Old Québec

Vue aérienne sur Québec en hiver
Jeff Frenette

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

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Old Québec Areas

  • Colline parlementaire vue aérienne
    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

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

  • La relâche à l'observatoire de la Capitale

    Spring Break at the Observatoire de la Capitale

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  • La relâche à la Citadelle de Québec
    La relâche à la Citadelle de Québec
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  • Relâche scolaire sur les plaines d'Abraham
    School break at the plains of Abraham
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  • Générations

    Generations

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  • SLAM !
    SLAM !
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  • Guy Davis
    Guy Davis
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  • Pêche sur glace au Village Nordik du Port de Québec

    The Village Nordik at the Port of Quebec

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  • Lee Rocker
    Lee Rocker
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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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  • Musical performance 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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  • 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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  • Spectacle extérieur pour le Nouvel An

    5 Reasons to Celebrate New Year’s in Québec City

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  • Quartier Petit Champlain
    Step Into Historic Petit-Champlain Street, a Living Christmas Card
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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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  • Vue de l'avenue Saint-Denis et de ses maisons patrimoniales avec le Château Frontenac en arrière-plan.
    The 15 Prettiest Streets in Old Québec
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