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Quebec

A fascinating open-air history book – this Canadian province blends North American and European influences.

Our most recommended things to do in Quebec

Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

1. Ottawa: Sightseeing River Cruise

Discover the natural beauty of the region that captured the imagination of the first European explorer Samuel de Champlain. Climb aboard the 'Paula D' for a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise on the Ottawa River. This must-do experience offers an entertaining glimpse of the region's rich history and leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your stay. For your convenience, there are two departure docks, one located in Gatineau and another in Ottawa. Once boarded, sit back and relax as you cruise down the river. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and learn about the river's past life as a watery highway for transporting resources with your guide's engaging and informative commentary in both English and French. During your cruise, you'll have the opportunity to see the Parliament Buildings, the Rideau Canal Locks, and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau from the river. You'll also be able to spot some sights that are only visible from the water or from Gatineau. While you're taking in the sights, savor a nice cold beverage (at your own expense) on the large open-air upper deck. Alternatively, escape the elements and visit the closed-in lower deck to take advantage of the on-board canteen with a bar.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise

2. 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.

Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker 2-Day Tour

3. Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker 2-Day Tour

See the many sights of Montreal on board a London-style double-decker bus with a hop-on hop-off tour. You will discover the streets of Montreal in an interesting and informative way, with a professional tour guide who introduces you to the history and beauty of this city. You are free to get off at any of the 10 stops to soak up Montreal’s charm. 2-Day Red Loop Bask in the glory of the Notre Dame Basilica, stroll through Chinatown, and walk along the water of the Old Port. Be inspired and spend an afternoon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Plan your evening and scope out the best bars and restaurants along Crescent Street. With 10 different places to hop on or hop off, there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. This hop-on hop-off tour is a unique and informative way to experience Montreal! Stops include: Square Dorchester, Old Montreal: Notre Dame Basilica, Old Montreal: Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Village, Latin Quarter, Festival Quarter, Fine Arts Museum, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Mont-Royal: Kondiaronk Lookout, Mont-Royal: Camillien Houde Lookout.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

4. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Montmorency Falls with this ticket to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and a round trip cable car ride to the top of the falls. Take advantage of free parking at the cable car station in Beauport.  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.

Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

5. Montreal: Le Bateau-Mouche St. Lawrence Sightseeing Cruise

Take full advantage of summer aboard a relaxing 1 or 1.5-hour river cruise departing from the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the heart of Old Montreal. This is the perfect introduction to Montreal if you are visiting the city for the first time. Be charmed by the boat's bright and comfortable environment no matter where you sit. Get close to the waves and nature on the enclosed main deck or enjoy the sheltered, open-air upper deck. If you want to feel the wind in your hair as you admire the panoramic views then the back terrace is the place to be. The flat-bottomed boat allows for smooth sailing, cruising areas inaccessible to other boats. Get closer to the splendor of the St. Lawrence River and its coastline. Catch sight of the Clock Tower, Biosphère, Jacques Cartier Bridge, and Habitat 67. The pre-recorded audio narration will explain what you're seeing, and you can enjoy bar and snack services (at your own expense). After your cruise, you'll be dropped off at the Pier with the rest of the day to enjoy even more of Montreal.

Tadoussac: VIP Lounge or Upper Walkway Whale Watching Cruise

6. Tadoussac: VIP Lounge or Upper Walkway Whale Watching Cruise

Experience an unforgettable whale watching adventure at one of the best marine mammal-watching sites in the world. Encounter up to thirteen species of marine mammals aboard a vessel designed for observation and learn about the giants of the sea from professional naturalist guides. Choose between two options for this cruise. Access the Saint Laurent VIP lounge or access the upper Walkway only, departing from Tadoussac or Baie-St-Catherine. If you book the Saint Laurent VIP Lounge option, enjoy the amenities of a brand-new VIP lounge where a selection of fine local bites and drinks made with local products awaits you. You will also have access to the upper walkway with the VIP lounge option. Benefit from priority access to an exclusive observation deck with Quebec wines, beers, and spirits. Take in the majestic natural scenery from an intimate, glass-encased space on the upper deck. You will also enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch. If you book access to the upper Walkway only, you will have access to an exclusive observation deck, at the very top of the ship as well as priority access to board the ship. The upper Walkway allows you to see the whales from above.

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

7. 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.

Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

8. Montreal: St. Lawrence River Sightseeing Guided Cruise

Climb aboard the Cavalier Maxim river vessel at Montreal’s Alexandra Pier in the Old Port and set sail on a 90-minute cruise (or 60-minute cruise at 16:00) of the Saint Lawrence River. See the metropolitan area from a new perspective as you cruise out from the port, past the Olympic Stadium, Parc Bellerive, the Pont Jacques-Cartier and more. Relax on board and listen to a fascinating commentary by certified guide. They will regale you with stories of the history of Montreal, and relate anecdotes about the city and its surroundings. Take a break from city life and laze on the sunny terrace of the Cavalier Maxim, while soaking up the breathtaking panorama parading before your eyes!

Mont Tremblant: 3-Hour Zip Line Experience

9. Mont Tremblant: 3-Hour Zip Line Experience

Soar high above the trees on an aerial adventure as you zipline from the top of Mont Tremblant on an exhilarating course featuring 5 heart-pounding lines. Admire incredible views of Quebec's mountain scenery as you fly through the canopy.  Head to the village of Mont-Tremblant to meet your guide. Listen to a safety briefing and get strapped into your harness. Board a gondola that will carry you to the top of the mountain. Take in panoramic views of the Laurentian Mountains from the cable car.  Get insight into this incredible landscape, as your guide tells you about its ecology and sustainability along the way. Reach the summit and embark on a zip line course spanning a total length of 2.5 miles.  Zip across 5 thrillingly-long lines and feel the rush of the wind whistling past your face. Enjoy an unparalleled views of the ridges and valleys below. On your longest ride, soak up the amazing views as you soar for a jaw-dropping 3,500 feet.  Journey all the way back to the village by zip line, where you can make the transition back to solid ground with your heart still pounding.

Quebec City: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Double Decker Bus Tour

10. Quebec City: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Double Decker Bus Tour

Explore Québec City aboard an open-top, double-decker bus and discover the sights that interest you most. Enjoy panoramic views as you journey past some of the city's most famous attractions, and get off as many times as you like in the day. Avail of 14 strategic stops and an onboard taped commentary with free headphones to create your own adventure in the city. Red City Loop Stops: • Place d'Armes • Quartier St-Roch • Musée de la Civilisation • Place Royale • Marché du Vieux-Port • Centre des Congrès • Observatoire de la Capitale • Manège Militaire • Plaines d'Abraham • Musée des Beaux-arts • Quartier Saint-Jean-Baptiste• Avenue Cartier • Place d'Youville • Citadelle de Québec

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What people are saying about Quebec

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11,494 reviews

A wonderful 3.5 hr trip. Our guide and driver were very patient, friendly, and helpful. We really got a thorough introduction to the main areas and attractions of Montreal. We took our trip at 9am Thursday September 15. Thank you to the guide for sharing so much interesting information and anecdotes; and a thank you to the driver for safely driving us around a very busy city - both of you did an exceptional job! Many thanks.

The team was completely professional whilst still being great fun to be with. It was a bitterly cold day with a strong wind, but they even provided blankets to protect you whilst sitting your turn. The experience was so good, it will be remembered and recounted for years.

Amilee was a fantastic guide. This is the best way to see unique areas of Montreal.

Great way to see Quebec and Old Quebec- easy on and off.

Very interesting tour, nice views of QC from the water