Terrasse Dufferin

#7 in Best Things To Do in Quebec City
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Rue des Carrieres

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Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Overlooking Old Québec from its perch just below the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Terrasse Dufferin offers spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River. Formerly a military fortification, this public park still houses historic cannons. The atmosphere has changed drastically since Terrasse Dufferin's original construction in 1879; today – especially if you visit during the summer – you're bound to run into street performers and artists as you stroll along. Previous visitors also recommended spending some time here during the winter, when there's an ice toboggan to ride. 

To learn about the history of Terrasse Dufferin (and the rest of the fortifications of this Québec National Historic Site), consider tagging along on a guided tour. Tours are offered every day from mid-May to mid-October for around CA$5 (about $4). Tour times vary depending on the day and the language in which the tour is offered. 

Terrasse Dufferin is open every day, and admission is free, although you will have to pay extra to ride the ice slide. For more information, visit the Parks Canada website.

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#1 Old Québec (Vieux-Québec)

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 attractions, including the Citadel, the Quartier Petit-Champlain and the Notre-Dame Basilica. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of 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 coffee at one of the many charming cafes.

Many Québec City visitors cite the neighborhood's atmosphere as the primary draw, with many saying it feels just like being in Europe thanks to its cobblestone streets, stunning architecture and friendly locals.

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