Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec)
- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Clustered around the city's harbor on the banks of the St. Lawrence River are the quaint stone buildings and narrow, winding streets of Old Québec. This historic neighborhood (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) houses some of the city's most notable sites, including the Citadel, the Quartier Petit-Champlain and the Notre-Dame Basilica. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of spare time here: You'll find it difficult to resist popping into one of Old Québec's artisan shops or stopping to warm up with an aromatic cup of joe at one of the many charming cafés.
Many Québec City visitors cite its atmosphere as the primary draw. "I love the European feel," writes one TripAdvisor user. "It's a little pricy as it attracts a lot of tourists, but it is really beautiful and clean."
Old Québec indulges visitors day and night, offering its European-esque streets up for exploration 24/7. Although you don't have to pay to wander, some of the historic sites here do charge an entrance fee. You also might want to have some cash on hand in case you start to feel peckish or a souvenir catches your eye. For more information, check out the Québec City Tourism website.