The perfect place to get away from it all by the water, the Old Port offers stunning views and loads of laid-back charm. Here are the top things to see and do in Old Québec's easy-going area.
Old Port Map
Québec City’s Old Port stretches out along the St. Lawrence River and is home to a marina, cruise ship terminal, and plenty of picturesque little streets. Take the time to explore Rue Saint‑Paul, Rue Sous‑le‑Cap, Rue Sault-au-Matelot, and Rue Saint-Pierre. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.
- Société des traversiers
- Jeremy Mckinnon
A variety of boat tours and excursions depart from the Old Port. Admire the magnificent landscapes, including Cap Diamant which is beautifully lit up at night. In winter, observe the play of the current—and chunks of ice crashing against each other in winter—while you enjoy the fresh breeze.
Place des Canotiers
- Place des canotiers, Jean-Philippe Labrie CCNQ
Place des Canotiers is a wonderful urban park at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River, the port, and the city. With its unbeatably gorgeous view of Château Frontenac, the Petit-Champlain, and Old Port districts, it’s a favourite spot for locals and tourists looking to soak up the sights, check out the action on the river, and just enjoy life.
Art Galeries and Antique Shops
- Rue Sault-au-Matelot, Pierre-Nic Lessard
- @franfreduch, Vieux-Port
The charming streets that surround the Old Port are perfect for strolling and whiling away the hours at antiques stores, art galleries, and restaurants. The enchanting decor is peppered with historic houses that were once home to the likes of grain merchants and wholesale grocers. At Place FAO, amid the circa 1900 architectural gems of the old financial district, lies a striking fountain sculpture that’s a favourite of passersby.
Musée de la civilisation
- Jeff Frenette Photography
Musée de la civilisation is one of the finest institutions in Québec City. The museum is known for its interactive and participatory exhibitions exploring the myriad facets of society and the human experience. There’s also People of Québec…Then and Now, a permanent exhibition where you can learn about what makes Quebecers tick, plus workshops that are fun for the whole family.
A Top Cruise Destination
- Claude Bouchard
Québec is increasingly positioning itself on the international cruise scene as a destination and port of embarkation of choice. Over the years, it has welcomed passengers enjoying, among others, the Canada—New England itinerary. From summer to the end of fall, impressive ships call into Québec’s port.
- Vieux-Port, DF Design Production
- Ville de Québec
Witness of the Old Port’s industrial vocation by day, the Bunge grain silos are transformed come nightfall. They serve as the backdrop to Aurora Borealis, an impressive work that illuminates the grain silos with the colours of the northern lights, creating a fascinating luminous sculpture.
Old Port's Harbour Bath
- Port de Québec
The Port of Québec Oasis is North America's first harbour bath. Located at Bassin Louise just outside Espace 400e building, it provides the equivalent of an Olympic-sized swimming pool with five 50 m swimming lanes in the summertime.
Gare du Palais Train Station
- Place Jean-Pelletier, Jean-Guy Lavoie
Built in 1915 in the same style as Château Frontenac, the Gare du Palais train station gives passengers their first taste of the romantic, picturesque city that awaits. In 1992 it was designated a heritage railway station in recognition of its architectural, historic, and environmental value.
Îlot des Palais
- L'îlot des Palais
- L'îlot des Palais
This historic and archeological site is located on the grounds of the city’s first brewery, which was founded by Jean Talon, the very first intendant of New France. An immersive onsite exhibition takes visitors on an unlikely journey full of twists and turns. Guests get to visit the remains of the brewery, the successive palaces built for the intendants, the King’s prison and stores, and the largest French Régime–era vaulted cellars still standing in Québec City today.