Old Québec

Petit Champlain
Jeff Frenette Photography

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. Expect an awe‑inspiring journey through a collection of architectural treasures unlike anything outside Europe. Get ready to travel back in time.

Old Québec City Map
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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    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
Point of interest
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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Avenue Saint-Denis
The 15 Prettiest Streets in Old Québec

Check out our top 15 most charming streets located in the historic district and make wonderful travel photos.

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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.
    4 Romantic Activities in Old Québec Read
    View of the Tourny Fountain illuminated in the evening and the Parliament Building in the background.
    4 Lovely Fountains Within Old Québec Read
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Citadelle of Québec.
    15 Sites Witness to our British and Irish Heritage Read
    Statues de la Fontaine de Tourny
    9 Monuments and Statues in Old Québec Read
  • Couple sitting outside on a bench, near Martello Tower 1, on the Plains of Abraham.
    8 Surprising Activities to Enjoy on the Plains of Abraham Read
    Facade of the restaurant Chez Boulay - Bistro Boréal
    7 Best Restaurants in Old Québec City Read
  • parliament building
    7 Surprising Facts About the Parliament Building Read
    Auberge Saint-Antoine
    A Hotel and Museum Steeped in Québec City History Read