Make the most of the warm summer weather by diving into Québec City’s history. Admire the incredible architecture and distinctive heritage of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Try the three-day itinerary below and get a real feel for Québec City’s past.  

Day 1: Explore More than 400 Years of History

Morning
Start by taking a stroll through the Old City. The planks of Dufferin Terrace conceal the remains of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux, which back to the residence of the governor of New France. After admiring the Château Frontenac, head down to the Lower Town and Place Royale, site of the first permanent French settlement in North America. From there, you can explore Rue du Petit-Champlain, one of North Americas's oldest commercial streets. If you want to learn more about the treasures of these historic sites, there are many guided tours available.

Afternoon
Visit historic institutions that are living monuments to Québec City’s past. Some highlights:

  • Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral Basilica, site of the only Holy Door in the Americas.
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral, the first Anglican cathedral built outside the British Isles.
  • Monastère des Augustines, the Augustinian convent that gave rise to North America’s first hospital.

For parliamentary history, the Parliament Building is a must. And don’t miss the beautiful Victorian library at the Morrin Centre—another of the Old City’s hidden jewels.

Evening
Enjoy Québec City’s fabulous evening ambiance with a stop at one of the many sidewalk cafés. If you’re in the mood for mystery and excitement, take a night‑time tour with Les Promenades Fantômes or Ghost Tours of Québec.

Day 2: Check out the Defensive Works

Morning
Explore the city’s military past with a tour of the Citadelle, North America’s largest British fortress. Be there for the changing of the guard, then visit the fascinating museum. Next, get some fresh air out on the Plains of Abraham—an urban oasis of green and the site of the famous 1759 battle where French and British troops faced off to determine the fate of New France. You can learn more about that war and its repercussions at the Plains of Abraham Museum.

Afternoon
Dive deeper into the defensive system encircling the Old City with a guided tour of the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site. You can also relive pivotal events in the city’s history thanks to the magic of virtual reality at Immersion Québec.

Evening
Enjoy the quiet of the city parks with a picnic in historic surroundings. If you couldn’t fit the Citadelle into your morning, check it out after dark with a tour by lantern light.

 

Day 3: Experience the Countryside Charm of Île d’Orléans and the Heritage of the Huron-Wendat First Nation

Morning
Île d’Orléans is an enchanted island of earthly delights—rolling countryside, historic homes, and all the fruit, vegetables, and flowers you could want. If you don’t have time to visit the entire island, start with the area around Sainte-Pétronille, which has spectacular views of Québec City and Montmorency Falls.

Afternoon
Visit Wendake to discover the culture and heritage of the Huron–Wendat Nation. Explore an authentic reconstruction of a historic Wendat village at Onhoüa Chetek8e Traditional Site, then continue your experience at the Huron–Wendat Museum.

Night
Find out what makes Wendat cuisine so special with a meal at La Traite or Nek8arre. Both menus feature outstanding wildgame and fish dishes.

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