Choose Québec City
Choosing Québec City opens up a world of possibilities: outdoor activities, historic sites, festivals, world‑class restaurants, incredible scenery, and more—everything you need for a truly memorable stay.
The city’s charming historic district—a UNESCO World Heritage site—overlooks the majestic St. Lawrence River in a setting that showcases the remarkable beauty of the changing seasons.
The Four Seasons: Fall in Québec City
You don’t have to be an artist to be moved by the beauty of Québec City in the fall.
Dotted with parks, traversed by a tree‑lined escarpment, and blessed with a view of Île d’Orléans and Côte-de-Beaupré, the city is literally transformed in the fall by a sea of yellow, orange, and bright red leaves. Throw on a wool sweater and a dashing scarf and step outside to enjoy the glories of the season.
The Four Seasons: Winter in Québec City
At over 400 years old, Québec City has more than a few winters under its belt. But the beauty of the changing seasons never ceases to impress.
Winter in Québec’s capital city is nothing short of magical. Just stroll along Rue du Petit-Champlain, with its sparkling lights and frosted windowpanes, as the snowflakes come floating down. It’s a fairytale come to life.
The St. Lawrence River
Flowing past Québec City, the St. Lawrence River is the centrepiece of a magnificent scene, with Côte-de-Beaupré and the South Shore rising on either side and idyllic Île d’Orléans in between.
One of the longest rivers in the world, the St. Lawrence flows across all of Québec and much of neighbouring Ontario, where it forms a natural boundary with the United States.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site
On December 3, 1985, UNESCO declared the historic district of Old Québec a World Heritage Sites.
It was the first urban centre north of Mexico to earn the distinction. And given its incredible architectural heritage, it’s no surprise. Québec is the only city in North America whose fortifications are still virtually intact.
Québec owes its reputation as a historic gem to one feature in particular: Old Québec.
This mythic district, whose origins date back to the settlement established by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, is our most direct remaining link with the founding of New France. From the banks of the St. Lawrence to the heights of Cap-Diamant, you’ll discover layer upon layer of breathtaking history at every turn.
Whether you’re an epicurean, a foodie, or just looking for a good meal, your tastebuds are in for a real treat.
Québec City is home to a bevy of reputed chefs, who draw on local and international influences to deliver innovative, world‑class cuisine. Much like the city itself, the food scene is full of delicious contrasts, from bold international flavours to authentic terroir cuisine. With so many great restaurants so close at hand, the hardest part is deciding where to eat!
Make yourself at home at St-Hubert, a true Québec classic.
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a full meal to fuel the whole family, St‑Hubert has something for everyone. This casual restaurant located within the walls of Hôtel Château Laurier Québec covers all the bases—from hearty soups and roasted chicken served piping hot to plenty of decadent desserts.
Aux anciens Canadiens
Set yourself down in a 17th century abode for an authentic experience and a taste of true Québec cuisine.
With a menu that features Québec guinea hen, traditional meat pies and pig’s hoof stew, Aux anciens Canadiens is the place for a good old‑fashioned meal. Get ready to dig into some delicious northern comfort food.
A Grande Allée institution for over thirty years, the Louis-Hébert’s reputation stems from serious savoir‑faire.
Hervé Toussaint and his brigade serve up French‑influenced terroir cuisine in a modern dining room, with an emphasis on fresh market fare. There’s lobster ragout, foie gras, game meats, and over 6,000 bottles in the wine cellar. Prepare to be wined and dined!
Nestled between the St. Lawrence River and the Appalachian Mountains, Québec City is known for its European charm, delightful cobblestone streets, and welcoming locals.
One of the first settlements in North America, it boasts a multitude of monuments and some incredible scenery. The city’s cultural heritage has made it a mecca for lovers of history, politics, architecture, and art.
Observatoire de la Capitale
For a breathtaking view of the Old City and its stunning features, look no further than Observatoire de la Capitale.
Perched at an altitude of 221 meters (725 feet) on the 31st floor of the Marie‑Guyart Building, you’ll enjoy a panormic view of the city and surrounding area. Through vast floor‑to‑ceiling windows, contemplate the green hills, the spectacular St. Lawrence River, the fortifications, and all the wonderful features of this magical city.
The Citadelle of Québec
Explore the largest British fortress in North America.
Built between 1820 and 1831 on Cap Diamant, right next to the Old City, the Citadelle offers daily guided tours. From June 24 to the first Monday in September, visitors can also witness the changing of the guard, at 10 a.m. sharp. Military discipline at its finest!
Be sure to take a walk on the Plains of Abraham, an enchanting park that spans hundreds of acres in the heart of the city.
This storied park is named after the battle that took place there between French and British troops in 1759. Today it’s the site of the mainstage for the Québec City Summer Festival, the Edwin‑Bélanger Bandstand, and innumerable picnics for lovers, families, and friends. A uniquely peaceful urban gem!
Day and night, Dufferin Terrace is the perfect place to grab a coffee and go for a leisurely stroll.
Go tobogganing down the big wooden slide in the winter or gather around the many street entertainers in the summer. It’s fun for the whole family in every season! As you admire the spectacular view of the St. Lawrence River, you’ll understand why the Dufferin Terrace is such a favorite with locals and tourists alike.
Old Québec is ringed by fortifications that run 4.6 kilometers (nearly 3 miles), making Québec the only walled city in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.
To get a closer look, walk up to the top of Saint‑Louis Gate, built in 1693. You’ll have a fantastic view of Québec’s National Assembly, not to mention Grande Allée! If you keep walking south, you’ll also pass the Kent and Saint‑Jean gates.
The National Assembly
Hôtel Château Laurier Québec is just steps away from Québec’s National Assembly, which you can visit for free on a guided tour.
It’s a stunning example of Second Empire architecture and a great place to learn about Québec’s history and the inner workings of its parliament. You can also take a stroll through the National Assembly gardens and view the statues of historical figures set into the building’s façade.
A fun and festive city, Québec sets the scene for unforgettable moments.
With music, art, and family activities, you’re guaranteed a great time, no matter the season. A popular winter destination, Québec City is the snow capital of Canada. Bundle up and get outside to admire all the lights and decorations. When summer rolls around, it’s one festival after another. Just take your pick!
Québec City has been hosting the world’s biggest multisport winter event since 2010.
Every winter, the Snow Pentathlon turns the Plains of Abraham into the stage of a major competition where teams and individuals bike, run, cross-country ski, skate, and snowshoe their way across the city’s most famous park in a crazy snow‑filled race.
New France Festival
Every year in August, the New France Festival invites visitors to travel back in time to the 1600s, when French colonists first began settling in Old Québec.
Full of history, costumed characters, and lively activities, the festival will give you a real taste of life in the old colony. Experience French America in the 17th and 18th centuries during this unique event that brings history to life in the heart of Old Québec.
Québec Winter Carnival
In our city, February is party time thanks to the Québec Winter Carnival!
Join Bonhomme for Carnival activities and events and enjoy the very best of winter. With ice sculptors from around the world, winter slides, carriage rides, an ice castle, a sugar shack, and nighttime parades, there’s plenty of action to keep you warm, even in the heart of winter!
Québec City Summer Festival
Want to discover new musical acts from at home and abroad? The Québec City Summer Festival is one of the top outdoor music festivals in the country.
Head to the stages at Parc de la Francophonie, Place d’Youville, L’Impérial, and the Plains of Abraham for an amazing 11‑day experience and see some of the 1,000+ artists who descend on the city to deliver a slate of unforgettable shows.
Québec City has a wide variety of museums that are sure to please art and history buffs.
With loads of workshops, galleries, and exhibitions, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the birthplace of French North America as you discover famous Québec artists and take in exclusive international exhibitions.
Plains of Abraham Museum
Visit two important sites of Quebec’s military tradition!
Our neighbor, the Plains of Abraham Museum, and within walking distance, the Citadel of Quebec and its museum.
Pavillon Pierre Lassonde
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has a new acquisition: the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion.
The city’s flagship fine arts museum recently doubled its exhibition space to offer visitors a world‑class experience in a superbly designed addition that opened in June 2016. The lighting, the view, and of course the works themselves make for a captivating, immersive experience.
Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec
With 37,000 works of Québec art from the 17th century up to today, a former prison built in 1867, and an exceptional Inuit art collection, this is one museum you won’t want to miss.
Set on the magnificent Plains of Abraham amidst 108 hectares of woods and gardens, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is the perfect place to view the world’s largest collection of Québec art. See the works of Ferron, Pellan, Riopelle, and many more!
Musée de la civilisation
Musée de la civilisation has a real knack for putting on crowd‑pleasing exhibitions.
The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic and ethnographic objects from the province of Québec. It’s a time warp where past, present, and future co-exist. The permanent exhibition People of Québec… Then and Now explores some of Québec’s defining moments. See some of the province’s major figures and over 500 historic objects.
Québec City is home to scores of creative designers and passionate artisans who make works and products you won’t find anywhere else.
Dress up your wardrobe with exclusive designs and local brands in a district lined with beautiful boutiques. Stroll along the quaint cobblestone streets as you hunt for the perfect treat for the little ones in your life. You’ll find just what you’re looking for in Old Québec.
Petit Champlain District
In addition to being a favorite with visitors, the Petit Champlain District is a goldmine for exclusive, one‑of‑a‑kind items.
Take your time to peruse the unique independent boutiques and chat with owners who are passionate about art, home décor, and fashion. It’s a great way to discover local artists and Québec designers.
Le Louis-HébertVoir la carte
Le Café SiroccoVoir la carte
Aux anciens CanadiensVoir la carte
Le ContinentalVoir la carte
Le Conti CaféVoir la carte
Le St-HubertVoir la carte
L’Assemblée nationaleVoir la carte
Les fortificationsVoir la carte
La Terrasse DufferinVoir la carte
Le parc des Champs-de-BataillesVoir la carte
La Citadelle de QuébecVoir la carte
L’Observatoire de la CapitaleVoir la carte
Musée de la civilisationVoir la carte
Musée national des beaux-arts de QuébecVoir la carte
Pavillon Pierre LassondeVoir la carte
Quartier Petit ChamplainVoir la carte