Things to do in Quebec

This Canadian city is distinct in so many ways – from the country’s predominantly French-speaking region, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site to being the only walled-city not only in Canada but the entire North America as well...

1. Visit the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.

This lovely hotel holds the distinction as ‘the most photographed hotel in the world’.

Perfectly situated on a vantage point, it offers an amazing panoramic view of the city.

Tip: A visit to this place is free but requires a bit of a walk so ensure that you wear comfortable shoes unless you’re checked-in to a nearby hotel.

The place is generally busy; therefore a visit when the sun rises or later in the afternoon for a good sunset view is worth considering.

Time-wise, it takes an hour or two to properly explore the area.

The area is packed with cafes and restaurants though it may be a bit pricey for some to dine in.

Cheap eats are located off the area which may take 15mins or so to walk from the area.

We also recommend that you pay a visit to the Fairmont Hotel itself. Entry to the hotel is free and it gives you an opportunity to check the beautiful interior design of one of the city’s prominent landmarks.

2. Explore Quebec's Old Town.

Old buildings, art displays and fantastic selection of food, cafes and restaurants - Quebec's Old Town has it all.

Tip: The best part of exploring Quebec's Old Town is it's free. Even with it's narrow streets, there's just a lot to take in.

From simply checking out their art displays,

museums or just reliving the city's history.

As it involves a lot of walking, ensure you wear comfortable clothing.

We recommend you start from the top of Fairmont Le Chateau and make your way down unless you love walking uphill. 

We also suggest doing an early morning start to beat the crowd. A late afternoon walk can also be an alternative with the sun setting down.

Finally, try their poutine when you get into one of the town's cafes or restaurants.

3. Drive out-of-town to see Montmorency Falls.

This giant waterfalls is often overshadowed by the world famous Niagara Falls. In fact, it is higher than the former by close to 30 meters.

Its close proximity from Quebec makes it a perfect option for an out-of-town trip.

Apart for offering impressive panoramic views, the area also has a well-placed suspension bridge, a view deck, a cable car and a zip line if you're an adrenaline junkie.

Tip: When visiting this natural wonder, we recommend that you start from the top where there's a cafe and an introductory view deck.

It then leads you to a suspension bridge traversing the mouth of the river where the water fall starts. 

You'll be greeted with mist as you make your way down the stairs leading to the end of the waterfalls.

It's a good idea to bring a rain coat with you as well as wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes.

4. Visit the Notre Dame de Quebec.

This 17th century historical landmark is the oldest cathedral in all of Canada. It boasts of beautifully sculpted stonework complimented by an equally impressive interior design.

Tip: Check the cathedral's schedules when you're planning a visit as it's close during certain parts of the day.

If time is on your side, try and attend a church service which we found to be solemn yet gives you the sense of peace and reflection.

5. Check out The Plains of Abraham.

The Plains of Abraham has been a historical site of the French and British wars. It's a modern day park with a spectacular view of the St. Laurence River.

Tip: Access to this huge park is included in the Hop-on Hop-off bus route. But if time permits from your end, it's worth incorporating it as a day walk when you're visiting Quebec.


6. La Fresque des Quebecois.

This large mural made its mark for explaining the French-Canadian culture and history. It's easily accessible as you make your way around Old Quebec.

Tip: If you're into arts and painting and you happen to be in Quebec, you should check this mural. Make sure you get the explanatory notes with you as you may find some interesting things on the painting's fine details.