Things to do in Quebec City

Nowhere straddles 2 worlds quite like this city, which is both a wholly North American and European cultural gem.

Our most recommended things to do in Quebec City

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

1. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

2. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

3. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the sights and history of Quebec City on a hassle-free guided day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. Start your day with a pickup from downtown Montreal. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allee, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

4. Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

Take a 90-minute walking tour of old Quebec on this trip through the city’s darker history. Join your ghostly host and discover more about the wretched crimes, arrests and executions that happened centuries ago. Dressed as one the city’s notorious characters, your guide will lead you through Old Quebec and introduce you to the somber atmosphere that descends the old city once the sun is gone. Learn all about the sordid details of a history that has been hidden for far too long. During the animated tour you will walk the streets of Old Quebec and discover the judiciary system of New France. Discover how one became the city’s executioner and learn about the punishments for various crimes. See where the criminals were incarcerated and later executed. If you like bumps in the night and tales of ghostly goings-on, then this is the walking tour for you.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

5. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

6. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Montmorency Falls with this ticket to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and a round trip cable car ride to the top of the falls. Take advantage of free parking at the cable car station in Beauport.  Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, learn more about the history of the park at the interpretation center located in the Manoir Montmorency. You will also find a souvenir shop there. Continue to the suspension bridge hanging directly over the falls and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

Quebec City: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

7. Quebec City: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

Do something different during your time in Quebec City and visit the beautiful Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America. Avail of a theme that changes each winter to the delight of locals and tourists alike. During your self-guided visit, be greeted by fascinating art upon your arrival at the Grand Hall, and then be awestruck by the themed rooms and suites decorated with majestic sculptures. Stop by the beautiful chapel to appreciate its magical ambiance.  With its majestic snow arches, crystal-clear ice sculptures, and beautiful rooms, the ice hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience providing a luxurious Nordic-style getaway within a winter wonderland.

2-Hour Christmas Magic Tour in Old Quebec

8. 2-Hour Christmas Magic Tour in Old Quebec

On this tour you will have the opportunity to soak in the beauty of a UNESCO World Heritage site where beautiful buildings and monuments litter the winding streets. You will be taken to the Château Frontenac, Dufferin Terrace, Notre-Dame-de-Québec basilica, and the Place Royale, the cradle of French civilization in North America.

Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

9. Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

Discover a complete relaxation experience at Strøm Nordic Spa, located only a few steps from Old Quebec City and the cruise terminal. Enjoy a thermal experience at an exceptional Nordic spa that includes the rental of a bathrobe, a towel, and a locker. Summer or winter, rain or shine, reduce stress as you revive your body and mind.  Begin by relaxing your muscles in the whirlpool hot tubs. Eliminate toxins by going to a heated sauna, followed by a dip in an ice-cold bath and a period of deep relaxation.  Practiced for thousands of years, thermotherapy is a wellness ritual based on the external use of water for therapeutic purposes. Benefit from access to the outdoor whirlpools, thermal and Nordic baths, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas with fireplaces. The gourmet bistro on-site offers panoramic views of the river and a Scandinavian-inspired cuisine highlighting local products and flavors.

Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

10. Quebec City: 15, 30, or 45-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Experience Quebec city from above on a breathtaking helicopter tour. Choose your own adventure with 3 unique tour options. Tours depart from a heliport near Jean Lesage International Airport, located just 20 minutes from downtown Quebec. Your flight duration depends on your selected option. Choose the "City" tour for a taste of Quebec's historic attractions, including the famous Château Frontenac, then fly over the vast St. Lawrence River to the bridges. Opt for the most popular "City and River" option to include Quebec City, the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls, and Île d’Orléans on your flight. Alternatively, explore further and see more on an extended "City and Mountains" tour that sends you soaring over the historic city, the St. Lawrence River, and beyond to Montmorency Falls, Île d’Orléans, and the breathtaking outlying mountains.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

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The tour was a great way to start our Quebec vacation learning about both the history of the hotel and a little of the City too. Our guide, Thomas, was filled with good humor and charisma.

It was excellent performance by the lady guide (I forget her name) who owns a horse named Bob. She was informative, clear in her enunciation and witty.

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of Quebec. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to listen to.

Excellent customer service, entertaining and knowledgeable guide tour. Alain made the trip fun!

Guy, our Guide, was very interesting and informative.