Old Québec

A family photograph themselves in the rue du Cul-de-Sac, with the Château Frontenac in the background.
Francis Gagnon

Bask in the European charm of this UNESCO World Heritage treasure as you stroll and take in over 400 years of history in the birthplace of French North America.

Slip on some comfortable shoes and follow your own path through the only fortified city north of Mexico. Take a walking tour to discover its rich history. Expect an awe‑inspiring journey through a collection of architectural treasures unlike anything outside Europe. Get ready to travel back in time.

Where Is Old Québec

Carte du vieux Quebec

What Is Old Québec

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Old Québec is the most intact fortified town north of Mexico, retaining its colonial architecture for over 400 years. It is the historic and cultural heart of Québec City, and the birthplace of French North America.

Wander through Petit-Champlain, one of the oldest shopping streets in North America, and discover the historic gems found inside the walls, including the fortified walls and ramparts. Explore the shops and marina of Old Port, and soak in the atmosphere of the Plains of Abraham and Parliament Hill.

 

Video Old Québec City

View of the Château Frontenac and avenue Saint-Denis at sunrise, from the Pierre-Dugua-De Mons terrace.
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Summer Vacation in Québec City - Discover 400 Years of History

Discover the historical and cultural richness of Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure and the only walled city north of Mexico.

Old Québec Areas

  • parliament building
    Parliament Hill & Plains of Abraham

    Dominated by the Parliament Building, the Parliament Hill gives access to Grande Allée. Explore this area that exudes style and elegance.

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  • Saint-Jean Gate illuminated in the early evening, with the Hotel Palace Royal in the background.
    Inside Québec City’s Walls

    Discover the top things to do inside Québec City's walls, the fortified area where the famous Château Frontenac and the Citadelle are located.

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  • Tourists walk on rue du Petit-Champlain in summer.
    Petit-Champlain

    Discover the top things to do in Petit-Champlain, a fairytale area known for its cobblestone streets, European architecture, and great shopping.

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  • Vue sur la marina du Vieux-Port de Québec
    Old Port

    Discover the best spots to enjoy a perfect day of antique stores, art galleries, and restaurants in the streets that surround Québec City's Old Port.

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Old Québec Must-See Attractions

D'ouville Ice Rink

10 Best Things to Do in Old Québec City

Discover the 10 best things to do and see in Old Québec. A stay is not complete without visiting these must-see attractions.

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Three friends are snowshoeing on the snow-capped Plains of Abraham and heading towards the historic Martello Tower.

How to Embrace Responsible Travel in Old Québec

Want to see this gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site for yourself while minimizing your carbon footprint? Here are some tips for embracing responsible...

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Events in Old Québec

  • L'exposition Pharaons au MCQ

    Time of pharaohs

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  • René et Lévesque
    René et Lévesque
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  • Affiche de la semaine de la poutine
    Poutine Week
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  • Aquaphoneia - Navid Navab
    Mois Multi
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  • Bonhomme Carnaval is photographed on the exterior bridge of the Québec-Lévis Ferry, in winter.
    Québec Winter Carnival
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  • Audiovisual and Multimedia
    Québec Winter Carnival Musical Evenings
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  • Sirop! par Flip Fabrique
    Sirop! par Flip Fabrique
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  • Course en canot

    Québec Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race

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Local Tips about Old Québec

  • A couple raise their glasses and eat on the terrace of a restaurant on rue Saint-Jean, in summer.
    3 Romantic Activities in Old Québec
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    Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Citadelle of Québec.
    15 Sites Witness to our British and Irish Heritage
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  • Statues de la Fontaine de Tourny
    9 Monuments and Statues in Old Québec
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    Aerial view of the illuminated Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in the evening, in winter.
    Experience Québec City’s Heart and Soul
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  • Three friends are snowshoeing on the snow-capped Plains of Abraham and heading towards the historic Martello Tower.
    A Winter Blast Where North America's Fate Was Sealed
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    Quartier Petit Champlain
    Step Into Historic Petit-Champlain Street, a Living Christmas Card
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  • Ferris wheel and pyrotechnics on New Year's Day in Quebec City

    5 Reasons to Celebrate New Year’s in Québec City

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    Avenue Saint-Denis
    The 15 Prettiest Streets in Old Québec
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