Discover the 10 best things to do and see in Old Québec. A stay is not complete without visiting these must-see attractions.
As our VIP guest, the Passport (included in you welcome kit) gives you free access (one per person) to various attractions and services in Québec City. This passport is valid (upon qualification) for the duration of your stay and not transferable.
Here is an overview of the attractions and services offered:
Traverse Québec-Lévis (ferry)
Hop on the ferry to see Québec City from an entirely different perspective as the seasons ebb and flow. The Québec-Lévis ferry offers spectacular views of Old Québec from the water and provides an excellent vantage point for taking gorgeous photographs of the skyline at any time of the day. Explore the marked bike paths on both shores: Corridor du Littoral (Québec City) and Parcours des Anses (Lévis).
Battles 1759-1760 Exhibition
A place of history, nature and culture, the Battlefields Park is both a historical and urban park, better known under the name of the Plains of Abraham. Battles 1759-1760, will make you experience the Battle of the plains of Abraham and Sainte-Foy. Follow this epic story via an immersive projection, a collection of uniforms and large maps. Discover two new thematics sections: Order and Law and Identities.
Musée du Fort
Through a 30-minute sound and light show, travel back in time to the foundation of Québec to revisit the six military sieges that shaped its history! This exciting historical period is brought to life with an impressive model of the city circa 1750. Located in the heart of Old Québec, start your visit to Québec City with a bang at the Musée du Fort! Shows in English are usually presented on the hour.
Observatoire de la Capitale
Observatoire de la Capitale offers the highest and best view of Québec City. From your elevated vantage point, admire the winding streets of Québec City, the mighty St. Lawrence River and two mountain ranges. After taking in the incredible sights, explore Horizons, a new discovery experience where visitors of all ages can learn more about the history of the provincial capital and what shaped the spirit of its residents. The first stop on your tour of Québec City!
Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site
Beneath the Dufferin Terrace lies an archaeological crypt revealing what was, for more than 200 years of French and then English rule, the official residence and seat of power of the French and British governors. Experience life in a château and let a Parks Canada guide tell you more about the history of a site where decisions that affected all of North America were made.
Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site
The fortifications of Québec surrounding the old town are close to 4.6 km (2.8 mi) in length. A walking guided tour allows visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the defense system of the only remaining fortified city north of Mexico and discover the historic district of Old Québec, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Proud of its reference collection of Québec art, the Musée abundant collection of more than 38,000 works offers a vast survey of the history of Québec art from the seventeenth century to today. Discover the MNBAQ’s new Pierre Lassonde pavilion, a world-class building by the architectural consortium OMA and visit the eight exhibition galleries, where contemporary Québec art since 1960 is on display, including Inuit art, the decorative arts and design. See the Charles Baillairgé pavilion – which served as the Québec City jail for nearly a century and the Morisset with its collection of Québec historical art.
Musée de la civilisation
The most popular museum in Québec City! An institution with an open cultural outlook that is oriented towards visitor participation and interaction. Family workshops and over ten exhibitions on current, historical and sometimes unusual topics.
The Huron-Wendat Museum is a National institution created to conserve and promote the heritage of the Huron-Wendat Nation. It’s a marvellous introduction to the history, culture and arts of the Hurons-Wendat. The guided tours will take you to the permanent exhibit Territories – Memories – Knowledge, the temporary exhibit at the moment and the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse. Audioguide also available in French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Mandarin.
Musée de l'Amérique francophone
The history of the French presence in America. Located on the Séminaire de Québec historical site dating back to 1663, discover the vitality of French-speaking North America, from its rich past and glorious history to its world vision and future. It all comes to life in the heart of Old Québec!
L'Îlot des Palais
All the history of New France and the brewing industry awaits you at the Îlot des Palais. In 18th Century vaults, the exhibition Revelations tells the history from Jean Talon Brewery to the 3 intendant’s palaces, from the prisons to the Boswell-Dow Brewery. Artefacts, archives, projections, rallies... gripping discoveries! Must see: Egyptian amulets, poodle skeleton, rifle items. Our outside activities: GéoRallies Old-Québec UNESCO and On the beer trail with GPS. Our walking tablet tours: Enigma Palace and Virtual excavations. You may also rent our 300-year-old vaults and organize your events.
Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec
See historic Old Québec via a unique funicular. A panorama of the St. Lawrence River and Lower Town at an angle of 45 degrees. The lower entrance of the funicular is located inside the maison Louis-Jolliet, 16, rue du Petit-Champlain, near Place-Royale. The upper entrance is situated on the Dufferin Terrace near the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. This is the only funicular of its kind in America. Taste a unique experience with a ride at the funicular!
Citadelle de Québec
The Citadelle is the largest British military fortification in North America. Located in Old Québec, it was built between 1820 and 1850 on the site of 17th century French fortifications and was part of the British military defence system on the continent. The Citadelle, still an active military garrison, is home to the Royal 22e Régiment (popularly known as the “Van Doos”). Here, you can visit the Museum of the Royal 22e Régiment, take a guided tour (year-round) or watch the Changing of the Guard in the summer. Night tours in the summer and fall.
Musée des Ursulines de Québec
It is with pride that we invite you to discover the new Musée des Ursulines de Québec. Bold and contemporary spaces, a convenient and functional layout, renewed permanent and temporary exhibits, all that, at the heart of a house still inhabited by its soul, will make your visit an endearing and unforgettable experience. What treasures these women, dedicated to God and their mission of girl’s education, have gathered. The Musée des Ursulines remains, still today, a place of openness, encounters and knowledge.
Aquarium du Québec
A playground overflowing with life!… Take an excursion from the boreal region to the Arctic. Come and discover nearly 10,000 specimens representing mammals, indigenous and exotic fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles. Observe our marine mammals including polar bears, walruses and different species of seals. Walk under 350,000 litres of water and discover the cold Pacific waters. Also: pavilion of rays. Water games and a ropes course for children. Open year-round!
Montmorency Waterfalls Park
Located a few minutes from downtown, Montmorency Falls Park is one of the most spectacular natural historic sites in Québec. The cable cars, panoramic stairs up the side of the cliff and suspended bridge over the falls afford a stunning view. The 83-m high waterfall (272 ft) is 30 metres (98.5 ft) higher than Niagara Falls. Watching it plunge into the basin below is quite an impressive sight. Free access to the parking lot and cable car.
Aux Trois Couvents
If you are a history or heritage buff, then you are sure to appreciate learning about the history of the human occupation and evolution of the Côte-de-Beaupré from 1535 to the present with the help of a small-scale model of this region. Watch 500 years of history come to life before your very eyes! Visit the permanent exhibit Nouveaux regards sur la côte des beaux prés (new look at the beautiful coastal meadows), the temporary exhibits and the archaeological ruins of Château-Richer’s two first convents, built in 1694 and 1830.
An impressive canyon carved into the bedrock by the powerful Sainte-Anne Falls (higher than Niagara Falls). Try “Air Canyon”, a first in a Canadian natural park: fly across the gorge while seated in a harness attached to a 90-m (252’) cable. Three suspension bridges. Zip line and three via ferrata routes (also available in the winter). See the giant’s cauldrons and the rainbows dancing over the falls. Help the Stone Family find the colours of the rainbow (app). Footpaths easily accessible by the whole family. National “Attractions Canada” winner.