Things to do in Quebec City
Quebec City is known for its history, making one feel that they’ve stepped into old-world Europe. Old Quebec is divided into Upper Town (Haute-ville) and Lower Town (Basse-ville). Upper Town is the only walled city north of Mexico and there are 4.6 miles of walls and gates to explore. Lower Town is older than Upper and many of the shops and restaurants are in 17th century buildings. Visit Le Chateau Frontenac by horse drawn carriage, one of the most photographed hotels in the world, or stop listen to street performers while dining al fresco. Speaking of dining, explore Quebec in a yummy way on this popular walking food tour, where you’ll get to taste 15 regional specialties from spots the locals love to go.
Terrasse Dufferin is a wide boardwalk built in 1879 offering the best views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Quebec City, including Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and Place-Royale. Sit and people-watch as you listen to talented street musicians or watch ships come into the harbor. It offers a lovely walk from the Funicular (a cable car that runs up and down the hill between the Upper and Lower Towns) all the way to Plains of Abraham. While you’re on the Terrasse, learn more about the historic Chateau Frontenac on this 1 hour guided hotel tour.
Plains of Abraham
Another must-see is the Plains of Abraham (also known as Battlefields Park), which is the site of the British-French battle of 1759. This park is the heart of the city, like what Central Park is to New York City, the park’s array of summer and winter activities and stunning natural beauty makes it one of the most popular local attractions. During the summer months, visitors are able to take a narrated bus tour of the Plains of Abraham, seeing sights such as the Citadel, the Joan of Arc Gardens, the barracks and the old jail, among others.
Place-Royale offers a vibrant and lively atmosphere filled with tourists and locals. With its array of cafes and an impressive statue of Louis XIV, the area is a great place to take in the distinctive culture that Quebec has to offer. Visit the Place Royale Museum (musee de la Place-Royale) and see what life was like in “New France” in the early 1600’s and the life of Samuel de Champlain. Also visit the oldest stone church in North America – Notre-Dame-des-Victoires.
The Petit-Champlain District had humble beginnings in the early 1600’s as a small port village and has grown to be one of the most visited tourist spots in Quebec. The historical architecture and narrow cobblestone streets lie world-class cuisine and trendy shops and boutiques. See the restored 18th and 19th Century interiors of Mason Chevalier.
A great way to see all of the above sights and many more, the Hop-on-Hop off bus tour will take to you the most popular stops, where you can hop off to explore, and then hop back on and take the bus to the next stop that tickles your fancy. There are 12 different stops, and commentary while you tour on the bus. There’s even on-board WiFi to help you decide where you want to go! Buy your tickets online now!
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Top Excursions in Quebec Cruise Port
Your knowledgeable guide will take you through the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec City, one of the oldest European settlements in North America. See the main sights such as Chateau Frontenac and Place Royale, as well as hidden treasures.
Duration: 2 hours
Activity Level: Moderate