When you enter Quebec City you step back in time. This historic city was founded by the French during the 17th century by Samuel de Chaplain, making one of the oldest cities in North America. Quebec City itself reflects France as many buildings were inspired by French ones giving it a European charm within North America.
Whether you travel here during the summer or winter in Quebec City there are tons of things to do. From shopping the quaint cobblestone streets to visiting the numerous historic museums, you’ll find something right for you. As Quebec’s second most populous city in the province it’s not shy of restaurants, shops or activities leaving thousands of things to do and see in the area.
Where to Stay
If you plan to stay downtown in Quebec City you’ll be close enough to all the major attractions and sights. It is a very walkable city where all destinations, shops and restaurants are all in close proximity. So if you’re staying within 20 walking minutes of the downtown you’ll be in great shape. Old Quebec supplies some amazing inns and bed & breakfasts but that isn’t the only place to stay. Along Grande Allée Est there are tons of big hotel chains and lodges leaving you many choices.
Quebec is known for its French cuisine but also a local favourite; poutine. You can find this delicacy in almost every restaurant and it is worth the hype. If you don’t know what poutine is basically its french fries drizzled with gravy and cheese curds.
The downtown is filled with dozens of unique restaurants ranging in all different types of cuisine. On Grande Allée Est you’ll find a row of charming restaurants great for a night out on the town serving tapas and drinks.
Hit up Beaver Tails for another Canadian classic, this treat consists of fried dough pastries hand stretched in the shape of a beaver’s tail. You can choose from multiple toppings to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Everything to do and see
Many attractions are located in the heart of Quebec City which are easily accessible on foot or by public transportation. Check out these must see’s and do’s:
National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec
Quebec is home to some of Canada’s greatest artists who have their work showcased inside the National Museum. Located in the heart of Battlefield Park this museum is filled with amazing artworks from notable artists such as Jean- Paul Riopelle and Alfred Pellan. There are numerous exhibitions featuring Canadian and International art making it an enjoyable experience for all ages.
Musée de la Place Royale
Located in the centre of a historic square Musee de la Place Royale boasts displays of various artifacts and remnants dating back to the beginning of Quebec City. Learn about Samuel de Champlain in a 3D film exploring his travels to the “New World” which brings the city’s founder to life.
Musée de Fort
Watch a 30 minute historic sound and light film sharing the story of the foundation of Quebec at Musee de Fort. This military history of Quebec City presents the battles and attacks that went on for centuries between the French, English and Americans. Played out on a mini theatre and light model it offers an easy grasp of history.
Plains of Abraham
This historic area located within Battlefields Park was once the site of a famous battle that occurred in 1759 between the French and English. Enjoy a relaxing stroll, a bike ride or have a picnic on the grassy fields for some down time.
Citadel of Quebec
The Citadelle is the oldest military building in Canada and today stands as an active military installation. It stands as part of the fortifications of Quebec City which loops around the entire city.
Old Quebec Funicular
This Funicular railway transports you from the Dufferin Terrace beside the Chateau Frontenac to Lower Old Quebec on a short two-minute ride. You’ll get a quick glimpse of the lower half of the city and the river.
Observatoire de la Capitale
Observatoire de la Capitale is the highest point in Quebec City offering a 360-degree view of the surrounding city for kilometers long. Travel through time with the multimedia display of the city learning about its fascinating past.
Shop till you drop on Rue du Petit Champlain for some local and unique French-inspired gifts. Or try Côte de la Fabrique and explore the Canadian Maple syrup boutique for some delicious goodies.
Quebec City and Beyond
If you’re looking for more adventure look no further! Go explore and travel to Montmorency Falls for the day to view the falls that are higher than Niagara Falls themselves. Île d’Orléans is only a short distance from Quebec City where you’ll find tranquil rural beauty. Here you will get a feel for traditional life in rural Quebec.
This post was written in collaboration with Quebec Region. All opinions are my own, as always.