Things to do in Quebec City

Nowhere straddles 2 worlds quite like this city, which is both a wholly North American and European cultural gem.

Our most recommended things to do in Quebec City

Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

1. Quebec City: Guided Visit of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Learn about castle life at the Château Frontenac during a guided tour of this iconic hotel located in one of the most beautiful sites in Quebec City. The visit will last between 50 to 60 minutes and includes an outer portion of about 15 to 20 minutes. The rest of the tour takes place inside. Take advantage of a unique chance to see the improvements of the installations undergone in recent years. Have a guide interpreting an authentic character who once lived in the Château Frontenac during the early days.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

2. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls & Ile d'Orleans Half-Day Tour

Visit the Côte-de-Beaupré region and Ile d'Orleans on a half-day tour from Quebec City. Discover the traditional villages of rural Quebec as you leave the driving to your experienced guide. Depart Quebec's Old Town and ride along the 40-kilometers of Chemin du Roy to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Make a stop at Abert Gilles' copper art studio along the way then spend 45-minutes exploring the renowned Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. Your next stop is the stunning Montmorency Falls, standing 1.5-times higher than Niagara Falls.  Be treated to a short visit of the beautiful Island of Orleans (Ile d'Orleans) and its charming 19th Century rural atmosphere. Stop in at the Island chocolate shop for some sweet treats before the return journey. The tour concludes with your return to downtown Quebec.

Quebec City: Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

3. Quebec City: Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

Grab an inner tube and get an adrenaline rush on many snow runs at the largest winter playground in North America. Located 20 minutes from Québec City, Village Vacances Valcartier is open day or night for your pleasure. Brave the highest accelerated run in North America and slide down Everest, or head over to the legendary Himalaya summit, where 4 ultra steep and ultra-fast runs will test your nerves of steel as you reach speeds of almost 80 kilometers per hour. Take a moment to admire the views on the way down if you can! Make your way to the 7 snow slides of varying degrees of difficulty in the Central Area and slip and slide with all the family. Experience the heart-stopping slides of the Avalanche area, including the Tornado and Snow Rafting slides. Race your mates and enjoy the runs as often as you like at leisure.

Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

4. Old Quebec City: 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Step back in time on a 2-hour Grand Walking Tour of Old Quebec City as you explore the abundance of history and charm of this incredible World Heritage Site. This tour meanders on a leisurely downhill stroll in the company of an expert guide whose commentary will leave you with a great sense of the history surrounding this unique and romantic setting. While stopping at every essential site and many hidden, historic gems, your guide will also point out additional activities, places to eat, and things to see. The tour is limited to small groups, allowing for maximum interaction with your guide and fellow participants. Get a taste of Quebec city's history, architecture and culture in a 2-hour tour in this storied city.

Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

5. Old Quebec: Nordic Spa Thermal Experience

Discover a complete relaxation experience at Strøm Nordic Spa, located only a few steps from Old Quebec City and the cruise terminal. Enjoy a thermal experience at an exceptional Nordic spa that includes the rental of a bathrobe, a towel, and a locker. Summer or winter, rain or shine, reduce stress as you revive your body and mind.  Begin by relaxing your muscles in the whirlpool hot tubs. Eliminate toxins by going to a heated sauna, followed by a dip in an ice-cold bath and a period of deep relaxation.  Practiced for thousands of years, thermotherapy is a wellness ritual based on the external use of water for therapeutic purposes. Benefit from access to the outdoor whirlpools, thermal and Nordic baths, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam bath, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, plus indoor and outdoor relaxation areas with fireplaces. The gourmet bistro on-site offers panoramic views of the river and a Scandinavian-inspired cuisine highlighting local products and flavors.

Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

6. Quebec City: 1-Hour Express Double-Decker Bus Tour

Make the most of your time in Quebec City and the later days of summer with an express orientation tour. Admire the historic Old Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, and the lively street, Grand Allée on a 1-hour tour. Climb aboard an open-top double-decker bus (summer) or a regular double decker bus (winter) for an introduction to this world-famous city. Departing from the center of Old Quebec, you'll experience firsthand the European charm of the first French settlement in North America. Discover Quebec's historic charm on a delightful route that showcases the Old Town, the historic Plains of Abraham that serve as the lungs of Québec City, and Grand Allée - one of the most colorful streets in Quebec City.

Quebec City: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

7. Quebec City: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

Do something different during your time in Quebec City and visit the beautiful Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America. Avail of a theme that changes each winter to the delight of locals and tourists alike. During your self-guided visit, be greeted by fascinating art upon your arrival at the Grand Hall, and then be awestruck by the themed rooms and suites decorated with majestic sculptures. Stop by the beautiful chapel to appreciate its magical ambiance.  With its majestic snow arches, crystal-clear ice sculptures, and beautiful rooms, the ice hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience providing a luxurious Nordic-style getaway within a winter wonderland.

From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

8. From Montreal: Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip

Explore the sights and history of Quebec City on a hassle-free guided day trip from Montreal. Relax in the comfort of a premium bus as you begin the scenic journey with complimentary pickup from downtown Montreal hotels. Start your day with a pickup from downtown Montreal. On arrival in Quebec City, visit sites like Place Royale, Old Quebec, Petit Champlain, Notre Dame Basilica, and the Quebec Citadel. Drive along Grande-Allee, stop at the Chateau Frontenac, and admire Quebec's oldest skyscraper. Enjoy leisure time to explore the city’s winding streets and Quebec City’s oldest public stairs, Escalier Casse-Cou. Ride the funicular built into the cliff which links Upper and Lower Quebec for magnificent views of the river and its surroundings. Stop at the Plains of Abraham to see where the famous battle between French and English armies took place in 1759. Depart Quebec City’s Old Town for Montmorency Falls to enjoy extraordinary views of the impressive 274-foot (83-meter) high falls. Then, get back aboard the bus for your return trip to Montreal.

Quebec City Tour

9. Quebec City Tour

Quebec City is best known for its French influence within architecture and historic landmarks. On a 2-hour tour, be transported around the city to see its main sights and gain some insight into its rich history. On your tour, you will be taken to see the Latin Quarter as well as several other more modern neighborhoods in the city. Pass by the city ramparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the only original city defense walls left standing in North America. Admire Place Royale and the Citadelle of Quebec, part of the old city. See where the Battle of the Plains of Abraham was fought, and visit important political and religious buildings including the National Assembly, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, and City Hall. You also cannot miss the view of the famous Château Frontenac, probably the most famous building in the city.

Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

10. Quebec: Ghosts and Crimes of New France Walking Tour

Take a 90-minute walking tour of old Quebec on this trip through the city’s darker history. Join your ghostly host and discover more about the wretched crimes, arrests and executions that happened centuries ago. Dressed as one the city’s notorious characters, your guide will lead you through Old Quebec and introduce you to the somber atmosphere that descends the old city once the sun is gone. Learn all about the sordid details of a history that has been hidden for far too long. During the animated tour you will walk the streets of Old Quebec and discover the judiciary system of New France. Discover how one became the city’s executioner and learn about the punishments for various crimes. See where the criminals were incarcerated and later executed. If you like bumps in the night and tales of ghostly goings-on, then this is the walking tour for you.

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What people are saying about Quebec City

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The tour was a great way to start our Quebec vacation learning about both the history of the hotel and a little of the City too. Our guide, Thomas, was filled with good humor and charisma.

It was excellent performance by the lady guide (I forget her name) who owns a horse named Bob. She was informative, clear in her enunciation and witty.

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of Quebec. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to listen to.

Excellent customer service, entertaining and knowledgeable guide tour. Alain made the trip fun!

Guy, our Guide, was very interesting and informative.