One of the oldest European settlements in North America, Quebec City is a beautiful and unique destination. The city’s rich history has resulted in a magnificent French-influenced settlement, boasting incredible architecture, inspiring landmarks and a truly romantic atmosphere. Brush up on your French and discover one of Canada’s beloved gems. Here are our top five things to do in Quebec City.
Spend an afternoon at Montmorency Falls Park
Consistently ranked as one of the top things to do in Quebec City, Montmorency Falls Park is where you will find the cascading Montmorency Falls. Just 12 kilometres from the heart of old Quebec City, the stunning waterfalls are even higher than Niagara Falls at 272 feet. Climb the staircase to view this natural wonder up close or brave the suspension bridge that soars over the crest of the falls. You could also take the cable car to the top if you prefer to rest your legs. The surrounds are particularly beautiful in the winter months.
Take a stroll through Quartier du Petit Champlain
Take an afternoon stroll through the one of the most picturesque areas of the city, Quartier Petit-Champlain. A popular part of Old Quebec, the historic pedestrian-only streets are lined with restaurants, shops and art galleries, so grab a tasty bite or pick up a few souvenirs. You’ll find most of the locals here are happy to speak English and welcome tourists. Admire the charming European-style architecture and cobblestone streets, which are particularly magical when it snows.
Enjoy a tour of La Citadel de Quebec
The oldest military building in Canada, the Citadelle of Quebec is a World Heritage Listed site that receives many visitors each year. You can take a guided tour of this living fortress to discover over 300 years of history. With remarkable views of the St Lawrence River, the structure is located atop Cape Diamond, the highest natural point in the area. Most tours will also include a visit to the new, modern and interactive Royal 22e Regiment Museum. This is a must for all history buffs.
Appreciate the landmarks at Place Royale
The birthplace of the city, Place Royale is worth exploring. Step back in time and discover this fascinating French civilisation at the Musee de la place Royale. The museum features historical re-enactments, 3D film, a costume workshop and an archeological artefact exhibition. Make sure you also visit the oldest stone church in North America, the awe-inspiring Notre-Dame des Victoires. Stand in awe of the opulent gold decorations and captivating ornaments and sculptures. This church has even featured in a couple of popular films including Catch Me If You Can (2002).
Admire the waterfront at Terrasse Dufferin
Perhaps the best part of Terrasse Dufferin is the expansive views of the St. Lawrence River. Situated right on the waterfront, the public park is a wonderful place to just sit and take in the glorious surrounds. In the summer, street performers and artists will entertain, while in winter, there’s an exhilarating toboggan slide. Nearby is also the grand Chateau Frontenac, believed to be one of the most photographed hotels in the world. To learn more about the history of the region, you can also join a guided tour.
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