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Best Things To Do in Quebec City

If you're mesmerized by towering fortresses and lavish castles, you'll be more than satisfied just wandering the ancient cobblestone streets of Old Québec. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the only walled city north of Mexico. Inside its fortifications, charming cafés and antiques shops rub elbows with historic attractions like the Citadel and the Notre-Dame Basilica. When history starts to repeat itself and all the sights start to blend together, take in a breath of fresh air at Battlefields Park or Montmorency Falls. You can also combine history and nature with a walk along the scenic Terrasse Dufferin, where your stroll will be supplemented with fantastic city views.

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#1
Old Québec (Vieux-Québec) Free attraction
Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Clustered around the city's harbor on the banks of the St. Lawrence River are the quaint stone buildings and ... read more»

#2
Battlefields Park (Parc des Champs-de-Bataille) Free attraction
Parks and Gardens, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Anyone with an interest in colonial history should set aside some time to explore Battlefields Park. Sometimes referred to as ... read more»

#3
Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)
Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting about 8.5 miles northeast of Old Québec along the St. Lawrence River, Montmorency Falls Park attracts nature-lovers and ... read more»

#4
Place Royale Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: To the unknowing eye, this small section in Old Québec may just seem like a pretty place to shop or ... read more»

#5
Quartier Petit-Champlain Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Even shopaholics can't escape this town's devotion to history. Sitting on the southeast edge of Old Québec, the ... read more»

#6
The Citadel (La Citadelle)
Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Québec City's Citadel (La Citadelle, in French) is the largest British-built fortress in North America; it took 30 years ... read more»

#7
Terrasse Dufferin
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Overlooking Old Québec from its perch just below Château Frontenac, Terrasse Dufferin offers spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River ... read more»

#8
Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting about 22 miles northeast of central Québec City, this stunning religious site in the small town of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré was ... read more»

#9
National Museum of Fine Arts (Musée National des Beaux-Arts)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The National Museum of Fine Arts' perch in Battlefields Park means that you can enjoy views of this beloved green ... read more»

#10
Morrin Centre
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This fascinating historic site in Old Québec has worn many hats throughout its history. It was a military prison in ... read more»

#11
Museum of Civilization (Musée de la Civilisation)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Overlooking the port from its seat in Old Québec—just a short walk from Place Royale—the Museum of Civilization ... read more»

#12
Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Although the church itself has been rebuilt several times, the Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica has stood on the same spot ... read more»

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