Gare du Palais

Point of interest

Visitors arriving in downtown Québec City by train or motorcoach disembark at Gare du Palais, one of Canada's heritage train stations. It is housed in a building with many aspects of a French Renaissance château.

Gare du Palais, the former post office next door and the beautiful public park laid out before both buildings comprise one of the most eye-catching city scapes in Lower Town.

What to do at Gare du Palais?

  • Travel to Québec City from Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto or one of many other cities by train with Via Rail or by motorcoach.
  • Relax in Place Jean-Pelletier next to the sculpture/fountain created by Charles Daudelin to celebrate the power of water.
  • Admire Rêver le Nouveau Monde, a work of art comprising 40 chairs onto which have been inscribed texts by Québécois writers from the 19th century to today.
  • Have a drink or bite to eat at one of the many sidewalk patios onsite or nearby.

History of Gare du Palais

Inaugurated in 1916 by Canadian Pacific and two other railway companies, Union Station, as it was then called, was a prestigious building that rivalled similar structures elsewhere around the world. Despite its castle-inspired architecture in a style similar to that of Château Frontenac, the new station is modern, with its efficient though unusual Y-shaped platform able to accommodate several trains at once. Additionally, it has a major impact on the local economy, as it established a link between the port and railway network.

Soon the station would be renamed Gare du Palais in homage to the Intendant's Palace (now referred to as Îlot des Palais) located near this spot at the time of the colony of New France.

Even today, visitors are amazed by the large entry hall with its vaulted ceiling, stained-glass windows and abundant natural lighting.

450, rue de la Gare-du-Palais
Québec, QC,
G1K 3X2
Gare du Palais

You'll Also Like

  • Dinner with friends on an outdoor terrace of a restaurant on Grande Allée in the early evening.
    4 Ways to Enjoy French Canadian Culture
    Read
  • Terrasse Dugua-de-mons automne
    What to Do in Québec City in October
    Read
  • Bonhomme Carnaval
    What to Do in Québec City in February
    Read
  • Aerial view of the Hôtel de Glace site in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, near Québec.
    5 Reasons to Visit the Hôtel de Glace in Québec City
    Read
  • Nouvelle Vague Expeditions inc. - descent of La Traditionnelle on the Jacques-Cartier
    The Guide to Whitewater Rafting
    Read
  • Motoneige au Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
    6 Top Areas to Explore by Snowmobile Near Québec City
    Read
  • Cassis Monna & filles  - Cheers!
    Two-Day Food Itinerary with All the Best Eats
    Read
  • Parc national Jacques Cartier
    Top Places for Snowshoeing
    Read