 reviews

Super éducatif pour notre première visite! Ce tour nous a permis de voir les attractions et ce familiariser avec la ville avan de commencer nos aventures a pieds. Les écouteurs sont dure sur les oreilles, p-e apporter les vôtres et les branché a la radio du bus. Une petite veste est encourager pour ceux qui s’assoir en haut :) Fortement recommander!

Arianne, the English guide on May 13 was amazing. Was a very entertaining and engaging tour. She was very animated and informative with her stories staying in character the entire tour. I’d highly recommend- you will fund hundreds the lower town so finding your way back if the funicular is closed is hard. We ubered.

Fantastic mini day-trip from Quebec City. Easy to get to the falls via the 800 bus, a beautiful must-see addition to your Quebec City trip!

I have a lovely time on the tour! Louise was excellent and made sure we all had a good time.

Our driver Richard was great. Very knowledgeable and funny.