The Best of Québec City in 72 hours
If you’re in town for 3 days and wondering what to do and see to avoid missing anything, here’s an itinerary that will help you make the most of your stay and really get a feel for Québec City.
It’s the perfect place to take pictures of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, like the Château Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace, the fortifications and city gates, the Citadelle, the Parliament building, Tourny Fountain and the Plains of Abraham.
Admire Québec City from Observatoire de la Capitale's expansive windows, the highest viewpoint in town.
Stroll through the Upper Town and catch some of the lively street performers. Pull up a chair at one of the many restaurants and wind your way through the cobblestone streets to enjoy the city’s European charm and the unique vibe on summer evenings.
Head to Rue du Petit-Champlain -one of the prettiest streets in Canada- to do a little shopping and discover our talented local artisans. This district is also home to Place Royale, the gorgeous square where Québec was founded in 1608. Keep an eye out for the many architectural details that point to Québec City’s French and British past.
Hop on board the MV Louis Jolliet for an AML sightseeing cruise. The view of Québec City from the St. Lawrence River is simply stunning.
There are shows and events all year in different parts of the city. Check the events calendar to see what’s shaking while you’re in town.
Morning and Afternoon
Take the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency cable car to the clifftops and admire the majestic Montmorency Falls. Cross the nearby bridge to Île d’Orléans for another exceptional view of Québec City and take a moment to tour this historic island known for its idyllic landscapes.
Next, head out to Canyon Sainte-Anne and try the longest two‑seater zipline in Canada—the only one in the country that goes flying through the trees.
As you’re driving back to Québec City, stop at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, one of the oldest Roman Catholic pilgrimage sites in North America.
Hungry? Traditional Québec cuisine is hearty, filling, and proudly featured at a number of local restaurants. Enjoy a pint at one of the local microbreweries or stop at a bar chansonnier for the full folk experience.
Those 72 hours go by fast! If you stay for 5 days, you’ll get the chance to dig deeper into Québec City.