7 Must-See Indoor Sites in Old Québec
Rainstorm or heat wave messing with your plans? When on vacation, it’s good to line up some alternatives in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. You’ll find plenty of activities for a rainy day or summer heat wave in Québec City. So put away that umbrella (or parasol) and find out what makes Québec City so unique.
- ©Collection Assemblée nationale. Claude Mathieu
Free Tours of Parliament
Walk the halls of democracy to learn about Québec’s parliamentary institutions and admire the sumptuous architecture and numerous works of art.
- CCNQ Geneviève Clavet
Observatoire de la Capitale
Discovering Québec City on foot is magnificent. Seeing the city from 221 meters up, well now that’s spectacular! The Observatory, or Observatoire, offers an incredible panorama of the city and surrounding area—a full 360° view to the horizon, with an exhibition on Québec identity. In rare cases of zero visibility, the aerial city tour, a breathtaking virtual experience, will be a good option.
- Commission des champs de bataille nationaux
Battles: 1759–1760 at the Plains of Abraham Museum
Visit the front lines of a historic battle with an immersive show that will have you dodging cannonballs and yelling “Fire!” Experience the re-enactment of a major event that changed the fate of North America.
- Château Frontenac, Guy Lessard
- Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Guided Tour of the Château Frontenac
Québec City’s most iconic building has hosted some equally iconic visitors. Hear all about it on a guided tour of the Château, and learn about the architectural evolution of this prestigious establishment.
Musée des Augustines
In a building erected on the site of the first hospital in North America north of Mexico, a captivating exhibition retraces the evolution of health care and the spiritual and social commitment of the Augustinians of Québec.
- Musée de la civilisation
This Is Our Story – at Musée de la Civilisation
Musée de la civilisation's exhibition This Is Our Story draws on a rich collection including contemporary Aboriginal art—more than 450 objects are on display to introduce today's Aboriginal cultures and how they view the world.
- Cathédrale Holy Trinity
- Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, Daniel Abel
The Old City Churches
Open your heart to the beauty and architectural heritage of the churches in Québec’s Old City. Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral was the first Catholic parish church built north of the Spanish colonies, while Holy Trinity was the first Anglican cathedral erected outside the British Isles.