7 Unique Things to Do in Québec City

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Editorial Team
Updated on December 19, 2023
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Do you like to fill up on authentic experiences, immerse yourself in local culture and create memorable memories? Here is our selection of typical and unique things to do in Québec City and its surroundings.

  • 1

    Stroll Through the Charming Steets of Old Québec

    Old Québec is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in North America. The cobbled streets, well-preserved fortifications and historic architecture bear witness to this rich history which allows it to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure. Locals contribute to the more than warm atmosphere, making visitors feel welcome in all seasons.

  • 2

    Sleep in the Famous Château Frontenac

    Relive the storied days of railroad construction in Canada by staying in the most photographed hotel in the world! The Château Frontenac is one of the 11 Fairmont hotels in Canada, all of them historic and architectural monuments built so that people could travel in style across Canada from coast to coast.

  • 3

    Join in the Festivities of the Québec Winter Carnival

    The Québec Winter Carnival has enlivened our winters since 1955 with a concentration of traditions drawn from our French-Canadian roots. Night parades, snow baths, snow sculptures, and canoes races across the frozen St. Lawrence River are just some of the long-time favourites at this 10-day ode to winter.

  • 4

    Eat a Poutine

    Imagine a mountain of crispy fries, topped with a generous portion of fresh cheese curds, all smothered in a deliciously warm brown sauce. Poutine is much more than just a dish; it's a true cultural symbol that reflects the culinary creativity and warm hospitality of the people of Québec.

  • 5

    Step Into the Enchantment of the Ice Hotel

    Expect to be dazzled by the Ice Hotel, the only place in North America where you can enjoy a drink in a bar at -5° Celsius, sleep snugly in a room sculpted out of ice, and exchange vows in a frosty chapel! A magical world where ice and snow transform into enchanting landscapes.

  • 6

    Go to the Sugar Shack

    With their long wooden tables, the sugar shacks evoke a community spirit where families and friends come together to share traditional dishes such as pancakes with maple syrup, taffy on snow and typical dishes of the Québec cuisine. While the sugaring season is at its peak in spring, it is possible to live this unique experience all year round in certain sugar shacks.

  • 7

    Take a Trip Back in Time at the New France Festival

    This colourful and good-natured celebration of the arrival of the first European settlers takes place in the authentic décor of Old Québec every year in August. Experience life as it was in New France during the French Regime in the 17th and 18th centuries!


Équipe édito
Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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