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Best attractions in Quebec: Top 26

If you want to know what every inquisitive tourist should see in Quebec, study this review carefully. We will tell you about those Quebec attractions with which your trip to the Canadian province will be unforgettable.

What’s the first thing to see in Quebec?

In compiling our “best Quebec attractions” rating, we focused on reviews and recommendations from experienced guides and seasoned tourists. In our general opinion, you should book the following tours in Quebec:

1. Chateau Hotel Chateau-Frontenac

Château Hotel Château-Frontenac on the high bank of the St. Lawrence River on Cape Diamant Sandman5

Many guides in Quebec advise you to begin your journey through the city with a tour of this architectural monument. The walls of a majestic pseudo-palace, extraneous to the late 19th century “medieval” style, conceal a luxurious hotel. The interior decoration is represented by royal décor, marble bathrooms. There is an excellent view of the surroundings and the river valley. At one time F. Roosevelt and W. Churchill had private meetings there. Other high-ranking guests include show business and Hollywood representatives, important politicians, and heads of countries. Few hotels in Quebec, and indeed some attractions in Canada, can boast the same fame as Château-Frontenac.

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2. Old Quebec

Old Quebec is the historic center of Quebec
Trade Street in Old Quebec Tony Webster

The historic center of the city is under the protection of UNESCO. The first buildings here began to be erected as early as the 7th century, but most of the buildings belong to the 19th century. Compare Old Quebec with the classic quarters of the Old World in France. It has its own fortifications, mansions with a rich history, magnificent temples. A great option for what to see in Quebec in 1 day.

3. King’s Square

Busted by Louis XIV, the stone church and ancient buildings on the Royal Square jgreenberg

It was here in the early 17th century that S. De Champlain erected his first mansion. Be prepared for a lot of people on the square: both during the day and at night. As this is where many of Quebec’s interesting places are located, as well as historic buildings, restaurants and stores to suit all tastes.

4. Petit Champlain Street

The narrow pedestrian street of Petit-Champlain in Old Quebec 0x010C

In the 17th century, this ancient street was home to artisans moving into the city from France. In the 19th century, they were joined by immigrants from Ireland. In the 20th century the alley almost fell into disrepair, but still managed to maintain its atmospheric appearance. Now instead of residential buildings there are cafes and boutiques. To get to Petit Champlain you can use no less interesting attraction - Dangerous Stairs.

5. Promenade Samuel de Champlain

The Samuel de Champlain Promenade is a popular place to walk in Quebec Gilbert Bochenek

A colorful street stretching along an ennobled promenade, it is very popular with tourists and Quebecers. It got its name in memory of the city’s founder and famous French traveler. The promenade is made in a modern style: there are stone embankments near the water, geometrically shaped lawns, many platforms made of wood. If you don’t know where to go in Quebec City for a walk, come here.

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6. Old Port

Cruise ship at the pier at the Old Port of Quebec Charny

The oldest and one of the largest ports in the state, in former years of world importance. Thus, in the middle of the 19th century, more than fifteen hundred ships passed through it. Today it serves as a haven for giant international cruise ships. The Old Port is also on our list of “Quebec’s Best Sights” because you can see the Château-Frontenac and the entire city from here.

7. Quebec Fortress

The main entrance to the Quebec Fortress Pierre-Olivier Fortin
A high-altitude view of the military fortification located on Cape Diamant in Quebec Musée Royal 22e Régiment
The Batisse XI goat, mascot and member of the changing of the guard of the 22nd Royal Regiment The Photographer

A 19th century building with a star shape. Back in the day it was home to the city’s governor’s residence and military base. Its original formidable significance was also lost in the 19th century. Since 1920, the Citadel has been the gathering place for the Royal 22nd Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. Today the site is home to the School of Artillery.

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8. Fortress Walls

The fortress walls surround Quebec's Old Town (Upper Town) The Photographer

From the walls of the fortress you can admire the panoramas of the city. The mid-18th century fortifications themselves, built by the best engineers, also deserve attention. The remains of the walls, a reminder of the wars of the French and British armies, are protected by Unesco.

9. Parliament building

The facade of the eight-story Quebec Parliament Building on Parliament Hill Marc-Lautenbacher

The 52-metre building has eight stories. Its architectural style harmoniously combines European and French motifs. The facade of the building, with its peaked towers and numerous window openings, is now blue in color and adorned with 22 sculptures of historic personalities from Quebec and Canada. The interiors are in delicate pastel colors, and are richly decorated with moldings and paintings by famous artists.

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10. Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Cathedral

Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-Quebec or Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin of Quebec City Tony Webster
Interior of Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Cathedral in Quebec City GoLeafsGo

The Archbishop’s residence rises in Old Quebec. It is the oldest abode in the United States and Canada, and the oldest landmark in the city. The first stone was laid in the mid-17th century. Throughout its long history, the cathedral has been attempted to be demolished more than once. The feedback from tourists about seeing the monumental structure is invariably enthusiastic.

11. Saint Anne de Beaupré Basilica

Fountain with the statue of Saint Anne de Beaupré in front of the basilica on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River Selbymay

Every year the number of visitors to this basilica, created in 1620, is estimated at tens of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. It attracts maximum attention on St. Anne’s Day, celebrated in the city at the end of July. The monastery is considered to be miraculous. At the entrance there are always many crutches lying around. These are left behind by cripples who have succeeded in healing at the shrine.

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12. National Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Fine Arts at Abraham's Fields Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose

Quebec is a province in Canada that is famous for its original museums. This 1933 complex, consisting of 3 pavilions with prison corridors and spiral staircases, is one of them. The fact that he was allocated the building of the local prison. The windows are still protected by powerful bars. There are over 25,000 paintings by Quebec, American and European masters, some dating back to the 18th century. Temporary exhibitions are regularly organized.

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13. Quebec Mural

Quebec mural on the wall of a building in Old Quebec The Photographer

A colorful mural painted on the wall of a house in 1999 has become famous far beyond Quebec. The street painting shows historical characters and major landmarks of the city.It is made so detailed and precise that it has a 3D three-dimensional effect.

14. Museum of Civilization

Museum of Civilization in the former Paris Bank and Estebe House on rue Saint-Pierre Claude Gagnon

The exhibits of the museum, which began its work at the end of the 20th century, are unique. Each one tells the story of the city and the indigenous people of the state. The exhibits are both temporary and permanent. The number of exhibits in the museum’s permanent collections is approximately one million items.

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15. The Morrin Center

A modern cultural center in a restored old prison building in Quebec Spudgun67
Library in a cultural institution - Morrin Centre Québec Thomas1313

A cultural center with a library and its own laboratory operates in the building of a former Quebec prison. In former years, there was even an educational institution here. Travelers are offered half-hour tours, which tell about the history of the landmark and part of the city.

16. Quebec Aquarium

Interesting performances featuring sea lions at the Quebec Aquarium Michel Rathwell

The Public Aquarium was created in the mid-20th century on the basis of a scientific biological complex. There are now about 10,000 inhabitants, including walruses, polar bears and seals. If you don’t know what to visit in Quebec would be fun for the whole family, buy a ticket to the Aquarium, you won’t be disappointed.

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17. The Erico Chocolate Museum

The Erico Chocolate Museum in Quebec Lou Stejskal

Adults and young guests of the museum are invited to see how chocolate is made today and how it was produced many years ago. In addition, there is a documentary film about chocolate products and their production. After touring the complex, visitors can purchase sweet goods made right there in a small store at the museum.

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18. Railroad Station

View of the French-style train station in Quebec denisbin

The train station is a red-brick architectural masterpiece decorated with exquisite stained-glass windows and created in the French style. The station cannot take huge numbers of passengers, but is well known for its interesting appearance. The presence of a clock face, several towers near the entrance and a sloping roof give it a palace-like appearance.

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19. Funicular

The funicular in Old Quebec connects the Petit-Champlain district to the Museum of Civilizations Tony Webster

A late 19th-century system that connects the Museum of Civilizations with the city’s historic district. The structure, about 60 meters high and 64 meters long, has been reconstructed three times. At the very end of the 20th century funicular was closed because of a tragic accident. Large-scale reconstruction work was carried out and the funicular became operational again. The glazed cabins offer great views of the city.

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20. Quebec Bridge

Quebec Bridge over the St. Lawrence River, connecting the cities of Quebec and Levy Muriel Leclerc

Date of construction - 20th century. Trains, pedestrians and cars travel over the bridge, which is one kilometer long. The site is considered a valuable monument of history and engineering, and is protected by the authorities.

Quebec sights: what else to visit in Quebec?

We have told you about the main attractions of Quebec in brief. If you have already seen them once, when you come to the city, be sure to visit:

21. The Fields of Abraham

Abraham's Fields is a green park near the historic center of Quebec City Michel Rathwell
Martello Tower in the Battlefields Park in the Abraham's Fields of Quebec Michel Rathwell

A huge city park that is deservedly considered one of the most beautiful on Earth. Travelers and locals cross-country ski, barbecue, bike and hike here. It’s on this plain that the national celebration of June 24th (the city’s national celebration) is organized. If you want to spend your free time enjoying the beauty of Canadian nature, you won’t find a better place.

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22. Jacques-Cartier National Park

A spectacular view of the Jacques-Cartier River Valley from the top of Mount Andante in Jacques-Cartier Park Cephas

The territory of the park is a steep cliffs, more than five hundred meters high, deep gorges and a rough river. Guests can go fishing, kayaking, canoeing and other boating, hiking, camping overnight and taking great photos.

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23. Orleans Island

Rural scenery of Orleans Island in Quebec P199

An island that is famous for its medieval atmosphere. To understand what it represents, think of the beautiful 17th- and 18th-century countryside. There are fewer than a dozen small “Victorian-era” farms in the area. Visiting the island is suggested on organized tours. If you come here in season, you will be treated to all sorts of traditional foods and drinks, including ice cider, freshly baked bread, and ripe berries.

24. Montmorency Falls

Pedestrian bridge over the picturesque and powerful Montmorency Falls in Quebec Stacy

The waterfall was discovered in the 16th century, giving it the name of a French viceroy of the time. Today, the area has been landscaped and includes paths leading to the topmost level to the bridge. The bridge offers an incredible view of the rushing wall of water. Please note: the climb up, although there are trails, is quite difficult. In the hot season, it’s worth stocking up not only on patience, but also on water, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes without heels.

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25. Ice Hotel

One of the rooms at the Ice Hotel in Quebec Matias Garabedian
The Chapel of the Ice Hotel in Quebec Clément Belleudy
Bar at the Ice Hotel in Quebec Pierre-Arnaud KOPP

The material used to build an unusual hotel with a spa complex and bar, is ice. Guests are invited to rest in sleeping bags on special pillows and mattresses. During the summer days the furnishings and walls of the building melt and are erected again in winter. For this reason the hotel has no specific location. However, it is not difficult to find it - it is popular not only in Quebec, but throughout Canada.

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26. Quebec Winter Carnival

The Ice Palace during the Quebec Winter Carnival Shapiros10
Quebec Winter Carnival Night Parade Stagiairec

The annual celebration continues for twenty days. The carnival attracts guests from all over the country and the world. Suggested winter activities include snowball games, snowboarding and skiing, children’s car races, parade parades, and making figures out of snow and ice. Life and fun in the city continues from early morning until late at night.

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We hope that you will want to see the sights of Quebec, photos with names and descriptions of which we have given, in person. Read also about Montreal sights and be inspired for further travel in Canada.

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